Mr. DING Lei

Chief Innovation Officer
HNA Innovation Finance Group

DING Lei joint HNA Innovation Finance Group in March 2017 and, together with the team, is helping to build the new Innovation and Investment platform for the new sub-group of HNA Group. 

Prior joining HNA, DING Lei worked with HKEx since August 2015. he helped to expand the HKEX and London Metal Exchange's business in Greater China area, and to develop commodities business in HKEx's derivatives market in Hong Kong. 

DING was a trader at the Global Commodities Division, China Merchants Securities (HK) (the “CMSHK”). He was also a Responsible Officer (“RO”) of China Merchants Futures (HK). He handled both market making for OTC products and executions for exchange-traded futures, and covered multiple commodities sectors such as base metals, precious metals and energy etc. Before DING joined the CMS in 2013, he worked at Newedge and Bank of China International (the “BOCI”) as a commodities sales-trader over four years. At the BOCI, he was one of the key members who build the first team in commodity business among the Chinese financial intuitions. 

DING started his career in Finance and gained an extensive experience and a thorough understanding in middle-office and back-office work flows during his time working as a product controller in currency derivatives at Goldman Sachs in New York for three years.

He is a Beijing native and based in Hong Kong, holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago, also a Master’s Degree in Statistics from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.