Ascent Funds brings together senior executives from some of the world’s largest energy and investment companies
Mark has an MBA (honors) from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Analytic Finance and Economics. Mark has an MA from Stanford University and a BA from Brown University (honors). Mark is a CFA charter holder.
Mark was awarded a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and he completed the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
David is the former Chairman of Capital Markets for Fosun International, one of the world’s largest investment conglomerates managing over US$120 billion in global assets. At Fosun, David led the strategy to list the Group’s subsidiaries, running multiple global IPOs with a combined transactional value of over US$10bn. He also ran strategic financing activities for Fosun’s private equity & venture capital, co-chaired Fosun’s ESG committee and pioneered the investor relations strategy for the global group which received the "Best IR" award from The Asset in both 2017 and 2018.
Born in Hunan, China, David grew up in London and graduated from Trinity Hall College, Cambridge University. David was a capital markets investment banker with Rothschilds in their London, Moscow and Singapore offices and held senior positions with communication giants Brunswick Group in Beijing and Edelman in Hong Kong. David is now based in Singapore.
Mr. Vogelstein is also the Chairman of New Providence Asset Management, LLC and Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus, LLC. Born in 1934, he attended The Taft School and Harvard College. Mr. Vogelstein began his career at Lazard Freres & Co., where he became a partner in 1964. He joined E. M. Warburg & Co., Inc. (later Warburg Pincus, LLC) in 1967. Mr. Vogelstein was the Chief Investment Officer of Warburg Pincus LLC for more than two decades. He and Lionel Pincus built the firm to be one of the largest and most successful full line private equity firms in the world.
Currently, Mr. Vogelstein is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prep for Prep; Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers of The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University; Trustee of New York University; Chairman of Third Way; Chairman of Christie’s Advisory Board; Trustee of Temple Emanu-El; Trustee of The Jewish Museum, and Director of Flamel Technologies.
Dr. Hession began his career with BP specializing in managing major development projects. From 1998 to 2013 he worked with Woodside Energy managing major LNG projects and developing new businesses. Dr. Hession was educated in the United Kingdom, France and the United States and has a doctorate in climate science from the University College Wales. He also has a MBA from the London School of Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, and New York University in the US.
He was the founder of Serica Energy plc and has been involved with the successful start up and financing of a further six companies (Mitra Energy, Malaysia now Jadestone Energy, Canada; MPX Limited, UK now Zennor Petroleum, UK; ZinMac - now Strategic Oil and Gas, Canada; Greenfields Petroleum, USA; CaribX Limited, UK and Helium Resources Ltd, UK).
Chris brings a wealth of exploration and successful small company business experience. PhD., BSc. SID