February 2, 2023
QED hires Melissa Ho as first employee in Singapore
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- QED Investors, a leading global venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services companies, today announced the hire of Melissa Ho.
Melissa joins QED as a principal focusing on fintech investments across multiple stages in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on early stage companies.
“Mel is passionate about working closely with the companies she invests in and has a sense of humility and realism which takes her a long way there,” said QED Investors Partner and Head of Asia, Sandeep Patil. “She is a driven and energetic investor and a determined and intentional partner. Her diverse breadth of experiences and depth with the Singapore and Southeast Asia ecosystem will be brilliant additions to QED as we advance to help founders at the earliest stage of their journeys and build our on-ground presence in Asia.”
Previously, Melissa led the investment team at Wavemaker Partners, one of Southeast Asia's leading seed VC funds investing in enterprise, deep tech and sustainability companies. She was responsible for the Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh markets, plus the primary verticals of SaaS, B2B marketplaces, proptech, edtech, commerce and consumer internet.
Melissa started her career at Singapore Airlines where she gained operational experience across product innovation and management, corporate strategy, as well as fuel procurement and hedging. Before transitioning to VC, she founded and led the regional marketing, partnerships team at Shopee, Southeast Asia's largest e-commerce firm.
Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in international relations and economics from New York University.
Founded in 2007, QED Investors has invested in more than 200 companies, including 28 unicorns, and has $4.3 billion under management.
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