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David Yu
David Yu

Professor, CFA, ISTAT Certified Aviation Appraiser Adjunct Professor Finance 


New York University Shanghai 

Professor David Yu is Adjunct Professor Finance at New York University Shanghai where he teaches Investing and Financing in and with China; and Private Equity & Venture Capital in Asia and Emerging Markets. He also a faculty member and teaches cross border investments and financing at the joint NYU Stern and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Masters of Global Finance Program. He is also a Fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise. He has taught at the Shanghai Party Institute of CPC and Shanghai Administration Institute and is a Senior Instructor in aviation acquisition, finance and lease for IATA. He is also a recognized Aviation Expert by the Export Import Bank of China.


Prof. Yu is a recognized expert in cross border finance and investing.  In addition, Prof. Yu has extensive experience in direct investments and financing across industries globally including deal origination, analysis, structuring, financing, and senior management responsibilities. He has provided investment and financing solutions and advisory services to airlines, lessors, investors and financial institutions globally.


Prof. Yu is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Inception Aviation Holdings, an aviation investment firm.  He is also the Senior Advisor for IBA Group, a leading global aircraft appraisal and consultancy.  Previously, he was the China Chief Representative, VP Asia (Head of Asia) and Executive Committee member at Libra Group, a large Greek family investment conglomerate, where he was responsible for all of Libra’s Asian interests including aviation, shipping, energy, hotels and real estate.  Prof. Yu was based in four continents before running Asia and founding the China business. Prior to Libra, Prof. Yu worked in investment banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Industries Group, where he focused on M&A, debt and equity transactions in transportation, aerospace and defense, and diversified industrials.


Prof. Yu is a CFA Charterholder and has a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science (full honors) and an M.S. in Systems Analysis and Applied Economics (Dept. of Geography and Environmental Engineering) from Johns Hopkins University. He also has an M.B.A. in general management with a concentration in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business and studied at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management and the National University of Singapore’s School of Business.  He is a member of ISTAT, CFA Institute and is an International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Certified Aviation Appraiser, where he is the only independent in China and one of ~50 globally.