Baohan Wu is Selva Partners’ Director of Finance.
Coupled with his financial and real estate background, he pursues the relationship of economics, finance and environmental protection. Wu’s interest in the environment began at an early age. Born in northeast China of Chinese and Mongolian heritage, in 1991, he migrated with his family to the United States, as his mother was completing her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Minnesota State University.
Wu later returned to his native land and became acutely aware of the deleterious impact that pollution was having on China’s environment. Through its rapid growth, China had become contaminated. This was epitomized for him during a visit to Beijing, when he was enveloped in a massive dust storm induced by human activities. At that moment, he realized that, despite the benefits that economic growth has brought to China, the unintended effects of environmental despoliation would ultimately undo the positive efforts of the nation. At that point, Wu determined to dedicate himself to solving environmental problems by creating a better analytical understanding of the inextricable links among economics, finance and the natural environment.
After completing secondary school in the northeastern United States, Wu graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double-major in Finance and Real Estate. It was here that he combined his environmental concerns with the real estate and financial services industry to create unique business prospects. During his university years, Wu worked at Bank of America as a community development analyst.
After graduation, he worked at JP Morgan, as a commercial mortgaged backed securities analyst and at Simplex Investments, as a market maker for equity options.