Chia-Chao is the son of Taiwanese entrepreneurs from whom he inherited his entrepreneurial nature.
In 2002, he co-founded Empowerdex with Vuyo Jack and steered Empowerdex into the sphere of black economic empowerment (BEE) research with the release of South Africa’s first empowerment-based survey, better known today as Empowerdex’s Top Empowerment Companies survey. In addition to being a chartered accountant, Chia-Chao is a qualified chartered financial analyst, and holds a master’s degree in finance.
Chia-Chao spent four years lecturing finance and investment at post-graduate level at the University of the Witwatersrand on a part-time basis, while completing his articles. He currently manages Empowerdex’s rating and research operations and oversees the expansion of Empowerdex into Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
Chia-Chao also co-led Empowerdex’s advisory team in various BEE processes and participated actively in the development and the drafting of the BEE Codes of Good Practice and the Tourism BEE Charter. Other sectors in which the Empowerdex advisory team has provided BEE advice, include agriculture, financial services, ICT and advertising.
Lunch Spot: Harrisons; Japa Japanese Restaurant, Rivonia