MATTHEW LE MERLE

Matthew Le Merle is a Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital and Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com). Fifth Era invests in and incubates early stage technology enabled companies, backing teams that understand internet, mobile, social, local, commerce and payments technologies and who are putting them together in new and ambitious ways.

Matthew is an expert on digitization having advised leading technology companies including eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft and PayPal on how to drive and benefit from emerging digital value propositions.

Mr Le Merle has also provided sovereign advice regarding innovation and regional economic development to the governments of China, Germany, Ireland, Korea, UK, USA and the EU and to the states of California, Massachusetts, North Carolina among others.

Matthew's career has spanned being a global strategy advisor, a professional services firm leader, a corporate operating executive, a private equity investor, and board director for high growth public and private digital economy companies.

Matthew is Board Director of the Bay Area Council, Trustee of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Member of the Academy for Interactive Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was appointed to the Governor of California’s China Delegation in 2010 and to the Governor’s Life Sciences Council in 2005. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Shanshan, one of China’s largest companies.

Mr. Le Merle received a BA (Double First) and MA degree from Oxford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.