Brent Kao

Brent Kao

APAC Head of the Official Institutions Group

Brent Kao is Head of Official Institutions for APAC Client Business and Head of APAC Global Consultant Relations. Brent is responsible for supporting our in-country coverage of official institutions, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with the investment consultant community throughout the region.


Prior to assuming the current role, Brent was Head of HK and Taiwan Institutional Client Business. He was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with sovereign wealth fund, pension funds and insurance general account investors in Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as family office and fund of funds investors in Hong Kong. He was also the Asia ex Japan Financial Institutions Leader from 2015 to 2018 to support the coverage of insurance clients in the region. 


Mr. Kao's service with the firm dates back to 2008, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI) which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was a Client Director for institutional Sales. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Kao worked at Citigroup Global Markets Asia where he held the position of Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodity Sales in Hong Kong.


Mr. Kao earned a BA degree in communications from National Cheng-Chi University in 1997 and a MA degree in economics from Duke University in 2003.