Todd D. Maurer, FOUNDER & RESEARCH director

Todd Maurer founded 3/1 Global Research to support the rapid expansion of education and knowledge industries around the world.  His currently work at the intersection of education and workforce development is built upon deep investment research and M&A experience working with corporations, start-ups, governments, and private investors in Asia and emerging economies.  He is currently President of The Versatile PhD, a market leader for graduate student and PhD career readiness serving many of the leading US universities, and founder of PeplWorks, an employment technology start-up.

Maurer was previously Vice President of Corporate Development, China and North Asia, for Apollo Global, a joint venture investment company formed in 2007 by Apollo Education Group, Inc. and the Carlyle Group, with operations in 14 countries.  Prior to this he was a Partner at Lotus Asset Management Limited, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund and alternative investment firm, which focused exclusively on the Asia-Pacific and India through both public and private market investments.  He has also held senior corporate finance and equity research positions within Peregrine Investments Holdings Limited based in Hong Kong, Seoul and Beijing. At Peregrine he worked on a number of landmark privatizations, global offerings and financial restructurings involving both state-owned enterprises and private sector firms, while also representing some of the world’s leading multinationals on acquisitions in China and Asia.  He commenced his career as a trade economist with KOTRA, a Korean government agency, where he developed US-Korea economic and trade research. 

In the field of education and related technology, Maurer has advised numerous multinational, growth and early-stage companies across the student and investment cycle.  He is currently a Board Member of CMS Global, a leading online platform for interntional students operating in China and Vietnam.

Mr. Maurer earned a B.A. in Economics from U.C.L.A, an M.I.A from Columbia University, and has conducted post-graduate study at Peking University and Nanking University, China.  He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese, and conversational Korean and Russian. 

Please contact Todd Maurer to inquire about research, advisory work, speaking engagements, and other issues, at these coordinates:

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