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Event Details Have you ever had an inner voice telling you to strive for more despite having already built a successful professional career?
If this question has crossed your mind, you would not want to miss the opportunity to hear from
Denise Wong, the former CFO of Green Monday Group. She will share with us her journey, having taken a leap of faith to leave her successful banking career to join an HK-based startup, and following her passion for sustainability and social impact, all whilst becoming a first-time mother Speakers Denise Wong Former CFO at Green Monday Group Stephanie Cheung Yale Club Hong Kong
Denise is a seasoned, senior professional with over 20 years of global finance experience. She has served as c-suite of a mission-driven start-up, managing director at a global investment bank, and angel investor to disruptive consumer brands. She endeavors to leverage her leadership skills and expertise in finance to drive developments in sustainability, and to catalyze shared value and innovation to help solve the most pressing environmental and social issues.
A strong sense of purpose led Denise to join Green Monday Group in 2021 as the inaugural CFO after almost two decades as an investment banker. At its core, Green Monday strives to empower communities with an ecosystem of wholesome and sustainable food choices. The company was featured on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, and was named one of Fortune China’s “20 Most Socially Influential Start-Ups in China.” Prior to making her mark in the world of start-ups, Denise was a Managing Director at Barclays PLC, where she last served as head of the Asia consumer & retail investment banking team. Over the course of her investment banking career, Denise was based in both Hong Kong and New York and advised global and regional consumer, retail, power, and utility companies on cross-border M&A transactions and capital raises representing over US$80 billion in capital. Denise is a passionate advocate and champion for sustainability, diversity and inclusion, social entrepreneurship, and citizenship. She chaired numerous diversity networks at Barclays, held board positions at non-profit organizations such as the HKIS HK Alumni Association, and spearheaded numerous successful shared value collaborations between corporates and NGOs in Hong Kong, including the Connect with Work Programme between Barclays and The Nesbitt Centre, and The Giving Tree Hong Kong. In its fifth year, The Giving Tree aims to raise awareness and support for disability and mental health issues in Hong Kong while creating new avenues of employment for local artists with disabilities. Denise also volunteers her time as a mentor for Hong Kong University’s Lead for Life Character Leadership Programme and Hong Kong University’s Entrepreneur Society. Denise graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She is the proud mother of a 2-year-old toddler, Madelyn.
As a career adventurer, Stephanie Cheung's journey of more than 20 years has spanned various industries across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. These include fixed-income and hedge funds investing; luxury retail merchandising; commercial real estate and business development in unicorn startups and NYSE-listed FinTech companies.
In her former finance career, Stephanie was the lead credit analyst and portfolio manager of over US$2.6 billion of US & European Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) and Commercial Real Estate Collateralized Debt Obligations (CRE CDOs) for TCW, under the legendary "King of Bonds" Jeffrey Gundlach (now the CEO of DoubleLine Capital). Prior to that, she worked for CBRE Investors, investing in US commercial real estate on behalf of public pension funds and insurance companies. Stephanie discovered her passion in luxury retail, and in 2010, made a radical shift in her career from managing financial investments to managing retail businesses. Stephanie started her career transformation at Tiffany's Global Merchandising, then Coach, working as a Senior Manager for Asia ex-Japan, including Greater China. With Stephanie's prior experience in finance and consumer juxtaposed with her strong interest in technology and early-stage startups, she joined naked Hub in 2017, which was subsequently acquired by WeWork, as the first Community Head of Hong Kong. She then moved to WeWork’s Enterprise Team in Business Development and Sales focusing on creating global workplace solutions. In Stephanie’s most recent role, she migrated to the FinTech world as Vice President of Strategic Account Management of NYSE-listed Enfusion, covering hedge funds, family offices, and asset managers in APAC. Stephanie received her MBA with distinctions from Yale School of Management and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California. She has also authored an article in the SCMP and co-authored an IMD Business School case study on agriculture financings. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running / hiking, reading all sorts of topics that intrigue her, and exploring the corners of the world. Stephanie has travelled to over 67 countries including North Korea, Iran, Bhutan, Pakistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Cuba. Agenda February 22, 2023 Main Schedule
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Post talk mingling and networking
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