YVETTE KWAN

PARTNER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Yvette Kwan is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Quinlan & Associates.

Yvette has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate strategy and investment banking. Prior to joining Quinlan & Associates, Yvette was the Regional Operating Officer (COO) for UBS AG’s Corporate Client Services division in Asia Pacific, which included UBS’s Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Financing Solutions businesses across 13 countries, including a China onshore securities joint venture.

Before taking up her position as Regional Operating Officer, Yvette was an Executive Director in UBS’s Group Strategy and M&A departments in Zurich, Sydney and Hong Kong, where she worked on a number of high-profile strategic engagements covering acquisitions, principal and joint venture investments, corporate governance and shareholder management, new business setup and talent programs. Her experience includes the evaluation of new business opportunities, the development of board papers, strategy execution and monitoring of strategic initiatives.

Before joining UBS, Yvette worked in the Greater China and Corporate Finance team at Credit Suisse First Boston in Hong Kong. She began her career in Emerging Business Services and Corporate Tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Sydney.

EDUCATION

Yvette graduated with merit from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), where she completed an exchange at Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Madrid.

VIPPY WONG

SENIOR ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Vippy Wong is a Senior Engagement Manager at Quinlan & Associates.

Vippy has extensive experience in financial services, having spent over a decade in investment banks, exchanges, technology providers and management consultancies. Most recently, she was a Director in the Industry Solutions team at Thomson Reuters, where she was responsible for identifying, developing and executing new, innovative ventures and businesses across the Financial & Risk sector.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, she was a founding member of a new commodities exchange in Hong Kong, where she was involved in all aspects of launching the trading venue with a focus on business development, and sales and marketing.

Vippy has held various positions in principal investments, corporate finance, strategy and management consulting in Hong Kong and New York. She covered mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, and principal investments as a TMT investment banker and equity investor at ABN Amro. As a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, Vippy has advised a number of global and Asia based financial institutions including wealth managers, insurers, and custody banks.

EDUCATION

Vippy has an Executive MBA from EMBA-Global Asia, a joint program between Columbia Business School, University of Hong Kong and London Business School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University, majoring in Operations Research & Financial Engineering, where she graduated magna cum laude.

SHOBANA STASSEN

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Shobana Stassen is an Engagement Manager at Quinlan & Associates.

Shobana was previously a management consultant at Oliver Wyman in Hong Kong, an international strategy consulting firm, where she focused on Transaction Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Wealth & Asset Management. In her role she advised a number of high profile financial institutions on a range of projects, including competitor benchmarking, crisis intervention strategies for financial regulators and central banks, as well as corporate strategy and applied risk management.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Shobana worked in corporate & technology strategy at Computer Science Corporation and in Radical Innovation Strategy at Deutsche Telekom in Berlin.

EDUCATION

Shobana holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where she graduated in the Tau Beta Pi Honours Society.

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RESMA GANDESHA

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Resma Gandesha is an Engagement Manager at Quinlan & Associates.

Resma has considerable experience in strategy consulting, working on projects spanning market entry, performance improvement and cost efficiency, with a core focus on the UK Financial Services sector. Most recently, Resma has worked with a number of FinTech start-ups on examining financial crime trends, particularly in the UK, US and Asia.

Prior to her work in the FinTech space, Resma was part of the Retail Banking strategy team at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in London. In her role, Resma worked on a number of landmark strategic projects, including the development of a market entry strategy for a new UK challenger bank, a performance improvement strategy for RBS’s insurance platform and the creation of a strategic framework designed to protect vulnerable customer groups.

Resma transitioned into her strategy role from RBS’s Technology & Operations department, where she advised on projects including competitor and industry benchmarking, scenario analysis, evaluating new business opportunities and strategic planning.

EDUCATION

Resma holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Aston University, United Kingdom.

HUGO CHENG

CONSULTANT

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Hugo Cheng is a Consultant at Quinlan & Associates.

Prior to joining Quinlan & Associates, Hugo acted as an external consultant for eHarmony in United Kingdom, recommending service innovation improvements based on future technological trends and upcoming technological innovations. He also completed an internship at Azura Partners, focusing on strategic distribution, brand development and product design in the luxury resort and urban retail markets.

Hugo has also interned at DBS Hong Kong in the bank’s liquidity department, focusing on Basel III and researching High-Quality Liquid Assets. He also interned in DBS’s marketing department, supporting senior team members on organsing a variety of large-scale events for the bank’s clients and employees.

EDUCATION

Hugo holds a master’s degree in Management (Distinction) from Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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SAHIL MOHNANI

RESEARCH ANALYST

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Sahil Mohnani is a Research Analyst at Quinlan & Associates.

Sahil previously completed a summer internship at Quinlan & Associates focusing on strategic engagements and thought leadership research. He has interned within the Finance division at JPMorgan in Hong Kong, the Financial Services Auditing practice at KPMG in Hong Kong, and served as a Business Development intern at Monexo Innovations Limited, a Hong Kong based peer-to-peer lending firm.

Sahil has been extensively involved in representing his university, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, at international case competitions and debate tournaments, including winning the SCMP / IFPHK Financial Planner’s Student Category Awards in 2016.

HEMANT KUMAR

RESEARCH ANALYST

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Hemant Kumar is a Research Analyst at Quinlan & Associates.

Hemant most recently completed a summer internship at Quinlan & Associates, performing thought leadership research and co-working on an internal project. Prior to this, Hemant has interned at KPMG’s Financial Services Audit department, and Kowloon Shangri La’s Finance department.

Outside of financial services, Hemant currently serves as the President of 180 Degrees Consulting HKU, a branch of the world’s largest student-run consultancy providing solutions for social enterprises and NGOs in Hong Kong.

AVINASH BHARWANEY

RESEARCH ANALYST

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Avinash Bharwaney is a Research Analyst at Quinlan & Associates.

Avinash most recently completed a summer internship at Quinlan & Associates, where he focused on various thematic and thought leadership pieces, as well as researching and preparing material for client engagements. His past internship experience includes working for IT and startup firms.

Avinash was selected on behalf of his university, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), to participate in a semester-long consulting project with Standard Chartered. He has also been an Executive Committee member of the HKUST International Consulting Club.