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.

CHRIS CHAN

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Chris Chan is an Engagement Manager at Quinlan & Associates.

Chris is a financial service consultant in strategic change and operational strategy.  His career spans 20 years having worked mainly in Asia within management consulting and asset management, in particular as a head of operations for a number of hedge funds and private equity funds. Chris has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Stanley, Sparx Group, Segantii Capital Management and the Shirlaws Group.  In addition to his financial service experience, Chris is also an accredited business and executive coach and works with clients across the management spectrum from middle to senior executives and CXO level leaders in leadership development and performance management.

EDUCATION

Chris holds an MBA with the Henley Business School (2008) and has a BA (Hons) in Chinese Studies and Economics with The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1997).  He is also a Registered Corporate Coach with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and a Certified International Corporate Coach (ICC) with Progress-U/ Ivey Business School.

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.

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 organising 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.

ANTTI VIITALA

RESEARCH ANALYST

 

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Antti Viitala is a Research Analyst at Quinlan & Associates.

Antti recently completed a winter internship at Quinlan and Associates where he concentrated on the firm’s research publications specifically in the cryptocurrency space, as well as provided assistance in research for client project proposals. His past experience includes working for NGOs and startups with a focus on data analytics, sustainability and technology.

Antti is a final year student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and has completed numerous projects during his study for partners including Bloomberg and the Nature Conservancy. He has served as an executive member of the University’s International Consulting Club, focusing on client engagement projects and internal operations.

CHARLES YAU

RESEARCH ANALYST

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Charles Yau is a Research Analyst at Quinlan & Associates.

Charles recently completed a winter internship at Quinlan & Associates, where he was responsible for thought leadership research and providing insight into the technology space for client engagements. He has previously worked at Logicalis Asia working on building a cross-regional cyber security team and served as an intern at IBM expanding their blockchain initiative in South East Asia.

Charles has been extensively involved in the operations of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s International Consulting Club. He recently expanded the club to Los Angeles, opening a branch at the University of Southern California. He now acts as a global advisor to the branches whilst running for-profit and non-profit pro-bono client engagements in Hong Kong and abroad.

HEMANT KUMAR

RESEARCH ANALYST

BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Hemant Kumar is a Research Analyst at Quinlan & Associates.

Hemant has 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 has 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.