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Stephen Higgins


Managing Partner

Stephen is a founder and Managing Partner of Mekong Strategic Partners (MSP),

bringing to MSP two decades of experience in banking and financial services,

communications, leadership, and strategy. At MSP, Stephen has specialised in financial

services and renewable energy, and advised on some the largest transactions in Cambodia in recent years.

Prior to this, Stephen worked for ANZ Banking Group for 18 years, most recently as CEO of ANZ Royal Bank. During the four years of his leadership, ANZ Royal increased revenues by 145%, while growing profit by more than 2000%. ANZ Royal also achieved the highest employee engagement of any ANZ business in Asia, and won Bank of the Year for Cambodia. 

Before moving to ANZ Royal Bank, Stephen was ANZ's Group Head of Investor Relations, responsible for ANZ's global investor relations program and for the management of ANZ's relationships with investors, brokers, ratings agencies, and market regulators. During this period, ANZ was rated by fund managers and analysts as the best in Investor Relations in Australasia for three consecutive years, with Stephen being awarded Australasia’s Best Investor Relations professional.

Stephen’s earlier roles in ANZ included roles in Corporate Banking and Esanda Finance, ANZ's leasing subsidiary. 

Previous roles include:
Director, TPC Microfinance 2012-2014
Chairman, ANZ Laos, 2010-2012
Chairman, Wing Cambodia, 2009-2011
President, AusCham Cambodia, 2008-2011
Member of ANZ’s Group Corporate Responsibility Committee, 2010-2012

Stephen has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.