A focus on growth
Founded by two former bankers, John McGinley and Stephen Higgins, both with deep experience in the region, Mekong Strategic Partners is now an experienced firm that helps clients invest in growth.
Early success working on some of the largest transactions in Cambodia’s history resulted in the business moving beyond Cambodia to take on clients and transactions in Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.
A passion for the environment and sustainable business practices led to a growing volume of engagements associated with climate finance. This resulted in the establishment of a dedicated Climate Finance division in 2019 to join the existing Corporate Advisory and Investment Management business units.
Our Corporate Values
Always, in everything we do.
For each other, our community, our clients, and all those we do business with.
For our clients.
Essential in developing markets.
The interests of our clients come first.
An experienced banking and development finance executive, John possesses dual expertise across financial services, as well as the development sector. As a long term resident of Cambodia, John has a proven track record of successfully building high performing businesses across the Mekong Region.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Stephen has more than two decades of experience in banking and financial services, communications, leadership, and strategy. At Mekong Strategic Partners he specialises in financial services and renewable energy, and has advised on some the largest transactions in Cambodia in recent years.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Bora is an American Cambodian with 10 years professional experience in the United States working in investment management, private equity and technology start-ups. He was born and raised in Phnom Penh and joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2016.
Dr Nick Boerema joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2017 as the lead on renewable energy and water. Nick has a PhD in solar energy engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and experience developing commercial solar projects.
Investment Manager Private Equity & Infrastructure
With 10 years of experience in Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Tax, Bophana joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2017 as the Finance Manager. Prior to joining us Bophana was Head of Accounting and Finance at the German multinational firm Bayer.
Head of Finance
Tola is an experienced senior banking and financial services executive with over 10 years’ experience working within the Australian banking sector. Raised and educated in Melbourne and Canberra, Tola returned to Cambodia in 2015 and joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2017.
Director Corporate Finance
Moniroth joined in 2022, bringing with her a number of years’ experience in banking, financial markets (particularly the money and derivatives markets), and insurance. She is an Australia Award scholar, graduating with a Master's degree in Applied Finance from the Australian National University (ANU).
Finance & Investment Advisor
Ian has 25 years experience in investment banking in Asia, primarily in equity research. Until 2019 he was Head of Research for SE Asia at UBS. Ian has also worked at Credit Suisse and Phatra Securities. He holds a degree in law from University College London and qualified as a solicitor with Herbert Smith in the UK.
Chief Investment Officer
Nicholas joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2022 as an Investment Analyst. Nicholas has experience in management consulting and investments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Maastricht University.
With more than 18 years of experience in banking and finance in Vietnam, Linh joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2020. Linh was previously Head of Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking and Deputy Head of Corporate Banking at the Southeast Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank – Vietnam.
Linh Dinh Kieu
Senior Finance Advisor, Vietnam
As Office Manager Rotha performs clerical duties and administrative tasks in support of the team and clients. She has over 10 years of experience in business administration and secretarial roles and previously worked as an Executive Assistant and HR Admin & Compliance Officer at NGOs and professional firms.
Meng joined in 2019, bringing a diverse range of investment banking skills and corporate advisory experience. Meng is a Fulbright scholar and has a Master's degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Royal University of Law and Economics.
Bun Meng LENG
Senior Investment Analyst
Lina has many years of experience in commercial banking, wholesale treasury and securities exchange trading operations. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Otago in NZ and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia.
Naren joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2017 with more than 10 years of experience in commercial banking. Prior to joining MSP, Naren spent 8 years at ANZ Royal Cambodia, most recently as its Senior Finance Analyst.
Manager Corporate Finance
Mark Selby, CFA, joined Mekong Strategic Partners in 2018 as a Senior Investment Analyst. Mark is an investment professional with over ten years of experience analysing investment strategies and advising institutional clients.
Mark Selby, CFA
Director Climate Finance
David Shelters joined MSP in 2020 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. David brings 25 years of entrepreneurial experience as a founder, CFO and board advisor to numerous tech start-ups in both America and Asia. Prior to his recent move to Cambodia David spent more than a decade in Thailand as a community-builder and board advisor to startups.
Joining in February 2021, Olivia has experience in banking and management consulting in developing and developed country contexts having worked in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. She holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Statistics) degrees from the University of Auckland.
Senior Financial Analyst
Before joining in early 2021, Lychou was a project management consultant for GroundSearch International and completed marketing and finance internships at Amret Microfinance Institution. She recently graduated from Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship and Management.
Careers With Us
Mekong Strategic Partners offers an inclusive workplace that values excellence, respect, autonomy, and integrity. We operate in agile teams that change depending on the project needs, and each day brings new challenges or something to learn. We’re passionate about what we do and like to have fun along the way.
We generally don’t advertise for roles. Instead, when we find a high-quality candidate, we either take them on straight away, or put their CV on file so that when an opening comes up, we can consider them then.
So if you’re smart, energetic, have unquestionable integrity, and think you might fit our culture, please email us.
Mekong Strategic Partners is currently recruiting for the following role:
Manager, Corporate Finance
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mekong Strategic Partners is committed to supporting and respecting the human rights of our employees, clients, and communities in line with international standards, our Code of Conduct, and our corporate values.