TKong3880804Teresa Kong is Portfolio Manager at Matthews International Capital Management, where she leads the firm’s fixed income team and the strategies for Asia Strategic Income and Asia Credit Opportunities.

Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2010, she was Head of Emerging Market Investments at Barclays Global Investors, now known as BlackRock, whose  Emerging Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, which spanned absolute return, active long-only and exchange-traded funds.  Her background also includes working for Oppenheimer Funds’ High Yield Group and J.P. Morgan Securities’ Structured Products and Latin America Capital Markets team in New York.

Teresa is a Director of the Board of 1990 Institute.  She is a frequent finance speaker and commentator, most recently with Bloomberg, the Financial Times, and CNN.  She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, and an M.A. in International Development Policies from Stanford University.

During the Asia financial crisis, she helped Asian borrowers access capital markets through dual-currency notes and conducted the Brady debt exchange for The Philippines. Her experience in China includes researching and investing in the credit, currency, and interest rates of Chinese government and corporates. Her deep research interest in China began at Stanford after receiving a grant to study abroad in China and Hong Kong.