Deniz N. Erkus, CFA


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Activity categories:
Social Enterprises and Sustainable businesses, Experts, Investors, Education and Research , Incubators and Accelerators, Impact Investing Funds , Financial Institutions
Сareer/Professional experience:
1) Sidemi Business Consulting GmbH, Managing Partner, since October 2017
Board member, Advisor and Mentor for Impact: Empowering smart decisions that create positive impact for our planet and humanity while merging her mission and vision with finance and investing.

2) Swiss Impact Investment Association, Board Member, since April 2019
Responsible for the overall delivery of the association’s mission and vision while creating relationships with a global community, mainly members, partners, sponsors and donors

3) Proodos Capital – Management Team, February 2020
Proodos Capital accelerates progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by supporting impact enterprises to tackle social and environmental challenges at scale, builds high-impact companies, and supports early-stage impact enterprises in funding, training and partnership-building, investing principally on renewable energy, food, and agriculture in Africa

4) CFA Society Emirates, Board member, Dec 2015- May 2019 (United Arab Emirates)

5) State Street Services, Vice President, Apr 2011 - Jun 2014 (Luxembourg)
Alternative investment fund compliance, client relationship management, new business on-boarding and operational oversight

6) Sabbatical and training assignments, Apr 2009 - Mar2011

7) JP Morgan Bank, Vice President, Sep 2006 - Mar 2009 (Luxembourg)
European client services management and operational oversight for the two largest and most strategic asset managers

8) Mercuria Services, Senior Client Relationship Manager, Nov 2005 - Aug 2006 (Luxembourg)
Investment fund business development

9 )Brown Brothers Harriman Bank, Assistant Vice President, Nov 1997 - Oct 2005 (Luxembourg)
European internal audit and later investment funds compliance

10) Garanti Bank (Luxembourg branch), Supervisor, Sep 1994 - Aug 1997 (Luxembourg)
Back office operations and later internal audit

11) Price Waterhouse Istanbul (Turkey) and Luxembourg, Assistant Manager, Sep 1989 - Aug 1994
External audit
Education and Languages
CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst, USA
BSc. Industrial Engineering, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Languages: Fluent: English, French, Turkish Intermediate: Luxembourgish
Personal awards and excellences:
CFA Charterholder, since 2014
Certificates on Impact Measurement and Innovative Financing Tools on resilience from IIX Singapore
Various certifications during the my career on soft skills, such as leadership, negotiation, conflict as well as technical skills, such as team and time management, project management
Design Thinking
Judge in Investment pitching events
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Deniz has more than 27 years of solid international experience in financial services, working at executive level with many market leaders including JP Morgan Bank, State Street Services, Brown Brothers Harriman Bank and PwC, covering clients, operations and projects in Europe (Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, UK, Italy, Turkey), Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, China, Singapore), the GCC (UAE, Bahrain) and the USA.
Her experience covers fund distribution, asset and fund management, compliance, corporate governance, due diligence, operational risk management, investment funds (UCITS and alternative funds), back office operations, internal and external audit and client relationship and servicing management in addition to directorships for strategic clients. She has managed strategic projects, such as outsourcing, business integration, client profitability reviews and infrastructure projects, plus projects for the implementation of EU Directives and regulatory requirements, such as UCITS, AIFMD, FATCA, MIFID and AML/CTF.
Following Deniz’s relocation to Switzerland, she continues to manage her own management consultancy business that she established in the UAE, providing services and solutions to asset, fund and investment managers, consulting firms and promoters launching investment vehicles. She works closely with clients, asset managers and service providers in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the UK and the Middle East that focus on social impact investing. She also supports Fintech businesses in China, Hong Kong and Singapore with their ICO, Blockchain, exchange listing, tokenisation and global structuring projects. In February 2020, Deniz joined Proodos Capital, a UK based company, as part of management team. She is in active collaboration with strategic partners in Europe, India and the UAE to find, maximise and preserve capital for businesses.
Deniz is a CFA Charterholder and was an active Board member of the CFA Society Emirates until end of 2019. She successfully organised the Middle East Investment Conference in Abu Dhabi in February 2017 and the MENA Investment Congresses in February 2018 and 2019. She is active in many Swiss and EU Fintech, Impact Investing and financial services associations and was a panel speaker discussing climate change and migration at a significant Luxembourg impact investing event in November 2018. She continues to actively participate in and speak at events in Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UAE and India.

In April 2019 she joined the board of directors of Swiss Impact Investment Association (SIIA). She successfully organised Impact Summits in 2019 and in 2020, the latter being an online event, broadcasted in 120 countries globally. She also has obtained two certificates with the IIX Global in Singapore, on Measuring Impact for Sustainability and Innovate Financing Solutions for Resilience.
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