My name is Joyce Meng and I am passionate about impact investing and social entrepreneurship. I am the CEO/Co-Founder of Givology, a 100% volunteer-run online giving marketplace for education, and Partner/Managing Director at Vernier Capital, a global long/short equity hedge fund. I graduated from the Huntsman Program of International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania and then went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. There, I pursued two courses of study – the MSc Economics for Development and the MSc in Financial Economics. Since then, I’ve been living in NYC. For my work, I was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in Education and Wharton 40 under 40. My hobbies are reading (I get through at least a book per week), taking long walks, and traveling.
Private Sector Experience
For the last decade, I’ve pursued a career in investing, utilizing a fundamentals-driven approach. I started at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners on the global industrials team. Afterward, I joined the MSD Capital energy team, investing across the value chain in areas such as MLPs/midstream, shale E&P, chemicals, and related industrials/infrastructure companies. From there, I joined my former colleagues at Goldman Sachs to launch Vernier Capital, a global consumer-facing investment fund with a quality-compounding framework. At Vernier, I invest across opportunities in global healthcare, consumer, technology, and select financials/industrials. As global generalists, we have the flexibility to be highly selective and only invest in sectors and companies which have sustainable moats and longevity to growth. With accelerating technological change, I study both the disrupted and the disruptors, and constantly challenge and question my assumptions. I consider investing a calling because I can think of no other vocation which brings together the confluence of quantitative data analysis, qualitative investigation, interpretation of the broader fluid socioeconomic/political framework, and constant learning. In particular, I enjoy looking at international and emerging markets opportunities. I also strongly believe in encouraging more women to stick with a career in investing and finance.
Public Sector / Nonprofit Experience
Givology is my passion project – our mission is to connect donors to high-impact grassroots education projects and student scholarships. Since our founding in 2008, we’ve continued to grow and expand. I’ve dedicated a separate section for our work and mission, including our latest developments and campaigns.
International development is a keen area of interest of mine. In the past, I’ve done microfinance research for FINCA international in rural Mexico, worked as a consultant at the World Bank in the Private Sector Development Research Group, worked as a fellow at Opportunity International at Oxford and also for Fundacion Nantik Lum in Madrid, co-founded Youthbank (now Generation Enterprise) and led the initiative as the CFO at the time. In my spare time, I still read avidly on the subject to learn as much as I can.
Hobbies / Core Beliefs:
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, taking long walks, and learning new things. I played ice hockey from childhood throughout college, and intermittently play today in NYC when I can find the time.
When I think about my own fundamental truths, three things emerge: (1) I believe that in life, change is the only constant and in staying still, one is left behind. (2) I believe hard work creates luck and opportunity, and coupled with enough persistence and flexibility to adapt and learn from failures, one can learn and achieve nearly everything. (3) I believe in the design thinking “bias to action” axiom. Ideas create change only through implementation. Dreams can be idle, but defining a path forward and executing on it is not.
I also strongly believe in helping others and giving back as much as possible.