About

Deborah Kay

Deborah Kay is the founder of Digital Discovery, which provides data-driven, digital analytics and strategy advisory and intelligence to CEOs, startups, private equity and other corporate clients.

She read Economics at Cambridge University under a full scholarship from the Singapore government and graduated with Second in her class. Deborah has an MBA from The Wharton School, again sponsored under a full scholarship by Bain & Company.

Deborah started her career with Bain & Company as a strategy consultant and spent 8+ years in Bain’s Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York Offices. At Bain, Deborah worked with Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries from telecommunications, consumer products, retail and was part of Bain’s private equity group in Asia, Europe and North America.  At Bain, Deborah ran recruiting for the Asian offices and was one of the top rated global trainers for undergrads and MBA recruits.

After Bain, Deborah  5+ years in private equity, responsible for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation’s European  and Middle Eastern funds. Co-investments deals included Valentino/Hugo Boss and Budapest Airport. Deborah was subsequently headhunted to join Partners Capital – a $13B multi-asset class private investment office serving ultra-high net worth individuals and institutional clients such as the Nobel Foundation.  Besides managing the portfolios for 40+ clients, she was responsible for all real estate investments and ran a $800M Delaware and Cayman Private Equity Real Estate fund.

Debbie is a firm believer in learning by doing, running experiments and having Side Projects (of which she has many!)

  • In 2012, she became a certified ashtanga yoga teacher, and has been trained in a proprietary technique specially designed to teach yoga  to children.
  • In 2015, she created her Trello Board of Free Online Marketing Resources and subsequently got Inbound Certified by Hubspot
  • She discovered Canva and started designing her own graphics. By the end of the year, she was invited to join Dribbble, the invite only social network for designers.
  • In 2015-6, she raised US$75,000 for Pencils of Promise, enough to fund three new school in Laos, two of which have been built.

Most of all, she is passionate about education and children. Growing up in Singapore, she was one of the pioneer batches of children streamed at age 9 into the Gifted Education Programme (top 0.5%).  She is an international advisor to Gifted and Talented (previously Stanford’s EPGY) who pioneered the development of adaptive, personalised and accelerative digital curriculum. She is active in the International Gifted community and moderates several Facebook groups for parents of Gifted children. Each week she curates a newsletter for the benefit of her friends. She is a Most Viewed Writer on Quora for Strategy and Management Consulting and provides career advisory, resume preparation and interview coaching to university students.  She aspires to develop her own curriculum which incorporates her own techniques for accelerated learning and is doing research around instructional design.

 

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