Chris Freund founded Mekong Capital in 2001 and is a Partner.
As a Deal Leader, Chris is currently responsible for long-term success of the investments in Ben Thanh Jewelry (BTJ). Chris is also a member of the Board of Asia Chemical Corp., F88, Yola and Ben Thanh Jewelry. Chris has been involved in most of Mekong Capital's investments and divestments since the establishment of the firm. Chris is a member of Mekong Capital's Management Committee, Investment Recommendation Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Chris also has extensive experience leading all investment stages from investment appraisal and implementation, value creation and exit.
Chris Freund originally moved to Vietnam in 1994 and has more than 24 years of direct investment management experience, 21 of which were in Vietnam. Prior to forming Mekong Capital in 2001, Chris Freund was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Templeton Asset Management, Ltd., the emerging markets arm of the Franklin/Templeton Group. He worked for Templeton in Vietnam from early 1995 until mid-1998, and Templeton in Singapore from June 1998 to March 2001, where he focused on Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan and Israel.
Chris was also a co-founder of Navigos Group, owner of VietnamWorks.com and Navigos Search, the largest recruitment services firm in Vietnam. Navigos Group was sold in a trade sale to a Japanese recruitment services firm in April 2013.