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Timothy Moe, WSC '79, MBA '84

Chief Regional Equity Strategist for Asia Pacific and Co-Head of Asian Economics, Strategy and Commodity Research, Goldman Sachs

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As the son of a senior official of the United Nations, Timothy Moe had a truly global upbringing: born in the Middle East, he traveled extensively during his youth and graduated from the UN International School in New York City. After receiving his undergraduate degree from NYU, where he studied art history and economics, Moe spent time training in martial arts in Brazil. Keen on carrying his international background into his professional ambitions, he returned to NYU as an MBA student. With an eye toward studying international business and finance, he selected Stern because, he explained, “At the time, Stern was the only business school in the country that had a fully fledged international business program with study-abroad programs.”

While at Stern, Moe pursued an international business concentration and enjoyed learning from industry experts and faculty greats, including Professors Ingo Walter, Edward Altman, and the late Dean Emeritus of the Undergraduate College Frederick Choi, who served as Moe’s thesis adviser. Moe also took advantage of Stern’s international exchange program by spending a semester at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The combination of strong academics and his international study experience made an impression on Moe, who said, “The quality of the education was very high and the opportunity to go and spend time in Asia offered a window into my ultimate career path.”

His interest in Asia sufficiently piqued, Moe returned shortly after graduation to work at Jardine Fleming, a British merchant bank based in Hong Kong. He served as head of Asia Ex-Japan Regional Research and regional strategist for the bank from 1985 to 1993, after which he joined Salomon Brothers in Hong Kong before moving back to New York City as a partner at Omega Advisors, a global equity hedge fund. In 2002, Moe once again returned to Hong Kong, this time with Goldman Sachs as a managing director. He was promoted to partner in 2006.

Currently, Moe is chief regional equity strategist for Asia Pacific and co-head of Asian Economics, Commodity and Strategy Research for Goldman Sachs. As chief regional equity strategist, Moe and his team are responsible for 11 equity markets and provide guidance to the firm’s institutional investor clients. In his role as co-head, Moe oversees the Asia region as part of a six-person executive committee that leads macro research globally. “I love what I’m doing,” he said. “It’s incredibly interesting to work in a dynamic part of the world where things are always changing.” Driven by his intellectually invigorating work, Moe also noted, “The changes mean you have to stay focused and committed, but the reward is that it’s tremendously exciting.”