Karl Chong

Karl Chong

Alumni leaders

BCom LLB 2005

Karl Chong is a finance geek turned entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of Cocoon, a second home for families in New York City. Cocoon seeks to guide parenthood and family life through holistic programming and super fun events, in an inviting and safe setting, alongside an expert-led community.

Before this, Karl founded Groupon Singapore and served as Chief Executive Officer. Under Karl’s leadership, Groupon Singapore grew to 160 staff within three years and became the highest ranked e-commerce site in Singapore, surpassing Amazon and eBay.

Karl carved a successful career in investment banking and private equity at Macquarie Bank, New York City. Before that, he worked as a financial analyst at Proctor & Gamble and trader at UBS Investment Bank in Australia. Karl graduated with a double degree in Commerce and Laws at the University of New South Wales and attended INSEAD for his Masters.

Karl resides in NYC and is a Board Member of the UNSW US Foundation.

What I’ve experienced from UNSW Law is its global presence. Before graduating, I was able to spend a few weeks on exchange in Beijing at the China University of Political Science – an eye opening and rewarding experience! After graduating, I joined the Investment Banking arm at Macquarie Bank, which sent me to New York. I was amazed by how many UNSW Law grads I could easily meet in the United States of America, with not only successful careers, but who shared the connection and camaraderie of being UNSW Law alumni. I then moved to Singapore to launch a company. In Asia, whether I was in Singapore or Hong Kong, I experienced a very tight and diverse UNSW Law community. UNSW Law has helped connect me to a global community of friends and business peers!