Professor Stephane Chatonsky

Future CEO120

Best advice ever received:

Rather regret the things you have done than the ones you haven't"

Chair Since:


Current Executive / Board positions:

Managing Director and Co-founder, Ivest
Executive Chairman, Prospection, a healthcare analytics company
Advisory Board Member, 4Cyte, a pathology provider
Board advisor, Thinxtra, an IoT company

Former Board/Roles

The Pathways Foundation - an NFP assisting youth at risk
Social Ventures Australia - mentor and pro bono consultant on philanthropic projects
Global Advisory Board Member, Leapfrog Investments
eBey - an early stage internet company


Private Equity & Venture Capital
Mergers & Acquisitions & Corporate Development; Business Planning & Strategy
Investment Structuring and Negotiation
Change Management, Corporate Finance Entrepreneurship, Start-ups


Master of Business Administration, (Wharton)
Bachelor, Economics & Business (ESSEC)
Harvard Business School and INSEAD Executive Education program
Euromoney Training, Hong Kong
Fellow, Australia Institute of Company Directors


Stephane has a unique and rich dual career in business and academia, with a strong Asian and emerging markets focus. French by birth, and a resident of Sydney, he has lived, worked and studied in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Europe, the US and Pacific Islands.

Dividing his time across Australia and Asia, Stephane is the Managing Director of Ivest, an independent investment and corporate advisory firm he co-founded. Ivest specialises in cross-border investments in Australia and South East Asia, in healthcare, education, consumer finance and insurance, food and agriculture, transportation and infrastructure.

An experienced investment and strategy leader with private equity, venture capital, investment banking, strategy consulting and corporate experience, he has worked in blue chip consulting firms and investment banks: McKinsey, Macquarie Bank, Lazard Frères.

He has led or taken a central role in over 30 private equity transactions. A proven entrepreneur, he co-founded an Australian based outsourcing company from start-up to trade sale with a 90% return to investors.

Stephane is an Adjunct Faculty at Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW; an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and Tsinghua University, China. He has taught Private Equity, Venture Capital and Valuation and Financial Modelling to post-graduate students in Australia, Singapore, China PRC and Hong Kong. Stephane holds an MBA from the Wharton School and has been an expert witness to the NSW supreme court on issues or corporate finance valuation and venture capital.

A most memorable personal experience of Stephane’s is a conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize winner and Burmese Leader of the Opposition, at the World Economic Forum, on healthcare reform.