About Melissa Ko
Melissa Ko is a finance professional and founder of Covepoint Capital Advisors, LLC, a family office based in New York City, New York. Covepoint Capital Advisors, LLC was initially founded during Melissa’s tenure as Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns and Company, before being spun out as Covepoint Capital Advisors, LLC in 2008. In 2013, Melissa and Covepoint made the move to return external capital and transitioned from a hedge fund to a family office.
Melissa Ko has an extensive history working as a trader and an investor Emerging Markets, dating back to the early 1990s. She was one of the architects of the financial instrument, non-deliverable forward (NDF), a forward or a futures contract in which the notional amount is never exchanged and where the counterparties settle by taking the difference between the contracted rate and the prevailing spot rate. The NDF played an important role in increasing liquidity and offering hedging alternatives for currencies where underlying transaction requirements limited delivery. Melissa has worked on various trading desks, including at Citibank, ABN-AMRO, and Bankers Trust, where she was the Head of the Latin American Currency Desk. She headed up the propriety currency trading desk at Deutsche Bank before transitioning to the buy-side.
Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee and a board member of the Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship. Melissa Ko is a member of the Princeton University Music Department Advisory Council and has recently been appointed to serve on the MIT Political Science Visiting Committee.
Melissa has lived in New York City for over 25 years and enjoys exploring the city with her husband, Doug Hahn, and their two children. Melissa Ko and Doug Hahn continue to be incredibly grateful to live in the city, which Melissa describes as vibrant and one-of-a-kind.