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Denise Chaar


Denise El Chaar is a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income with First Republic Investment Management.

Mrs. El Chaar joined First Republic in 2019. Prior to joining First Republic, she was Chief and Senior Investment Officer for the United Nations in New York, responsible for an investment team managing assets in excess of $10 billion consisting of corporate cash, endowments, trust funds and insurance funds. Mrs. El Chaar’s prior position at the United Nations was as an Investment Officer at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund where she was responsible for managing the funds’ global and multi-currency fixed income portfolio. Prior to her work at the United Nations, she worked at Bank of New York and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she was a Senior Financial and Economic Analyst. Prior work experience also includes Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Apple Computer, Credit Risk Management at BNP Paribas and Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Derivative Sales and Trading at Société Générale.

Mrs. El Chaar is an Ambassador and mentor for Girls Who Invest, a member of the 100 Women in Finance, 7 Degrees of Women in Finance and the Financial Women’s Association.

Mrs. El Chaar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from L’ Institut d’Études Politique de Paris.

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