Kenneth Leung

Kenneth Leung, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Biography at a Glance

Kenneth Leung started his own economic consultancy in 2008 and has been consulting with Western Union. He has also been teaching economics and multinational finance at Daniels College of Business as an adjunct professor since 2010.

Leung joined First Data Corp in 2002 and was its chief economist until KKR purchased the company in 2007. At Western Union and First Data Corp, he analyzed risks and opportunities arising from changes in economic, regulatory and market conditions to assist in business and strategic planning.

Before coming to Denver in 2002, Leung had spent 20 years as an economist and analyst in major global financial institutions including Bank of America, Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank. His career spanned major financial centers such as New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He prepared macroeconomic and industry analyses on Asian countries to support the institutions’ corporate finance, private equity, funds management, sales and trading, and credit-risk management. He enabled the launch of the first two leveraged-loan and high-yield financing deals in Japan by providing analysis on targeted industries and companies. Leung made frequent client visits and conference presentations around the world to promote the banks’ marketing and sales activities.


  • PhD, Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA
  • BA, Social Science (Economics) International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Academic Positions Held

  • Adjunct Professor, Daniels College of Business
  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia