Denise Sandquist

CEO & Co-founder
Denise Sandquist
Background
  • Speaks 6 languages fluently (Swedish, English, French, Russian, Mandarin, and Vietnamese)
  • B.Sc. in Business & Economics
  • Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs

  • Boston Consulting Group and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • National Sales Manager at Oriflame Cosmetics
Events & Press
  1. Nominated as Founder of the Year at ASEAN Startup Awards 2020
  2. #2 in the regional finals of She Loves Tech, the world’s biggest pitch competition for females in tech
  3. Featured in various official Vietnamese and International press: Forbes, Tech in Asia, e27, Nhip Cau Dau Tu, Vietcetera, Thanh Nien, Di Digital, Breakit, Kenh14, and many more.  
  4. #9 in Moscow Marathon 2012
  5. #2 in the Swedish Kickboxing Nationals in 2018
Professional Experience

I speak 6 languages fluently and have previous experience from Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

I did military service as Military Interpreter & Interrogator at the Swedish Military Interpreter Academy, easiest described as a former elite spy school in Sweden, in 2010 – 2011 and lived in Moscow in 2011 – 2013, working for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the Swedish Embassy. I studied Mandarin at Guangxi University in 2013 – 2015, of which I spent 3 months in Thailand in 2014 training thaiboxing, winning my 1st thaiboxing fight on K.O. towards an opponent having over 50 previous fights. I lived in Vietnam for 8 months in 2015, teaching English and self-studying Vietnamese, before starting my studies at the Stockholm School of Economics in 2015 – 2018, where I specialized in Finance & Marketing.

I placed #2 in the Swedish Kickboxing Nationals in 2018, the same year as I graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics and moved to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to start Oriflame’s Managing Director program. During the last 2.5 years I have held positions in Marketing, Sales and latest as National Sales Manager.

I am now full-time as the CEO and Co-founder of Fika, the female-focused AI social & dating app targeting the Southeast Asian market. With over 800,000 downloads since our launch in November 2020, now ranking #1 Dating app on Google Play and #4 Lifestyle app on App Store in Vietnam, Fika has the goal set to become Vietnam’s and Southeast Asia’s biggest social & dating app.

I’m highly competitive, a go-getter and work smart, hard and efficient to get where I want to.