About Marisa Fong

Marisa Fong

Strategic Advisor

Marisa is clear on her purpose: Revealing women’s inner super power to themselves, guiding them to achieve greater success and thereby enriching their lives and the lives of all those in their circle.

Marisa Fong co-founded Madison Recruitment in 1998, growing it to become the largest, privately owned Recruitment Company in NZ. Acquired by a publicly listed company late 2013, the multi-million dollar acquisition deal set a precedent for the industry. Marisa now runs her own angel investment portfolio and has been a Trustee and Director on a variety of Boards including: 

  • Chair of Professionelle Foundation (a Charitable Trust set up to support women through their career pipeline), 
  • NZ Work Research Institute Advisory Board (an adjunct of Auckland University of Technology), 
  • Appointments Committee for Competenz. 

She serves on Boards as Chair and as Advisory Board Member on a range of commercial and not for profit organisations.

Marisa is also an Executive Judge for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year and was inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs in 2020. 

She held the role of President for the NZ Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organisation in 2016 and is also a member of NZ Asian Leaders, Global Women, Institute of Directors, Co of Women and associate member of Flying Kiwi Angels. She has been a mentor for First Foundation (supporting disadvantaged scholars through tertiary education). 

Her work currently focuses on supporting Founders of privately held companies and mentoring and coaching women on leadership and self-development.