©2020 by Denise Hearn


Denise Hearn is an author, speaker, and advisor who works with organizations, asset managers, and individuals who want to use their resources to support a more equitable future.


Denise is a globally recognized leader in new economics research. She is co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition — named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018 and endorsed by two Nobel Prize winners. Her writing has been featured in publications like the Financial Times, Quartz, The Globe and Mail, and The Washington Post. She has presented to over 50,000 people around the world at venues including: the Oxford Union, Bloomberg, and the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club. 

Denise helped launch the First Principles Forum, a platform to support and challenge technology company founders who want to use their wealth for good: in partnership with Bloomberg Beta, Schmidt Futures and The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Previously, Denise was Head of Business Development at Variant Perception, a macroeconomic research firm and investment strategy firm that caters to hedge funds and family offices globally. Denise has worked across diverse fields including: education, social finance, macroeconomic research and investment strategy. She has an MBA from the Oxford Saïd Business, where she co-chaired the Social Impact Oxford Business Network, and has a BA in International Studies from Baylor University.

Denise resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband, and enjoys hiking, singing, and breaking conversation norms at parties.  Nudibranchs are her favorite sea creature. 


  • emergence and complexity science

  • funding systems change

  • non-extractive economic models

  • power dynamics (anti-monopoly)

  • liminality — the space between 

  • democratized financial models

  • bioinspiration from small things: mycelium, moss, diatoms etc.