Founding Partner, Teja Ventures; Co-Founder and President, Lean In China
Virginia Tan is the co-founder and president of Lean In China, a women’s platform with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women. She co-founded She Loves Tech, a global initiative focusing on technology by women and technology for women, which also houses the world’s largest competition for women tech entrepreneurs, held across more than 16 international locations. She is also the founding partner of Teja Ventures, Asia’s first gender lens venture capital fund, which targets early stage women impact companies.
Virginia’s background is in law and finance, where she was an experienced finance lawyer for more than 8 years specializing on energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets, and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America for 2 magic circle firms. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the “One Belt One Road” initiative on behalf of Chinese state owned companies and financial institutions. In 2014, she was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.
Her work has been covered by Forbes, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC, Global Times, People’s Daily, CCTV, etc. She has spoken at some leading institutions such as Alibaba, Baidu, Bloomberg, Dell, Disney, DSM, General Electric, P&G, HP, Medtronic, Peking University, Tsinghua University, UNICEF, UN Women, etc.