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.