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 has spoken at various institutions including UNICEF, Baidu, General Electric, Bloomberg, the British Council, Facebook, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Tsinghua University and Singapore Management University, in addition to TV appearances on the BBC, Reuters, CCTV and Vice. Furthermore, she co-founded "Her Startup", the first cross border startup competition for women tech entrepreneurs, as well as She Loves Tech, a global initiative focusing on technology by women and technology for women. She is also the founding partner of Teja Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund investing in technologies and startups emerging out of the Her Startup competition, in order to address the funding needs of women entrepreneurs and encourage social innovation in China.
Virginia's background is in law and finance. She was an experienced financial lawyer specialising in energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets, and has worked for two magic circle firms in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America. 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.