Xueling Lee

Principal, Singapore

Xueling is a principal in The Bridgespan Group’s Southeast Asia office. Based in Singapore, she is one of the founding members of the Southeast Asia office, which was launched in 2022. She is co-author of  the recent publications, "The Philanthropic Potential of Asia’s Rising Wealth" (Bridgespan.org, 2023) and “How Asian Philanthropists Work with Governments” (Bridgespan.org, 2023).

Xueling joined Bridgespan because of the opportunity to work with leading philanthropists, impact investors, and nonprofits to help them use their assets to get better results for society. She has worked with nonprofits and foundations on a wide range of issues including portfolio strategy, growth and scaling, impact measurement, and organizational effectiveness. Her work spans multiple domains, with a focus on education and economic empowerment.

Prior to Bridgespan, Xueling led transformation for HEINEKEN across their APAC operations, covering 19 markets. She also worked at Bain & Company Southeast Asia for almost a decade, where she focused on driving business and digital transformations for large regional companies as they scale across Asia-Pacific and globally, as well as serving institutional and corporate investors on M&A and private equity, including fund strategy, due diligence, and post-investment value creation.

Xueling started her career as an economics teacher in Singapore. She also served as the special assistant to the president at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts under the Harvard Business School Leadership Fellows program.

Xue holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BSc in Government and Economics (First Class Honors) from the London School of Economics. In her spare time, Xue is a struggling painter, pandemic plant parent, and a big fan of the performing and visual arts.

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