Xueling Lee

Principal, Singapore

Xueling is a principal in Bridgespan’s Southeast Asia office, based in Singapore.

Xue has worked with philanthropists, foundations, philanthropic intermediaries, as well as nonprofits, on a wide range of issues including strategy, growth, impact measurement, and organizational effectiveness. Xue’s work has spanned multiple domains, focusing on education and economic empowerment. Most recently, Xue supported a pan-Asia foundation in defining their strategy, including their path to scale and measurement and learning strategy. She also supported the launch of an Asian philanthropic intermediary, helping them define their strategy and impact measurement framework, as well as source, perform due diligence, and curate a portfolio of high-impact grantees for their members. She has also co-authored publications titled, Promoting Equitable and Inclusive Green Job Growth in Southeast Asia, "The Philanthropic Potential of Asia’s Rising Wealth", and How Asian Philanthropists Work with Governments.

Prior to Bridgespan, Xue led transformation for HEINEKEN across their APAC operations, covering 19 markets. She worked at Bain & Company for almost a decade, where she focused on driving large-scale business and digital transformations for large regional companies as they scale across Asia-Pacific and globally. She also has deep expertise in private equity and M&A, having served institutional and corporate investors on a broad range of topics including fund strategy, commercial due diligence, and portfolio company value creation.

Xueling started her career as a high school 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 and yogi, and a big fan of the performing and visual arts.

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