Lihong Wang ’99

Chairwoman and CEO, Rise Education, China

Lihong Wang is currently Chairwoman and CEO of Rise Education Cayman Ltd, a leading afterschool ELT company in China. She has been a director of Rise Education since 2013 and the Chairwoman since 2017. Prior to this role, Ms. Wang had worked at Bain Capital Private Equity Asia Limited from July 2006 to December 2019. She served as Managing Director since 2011. Ms. Wang has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry in the United States and Asia. She was responsible for Bain Capital’s private equity activities in China, sit on the Asia Investment Committee, and led investments and portfolio management efforts in China. She was a board member for the Hong Kong-listed company Gome Electrical Appliance Holding Limited, the chairman of RISE Education (China) and Gymboree China (Hong Kong), and a board member of a number of portfolio companies in which Bain Capital has invested. She is a member of 30% Club HK Steering Committee.

Before joining Bain Capital in July 2006, Ms. Wang was an executive director at Morgan Stanley from April 2005 to July 2006. She worked at JP Morgan Securities Asia Pacific Limited from October 2001 to March 2005 and at Credit Suisse First Boston from September 1999 to September 2001. Before attending Columbia Business School, Ms. Wang worked for the China Securities Regulatory Commission, where she oversaw Chinese companies’ overseas listings. Ms. Wang obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Fudan University. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband, Zhihong Li ’99, and their two children.

Ms. Wang established two scholarships with academic institutes: the Lihong Wang Academic and Research Growth Fund for students at the Fudan Management School and the Lihong Wang ’99 and Zhihong Li ’99 Scholarship at Columbia Business School.