Esther Wang

Partner, Boston

Esther Wang is a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s Boston office. Her work to date has focused on Africa and Asia in strategy, impact measurement, and operations for scale. Prior to Bridgespan, Esther was a co-founder of IDinsight, a global advisory supporting governments, nonprofits, and foundations in using the best data and analytics to inform decisions in poverty alleviation. Over ten years, Esther served as chief operating officer and also led philanthropic partnerships and internal leadership development. She lived in Zambia for eight years and oversaw the growth and operations of IDinsight from start-up to 150 staff serving two dozen countries in Africa and Asia.

Earlier in her career, Esther worked in Swaziland, Uganda, and Ghana and began her first social enterprise in the Tibetan Plateau, sourcing yak down from herders with her best friend from college. She also served Fortune 500 companies in strategy and operations for five years with Bain & Company. Esther has been honored as an Echoing Green Fellow, PopTech Fellow, and Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Esther currently serves on IDinsight’s advisory board, on the alumni council for Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, and as chair of the mentorship board of One League, a new global education institution making possible world-class educational opportunities, irrespective of geography and financial means. She also volunteers as an advisor to The Agency Fund, a philanthropic partnership that invest in ideas and organizations that support people in the navigation of difficult lives.

Esther graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program with a joint BA in International Studies and BS in Economics from the Wharton School. She minored in East Asian Studies and spent a semester at Tsinghua University’s undergraduate program in Beijing. She also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, George Family Fellow, and co-chair of the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference.

Esther currently lives with her husband and three lively kids near Washington, D.C.