Vanessa Liu


Vanessa is the VP of SAP.iO, a global organization responsible for building an

ecosystem of startups around SAP. In her role, she is overseeing SAP.iO’s North

American Foundries in New York and San Francisco, including programs devoted to

women and diverse-led B2B enterprise tech companies.

Vanessa was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a

$22MM digital media incubator. In her role, she co-founded, incubated and oversaw

business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook

(the essential digital lifestyle guide for adventurous and discerning men) and Fevo (SaaS

technology bringing friends and networks together for group experiences at live events).

Vanessa currently serves as a board observer of Fevo and is an advisor or investor in

start-ups including Bounce Exchange, Grata Data, GroundSignal, Knotel and Narrativ.

She mentors female founders through Declare’s Lead Program.

Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey; Company’s Media and

Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. In this role,

Vanessa was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high tech sectors

including online advertising, magazine and newspaper publishing, television, video

content production, and information services, particularly on issues of digital media

strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation.

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with an AB in psychology from Harvard University

and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at

Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands where she conducted independent research on the

International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court

of Justice. She serves as Vice President, College Alumni Affairs, of the Harvard Alumni


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