Liqian Ren, Ph.D., is the Director of Modern Alpha at WisdomTree Asset Management. She is a former portfolio manager in the Vanguard Quantitative Equity Group (QEG), where she managed Vanguard’s factor funds and conducted research on factor strategies. Liqian started at Vanguard in 2007 in its Investment Strategy Group, where she focused on economic forecasting, investor behavior, the Vanguard Capital Markets Model® (VCMM), strategic research for Vanguard Managed Payout Fund and Vanguard’s annuity products, and research on investor behavior. Earlier in her tenure at QEG, she worked on portfolio construction, sector rotation and factor strategies, and attribution models.
Before joining Vanguard, Liqian was an associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She earned her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She holds an M.A. in economics from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and a B.S. in computer science from Peking University in China.