Lena Booth is associate professor of finance at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and served as the first executive director of the Thunderbird Private Equity Center (TPEC). Dr Booth has been a member of the Thunderbird faculty since 1995 and has taught and presented research in many countries around the world. Her research interests lie mainly in capital raising and security issuance by firms, with the primary focus on initial public offerings. She has received several teaching and research awards during her tenure at Thunderbird. Born and raised in Malaysia, Dr Booth holds a BBA from the National University of Singapore, an MBA from Northern Arizona University, and a PhD (finance) from Arizona State University.