Tao Zhang is co-founder and managing director of China Impact Fund (CIF). Prior to this, Tao served as chief operating officer of New Ventures Global, a center of environmental entrepreneurship housed at the World Resources Institute that helped environmentally-focused SMEs in six key emerging markets compete in a global economy. In this role, Tao managed New Ventures’ Global Hub in Washington DC and its global network of six Local Centers in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Mexico. During this time, he worked with the six Local Centers to nearly double investments into New Ventures companies to $377 million.
Tao also co-founded a Sino-US investment advisory firm where he and his team advised VC/PE firms and multinational companies on China-focused investment and M&A activities in telecom, technology and clean energy. Before this, he held senior management positions in both China and the US with a number of technology start-up and multinational companies successively. Tao started his career working both as a journalist and a policy analyst at China’s Xinhua News Agency, including a stint in Brussels where he covered the European Union (EU) and advised China’s central government on EU-related commercial and economic policies.
Tao writes for the Wall Street Journal Chinese as a columnist, with a current focus on impact investing and enterprise solutions to environmental and social issues. Currently, Tao is on the Board of Directors of both Beijing Green Channel Technology and Beijing ACBridge Capital Advisors. He has also been invited to sit on the Board of Supervisors of Beijing Sinen En-tech from 2013. Green Channel and Sinen En-tech are both CIF portfolio companies.
Tao received a BA from Beijing Foreign Studies University, an MBA from Wake Forest University, and an MPA from Harvard University. He also completed an executive education program in private equity and venture capital at the Harvard Business School.
Tao has dual residency in Beijing and the US but is spending more of his time in China as he closely works with his local team to grow CIF. He can be followed on Twitter @tao_sound.
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