Founder, Dao Ventures
Tao Zhang is founder and managing director of Dao Ventures, a U.S.-China impact investment, advisory and accelerator group with co-headquartered offices in both China and the United States that primarily consist of ACBridge Global Advisors, China Impact Fund (CIF), and New Ventures Global. The various entities of Dao Ventures have so far made and/or facilitated investments of over $200 million into China’s environmental small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs). Prior to this, Tao served as Global COO of New Ventures, a center of environmental entrepreneurship housed at the World Resources Institute. In this role, Tao led New Ventures' Global Hub in Washington, D.C. and its six Local Centers in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Mexico in doubling investments into New Ventures portfolio companies to nearly $400 million. Tao is the lead author of Creating the Chinese Dream and China Crowdfunding Report, two key publications on impact investing in China. Tao has been a columnist for the Wall Street Journal Chinese, with a focus on how to leverage investing to cure environmental and social ills. Tao received a BA from Beijing Foreign Studies University, an MBA from Wake Forest University, and an MPA from Harvard University as a Mason Fellow. Tao is a China Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.