Tao Zhang serves as COO of New Ventures at the World Resources Institute (WRI). New Ventures is WRI’s center for environmental entrepreneurship, helping environmentally-focused SMEs in six key emerging markets compete in a global economy. In this role, Zhang manages New Ventures’ Global Hub in Washington DC and its global network of six Local Centers in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Mexico. New Ventures has so far helped facilitate $277 investment into 345 environmental SMEs and two successful IPOs from the six key emerging markets.
Zhang is also co-founder of ACBridge Capital Advisors, a China-focused government and investment consultancy firm where he led a team in advising private equity and venture capital investors, SMEs and multinational companies in the IT and environmental fields. Under his leadership, the firm has assisted a number of investors and multinational companies in evaluating, negotiating and closing a variety of transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Zhang received a BA from Beijing Foreign Studies University, an MBA from Wake Forest University as a Babcock scholar, and an MPA from Harvard University as a Mason Fellow. Zhang is an avid reader, a frequent speaker, and a prolific writer when he has the time – his articles have been published and re-published extensively in leading Chinese and international media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily and online portals such as Sina.com. Zhang is a native speaker of Mandarin and has an associate degree in French.