Dr. Hao Zou is currently CEO of Abundy Inc., Chair Professor in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) of Tsinghua University, and Founding Executive Director of Tsinghua University IIIS FinTech Center. He also serves as Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Marconi Society.
He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and MA in Economics from Stanford University in 2011 and completed the four degrees in three years. He subsequently joined PIMCO as a Portfolio Manager at 25 years old, and became a Global Portfolio Manager in 2014 and Permanent Member of PIMCO's Americas Portfolio Committee in 2015. He was selected by the State Council of China as an "Eminent Young Overseas Chinese" under the age of 45 in 2015, and named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" finance list of "game changers under 30 transforming the world" in 2016. He left PIMCO in 2016 to found Abundy Inc., a FinTech company focusing on using artificial intelligence and big data to make the global financial industry more efficient. He joined Tsinghua University Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences as a Chair Professor, and co-founded Tsinghua University IIIS FinTech Center as its Founding Executive Director in 2016. He is the youngest chair professor of Tsinghua University.
Dr. Zou was a winner of the inaugural Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award, and elected Board Director and subsequently Secretary of the Marconi Society in 2014, replacing retiring director Dr. Andrew Viterbi (Qualcomm Co-Founder) and former Secretary Dr. Federico Faggin (Microprocessor Inventor & Synaptics Co-Founder), respectively. He has been the youngest board director and senior officer ever elected in Marconi Society's more than 40 years' history. As Secretary, he has initiated and overseen the Society’s social programs with the mission to bring a better world through influencing and empowering young scientists in developing nations.
Previously, he represented Stanford University in various national and international telecommunication standards committees and co-developed next-generation network standards to bring faster Internet to billions of users. He has served as a reviewer, panelist and opening speaker for many top-tier technology conferences and journals. His research expertise encompasses artificial intelligence, quantitative investment strategies, dynamic resource allocation, information transmission, and their applications in interdisciplinary areas. He is a Fellow of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and a former President of Tau Beta Pi’s Stanford Chapter.
He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford in 2008. He was a Stanford Graduate Fellow, a Frederick E. Terman Award winner, and one of ten recipients of Stanford University's Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment in 2008. He was an inaugural member of Tsinghua University's Xuetang Talents Computer Science Program before transferring to Stanford in 2006. He was a member of the Ministry of Education of China's Special Science Program for less than 100 nationally selected high school students (out of more than 17 million) and a technology inventor since high school. He had won many national medals and awards in technology innovation, informatics/computer science, math and physics Olympiads before entering Tsinghua University in 2004, waived of all college entrance examinations (less than 0.01% nationwide).