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Dr. Tingting Zhang is the Founder and CEO of the TerraCotta Group. She oversees the firm’s investment activities and manages portfolio risk. Dr. Zhang heads TerraCotta’s Credit Committee. She also leads the research and methodology agenda at the TerraCotta Lab.
Before founding TerraCotta, Tingting was a senior researcher for Eurasia Group, a think tank which pioneered in deploying quantitative methods in social and political studies. She conducted political and economic risk analyses for senior executives of global financial companies such as Citigroup, AIG, Deutsche Bank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also consulted for the National Intelligence Council of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contributed to the Lehman Brothers-Eurasia Group Stability Index, the first and only political risk index on Wall Street. Tingting has contributed to a number of research projects that were featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Newsweek, and The Economist.
Tingting co-founded the Special Assets Management Association (SAMA) in 2008. SAMA is the only trade association for banking executives in special assets management, and has more than 100 bank members and has two chapters, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tingting sits on SAMA’s board of directors as its chair.
Tingting received her Master’s degree in Quantitative Methods, and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of California, Los Angeles.