Yao Zhang is the founder and CEO of RoboTerra. Yao is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in ed tech-related endeavors. Prior to founding RoboTerra, Yao co-founded Minds Abroad, providing SRM (student relationship management) software and curriculum solutions to American and European colleges and graduate schools in offering better study abroad programs to their students and faculty. She also gained valuable experience at McKinsey and EdisonLearning on innovation-related projects.

Yao received a BBA from the Central University of Finance and Economics. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education Economics from Columbia University Teachers College, where she has completed all dissertation requirements towards her Ph.D.

Yao’s research includes ed tech and market innovation, computational models in assessment and big data in education.

Yao has been recognized as a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her outstanding work in ed tech and innovation