Cheng Gao is a doctoral student in strategy at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on institutional and entrepreneurial strategy in nascent markets, and his dissertation examines how firms navigate market and regulatory uncertainty in new industries. Before academia, Cheng was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where he worked on engagements in strategy, operations, and risk management for Fortune 500 clients and was co-captain of the Harvard recruiting team. Previously, Cheng was principal research assistant to a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state at CSIS, a non-partisan Washington policy think tank. Cheng graduated from Harvard College with high honors in economics and was a recipient of the Dunster Shield Award.