Cheng Gao is a doctoral student in strategy at Harvard Business School. His research interests are in entrepreneurial strategy, innovation, and non-market strategy in nascent 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.