Dr. Hao Zou is currently a Global Portfolio Manager at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) and Board Director, Secretary, and Executive Committee Member of the Marconi Society. He also serves as an Advisor to several rising star California tech companies and President of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association in Orange County.
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 in 2011 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.
Dr. Zou is a winner of the inaugural Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award, presented to him at the UK’s Royal Society. He was 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, Co-Founder & Former Chairman of Synaptics), respectively. He has been the youngest board director and senior officer ever elected in the 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. He currently represents the Marconi Society in various general areas, and votes together with fellow board directors, including Dr. Vint Cerf ("Father of the Internet"), Dr. John Cioffi ("Father of DSL") and Dr. Henry Samueli (Co-Founder & Chariman of Broadcom), on the awarding of the annual Marconi Prize, widely considered being the Nobel Prize for telecommunications.
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 systematic, relative value and global macro investment strategies, dynamic resource allocation, optimization, information transmission, and their applications in various 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 is an alumnus 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 and patents owner since high school. He had won numerous 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).