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SuperReturn US West
September 15-17, 2025
Hilton Los Angeles Universal CityLos Angeles

Tingting Zhang
Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Terracotta Group


Dr. Tingting Zhang is the Founder & 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, TerraCotta’s research arm.

Dr. Zhang founded TerraCotta in 2004 with the goal to bring academic insights, objectivity and analytical rigor to CRE lending, building solutions to real world challenges. She pioneered the research and application of a data-driven methodology in real estate credit investments, and has actively applied quantitative methods to real world problems for over 20 years. Before founding TerraCotta, Dr. Zhang was a senior researcher for Eurasia Group, a think tank which pioneered the deployment of quantitative methods in social and political studies. In 2021, She was one of sixty honorees globally featured in Private Equity International’s (PEI) special report on Women of Influence in Private Markets, which spanned several categories including private equity, private debt, real estate, venture, infrastructure, and cross strategies.

Dr. Zhang received her Master’s degree in Quantitative Methods, and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Agenda Sessions

  • Structured equity and debt in the modern age: highly flexible, fast and effective