Tharon SmithFounding Partner, Strontium Group | Managing Director, LendIt China | Director of Research, Fudan University

Miss Smith has a particular interest in cross-border venture capital deals designed to invest in companies focused on developing long-term strategic relationships via business creation partnerships with domestic Chinese firms, organizations, and universities. Through her work and doctoral analysis on China, she has developed a nuanced perspective for domestic Chinese technology commercialization and performance enhancement activities from the perspective of local municipal and provincial governments.

Tharon leads a unique partnership with the Fudan University Venture Capital Research Institute, focused specifically on the indigenous development of science and technological innovation, local start-ups, and domestic venture capital in China. In this role, she identifies high growth companies, leads international exchange trips, interview-based research discussions and success/performance dialogues for both US and Chinese venture capitalists.

As a doctoral candidate, she set out independently to investigate the success and performance of domestic Chinese venture capitalists. Applying criteria-based institutional framework, this pioneering research has highlighted the characteristics and role of government involvement, entrepreneurial development, and cultural sensitivities necessary for improved success and financial performance in venture investment.

Based in Shanghai.