Raised in New York and Hong Kong, Mayan Braude has grown up straddling two vastly different cultures. Mayan speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Kunming dialect. Her unique upbringing has been an asset to her, especially in translation and cultural ex- change. This role of being the “translator” was a major inspiration behind the founding of The Ante Collective, a platform founded by Mayan in 2017 that connects emerging artists and young collectors from all corners of the world. However, she has also used her com- munication skills in other experiences such as working for TR Capital Group in Hong Kong. During her time at at TR Capital, Mayan built relationships with various VC firms, interme- diaries, accelerators and start-ups in Hong Kong and Shenzhen on behalf of the firm. She has also applied these skills to her work for the Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre, a one-stop-shop for Chinese HNWI to invest in real estate in Vancouver, Toronto and Mont- real, and Aradize, an e-commerce startup spearheaded by the former head of Christie’s China,
Mayan will receive a B.A. in Politics, with an emphasis on Chinese affairs, from the Universi- ty of Virginia in May 2018. She has just completed a semester at Peking University where she studied business Chinese, and various other courses in the Guanghua School of Man- agement and the School of International Studies. During her time in Beijing, Mayan devel- oped a deep interest in China’s food security issues and has since been conducting an in- dependent study on China’s agrarian challenges under the supervision of Brantly Womack, in addition to studying foreign direct investment and social entrepreneurship. She is fol- lowing trends in agricultural technology closely and hopes to work in the intersection of China’s international trade and sustainable agriculture solutions.