Kara earned her B.A. in accounting at Tsinghua University and an M.B.A. in finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a background in sector-wide and company research, developed while at Bosera Asset Management Co., one of the first fund-management companies established in mainland China. After entering the education field, she served as senior manager at a private kindergarten and innovative public school and established a wide outreach in the early-education sector in Shenzhen. She also served as a strategic consultant for several education funds and institutions. In 2015, she was elected secretary-general of the Alumni Association of Shenzhen Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in charge of network building and event planning.