Chu is a second-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Born in Beijing and raised in Ottawa, Chu is passionate about using economic empowerment to accelerate social progress globally. Professionally, Chu has worked at the United Nations - Executive Office of the Secretary-General, where we helped re-scope senior management forums and governance mechanisms and develop the UN Secretariat's 2019 Annual Report. As well, Chu has worked as management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where he developed economic strategies for Canadian cities and social empowerment policies for a Middle Eastern government.

At HKS, Chu is Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus, Co-Chair of the Canada Caucus, Co-Chair of the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council and a Research Assistant at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project (FDP). In addition to researching statecraft and diplomacy for FDP, Chu has also designed seminars and itineraries for senior officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Representative Federica Mogherini. He is fluent in English, French and Chinese Mandarin.

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Just two weeks ago, a tweet cost the global stock markets roughly $1.36 trillion (or Australia’s annual GDP). With 280 characters on Twitter, the U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to raise tariffs on select Chinese imports, instilling lower market confidence, triggering significant volatility, and exacerbating existing political uncertainties. To explore what is really at stake in Twitter diplomacy, it is important to explore why Twitter diplomacy matters, why world leaders use it, what it means for diplomatic relations, and how governments can manage the associated risks.