B.A. Fudan University, M.A. and Ph.D. Georgetown University
From over 25 years of professional life as a business economist and corporate executive, Ted Chu has accumulated a wealth of practical economic research experience in four broad areas: corporate business planning, public policy analysis, multinational company operations, and financial market wealth management. In late 1980s and early 1990s, he served as a management consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL) and Decision Focus, Inc. (a Silicon Valley start up firm), focusing on building large-scale econometric models and system dynamics simulation models for strategic and tactical corporate decisions and conducting public policy research in climate change, air quality, yield management, and productivity enhancement. In mid-90s he worked for the World Bank as a macroeconomist in Central and Eastern Europe lending operations during region’s turbulent transitional period. Ted joined General Motors in 1996 as senior economist for Asia Pacific region, and later became Chief Economist and Director of Global Industry Analysis, leading a team of regional economists and product planners, and spearheaded the company’s growth in emerging markets, especially China, Brazil, and India. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Chief Economist for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, reporting to the head of Strategy Unit and providing macroeconomic guidance to the sovereign wealth fund’s investment strategy and tactical asset allocation.
Working for global institutions and companies, Ted has done economic research in more than a dozen countries and lived through several boom and bust economic cycles. Starting with his work at ADL and his Ph.D. dissertation on production frontier at the microeconomic level, he has always been fascinated with the idea of frontier. As a macroeconomist, he has closely tracked development frontiers at country and regional level and technological frontiers on a global level. Today his research interest is the frontier of cosmic evolution, which is embodied in coming transition to the post-human world.
Ted was adjunct professor of business economics at Lawrence Technological University and adjunct lecturer for Northwood University’s executive MBA program. He founded a philosophical research institute, CoBe Institute, to understand mankind’s place in the universe. He has won national award for dedicated community service and served as a policy advisor for governments and multinational institutions. He is a member of National Association Business Economists and Conference of Business Economists. He also served as a long-time contributor to Blue Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and the Consensus Economics Forecast (London). He frequently appeared on Voice of America’s TV and radio shows including Weekly Economic Forum. He co-founded and served as president of Washington Chinese Professional Association and currently serves as senior scholar at Change Ce, a leading think tank in Beijing.