Ted Chu, PhD — Short Biography
Formerly the chief economist at General Motors, Ted Chu was also chief economist for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and now works as the chief economist of the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank. For the last 15 years, his second career has been spent in conducting independent, interdisciplinary research on the philosophical question of humanity’s place in the universe with special reference to our “posthuman” future, building on his lifelong interest in the frontiers of economic and evolutionary progress. Born and raised in China, Chu earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University. He is currently clinical professor of economics at New York University at Abu Dhabi.
Born and raised in China, and spending much of his adult life in America, Ted Chu is currently a clinical professor of economics at New York University (Abu Dhabi, UAE), and also has a home in Michigan. His ongoing research is focused on globalization, frontiers of technology and institutions, and “posthuman economics,” inclusive of the philosophic and ethical dimensions of transhumanism. Chu graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, and earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University.
During his twenty-five years as a business economist, his work included corporate strategy, public policy research, multinational operations, and global financial markets—including roles as chief economist of General Motors and chief economist of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, and currently as the chief economist of the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank. Dr. Chu also held positions as macroeconomist for the World Bank and Arthur D. Little.
For the last fifteen years, his second career has been conducting independent research on the ethical and philosophical question of humanity’s place in the universe, with special reference to advanced technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. This focus was foreshadowed by his PhD thesis on the production efficiency frontier at Georgetown University. Chu has also read widely and deeply in evolutionary theory, history, politics, philosophy, and religious studies (East and West).
Dr. Chu is the founder of the nonprofit CoBe (Cosmic Being) Institute in Michigan, a senior scholar at ChangCe, a Beijing-based independent think tank, and a former president of Greater Washington Professional Forum. He has received a national award for dedicated community service and has served as a policy advisor for governments and many multinational institutions. Ted Chu’s extensive lines of interdisciplinary research have combined in-depth theoretical analysis and the fruits of practical, real-world experience. The author’s complete professional CV biography is here.