Helen Wu is the Senior Director, Regional Centers of Excellence of Thunderbird School of Global Management, at Arizona State University. She works at the Dean’s Office supporting Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean, to support a global team of 22 around the world. Skilled in leading cross functional, multi-generational and geographically dispersed teams. Her priority is to serve as a liaison and drive collaborations between Thunderbird Global Headquarter and Centers of Excellence around the world, including Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Jakarta, Mumbai, Dubai, Nairobi, Geneva, London, Amsterdam, LA, Mexico City, Bogota. We will very soon have hubs in Taipei, Riyadh, and Almaty.
With a focus on high productivity, process efficiency, and organizational effectiveness, she enjoys leveraging AI and GRIT to drive projects forward, connect the dots across teams, and facilitate impactful change globally. Notably, she was part of the core team that initiated the 100 Million Learners Global Initiative between 2021 and 2022, with the goal of providing educational access to 100 million people in the next 10 years.
Between 2019 and 2020, she led Thunderbird Career Management Center and Academic Advising team, supporting Thunderbird graduates’ career readiness and academic successes. Two main accomplishments:
Increased summer internship rate by 86%
Increased at graduation employment rate by 78%
Trusted advisor and business partner to cross-departmental colleagues and senior leaders, she is experienced in partnering with Executive Committees and Board of Directors to drive business, cultural, and digital transformations. Prior to Thunderbird, she worked at Soochow University at the Dean’s office and Study Abroad office supporting AACSB accreditation and forming academic partnerships.