Ai Chu is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group specializing in the Chinese market. In this capacity, Ai helps clients develop market entry and business development strategies in China, focusing primarily on media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and aviation. With her deep understanding of the political and commercial environments in China, Ai coordinates C-suite engagement with Chinese government and industry leaders as well as advises clients on establishing and enhancing their public profiles in China. Additionally, Ai provides analysis on the Chinese political and regulatory systems, helping clients to understand the ever-changing political landscape in China and implement targeted government relations campaigns.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ai worked on the Business Advisory Services team at the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC), where she conducted in-depth research and analysis on the Chinese market and political climate. In particular, she focused on issues that impact U.S. companies doing business in China, including developments related to IP regulations, anti-monopoly investigations, trade barriers, the investment negative list, and market access.
Ai also previously worked in Ernst & Young’s Assurance Division in Beijing, where she provided comprehensive support for clients navigating their annual audit period. In this capacity, she was responsible for performing tests to evaluate clients’ internal controls and assess the effectiveness of their accounting systems. She also examined balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, and contracts to evaluate data accuracy and adherence to Chinese regulatory guidelines. Additionally, Ai was responsible for engaging with domestic banks and relevant third-party organizations to verify financial assertions.
Ai holds an Masters of Arts of Public Administration in Economic and Financial Policy from Cornell University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ai is an avid tree climber and traveler, having visited 14 countries to date. Ai is also fluent in Mandarin and conversant in French.