Trang T Chu

“I enjoy working with professionals and public leaders, helping them acquire greater emotional awareness and develop the optimal psychology and behavioural capabilities for enhanced performance.”

Academic Experience

Trang Chu is an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School (SBS), University of Oxford. Trang lectures on leadership agility, emotions, heuristics, and decision-making. She is the course creator and programme director for The Affective Leadership and the ESG Sustainability programmes for SBS.

She is a contributing lecturer to the Oxford Executive Leadership Programme and Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. She has coached leaders on the Executive Public Leaders, Blavatnik School of Government and Oxford Fintech Programme.

She has provided thought leadership in major publications such as Oxford Answers, The Guardian, Business Spotlight, World News, The Journal for International Sales, and Eye for Pharma.

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Corporate Experience

Trang has over 20+ years of experience in investment banking. She was Managing Director and Head of Global Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank, leading global cross-functional trading, originating and structuring team. She previously held positions in OTC equity derivatives at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Smith Barney and project finance at Lehman Brothers.


Trang is currently pursuing her doctoral research at University College London, Faculty of Brain Sciences. Her research explores the relationship between language and emotions, how language can influence emotional and behavioural responses, and its application in the workplace. She earned an MSc in Cognitive and Decision Science from University College London, investigating the role of language and emotions in decision-making. Her research provided evidence that sheds light on the complex interplay between these key elements, providing valuable insights into human behaviour and decision-making processes. Additionally, Trang studied research and experimental design in cognitive neuroscience in a joint programme between The Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL.

Her other degrees include an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago and a BSc in Economics from New York University Stern School of Business.

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