Christine Keung ’14
MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School

Christine Keung
Born in Italy and raised in Southern California, Christine’s fascination with Northwestern China stemmed from her parents’ experience as sent-down youth during the Cultural Revolution and her father’s childhood in Ili, a Kazakh autonomous prefecture on the border of Xinjiang Province, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

She began conducting environmental research in this region in 2012, after receiving a National Science Foundation grant that funded field research in rural Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Henan provinces. After witnessing the haphazard dumping of used medical supplies and agricultural chemical wastes, she saw firsthand how economic development and societal change was impacting China’s already precarious environmental position across the Yellow River Loess Plateau.

In 2014, Christine moved to Xi’an, China on a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellowship, where she had the opportunity to engage with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou, and the Country Heads of global NGOs. In 2016, she became the youngest person to win the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, in the award’s 30-year history, which supports the watershed restoration project she had started while on her Fulbright fellowship. More recently, TIME Magazine featured Christine in their 2017 Next Generation Leaders issue.

Christine graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College and was accepted into Harvard Business School’s MBA Program during her senior year. At Wellelsey, she was selected to be a 2013 Fellow at the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs. The first in her family to graduate from high school and college, she advocated for first generation students while serving on the College’s Board of Admissions and as an academic tutor and mentor for students from under-resourced backgrounds.

Christine began her professional career as an analyst on Dropbox’s Trust & Security team, and eventually served as the Legal team’s Chief of Staff. She is currently the Head of Business Operations at an early-stage startup. When she’s not speaking or publishing papers on her research in China, she speaks about her work in cybersecurity at conferences like the SANS Institute. She is also a Fulbright Alumnae Ambassador with the Institute of International Education and travels around the country to speak about the impact of international exchange. Christine will pursue an MBA at Harvard this Fall, where she will develop her interest and expertise in business practices and policies that govern privacy and security. 

 

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