Helen Zhang

Former diplomat in Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. Better Mandarin speaker than John, who reminds me that just because I went to Harvard doesn’t mean I’m always right.


From Tel Aviv to Hong Kong

My career and education have taken me from corner to corner, including Sydney, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Boston, and now Washington, DC. My diplomatic career has always correlated with widespread protests – make of that what you will. Oh, and I speak Mandarin better than John.

Answering the call

While at the Harvard Kennedy School, I answered a call from John to start a media business to help folks understand the world better, so I signed on as Intrigue’s cofounder. I also worked at Google Search as a global product policy manager, covering online harms issues, and am now also a director at Schmidt Futures doing venture philanthropy in tech and geopolitics.

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