I knew ANU to be a community of inquiry and of action. At its best, it was a place of thrilling possibility.
From working alongside Canberra high school students to challenging world economic leaders in Davos, Alan Wu has been a lifelong champion for a more participatory and inclusive society.
As Chair of the nation's peak body for young people, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, Alan led the successful campaign to re-establish a Federal Government Minister for Youth. He also helped secure $2 million in new annual funding to ensure that young Australians had a seat at the table, wherever the national agenda was being shaped.
Internationally, as Special Envoy for Young People to the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, Alan helped develop the agency's ground-breaking youth engagement strategy, one of the first in the United Nations system. Later, while serving on the National Commission for UNESCO, he delivered Australia's first statement on youth participation to the UNESCO General Conference.
Alan serves on the Board of Oxfam Australia helping mobilise the power of people against poverty. After attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Alan was also recently tapped to help grow the Forum's Global Shapers Community, which supports young leaders across the world.
Alan is a public sector lawyer, a career made possible by his study at the ANU College of Law. He remains active in the ANU community and was a member of the ANU Alumni Mentoring Program. He also served as a selection panellist for the ANU National Scholars Program and is currently studying a Master of Laws.