Hazel Chu was born and raised in Dublin. She studied politics and history in UCD and trained to be a barrister at Kings Inns. After qualification as a barrister in 2007 she worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and Guilin. Upon returning home she was offered a Fellowship by University College Dublin (UCD) Smurfit Business School and worked in New York for Bord Bia, Ireland’s national food authority. She has worked in various management roles and in 2013 became Diageo’s Head of Brand, Corporate and Trade Communications.
Councillor Chu was the first person in her family to finish school and go to college. Her parents are from Hong Kong. They met in Ireland in the 1970s.
In her spare time she lends her voice to promoting diversity and equality, and is a regular media contributor.
Hazel Chu is the 9th woman to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.