Carma Elliot CMG OBE 艾琳

Carma Elliot

“I graduated in Chinese and German from Leeds and Fudan Universities in 1987. On graduation I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: for over 23 years between 1987-2010 I worked in a total of 6 countries in a wide variety of roles including trade and investment and political. My final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing, Jeddah and Shanghai. I was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to British trade in China and was honoured to receive a CMG in 2010, following the UK's success at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

 I then went on to become Executive Director at China’s largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (2010-2013), before joining the British Council in April 2013 and taking up my post as Director China.

 2018 marks the 34th anniversary of my first coming to China, and I have spent most my adult life here. I am also proud and humbled to be mum to two great Chinese girls. Learning Chinese and engaging with China has truly shaped my life, and given me opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally. Chinese language skills and understanding and appreciation of China have undoubtedly at times given me a competitive edge as I developed my career.”

We are grateful to the following organisations for their support
BACS University of Leeds
China-Britain Business Council
British Council