Peter Humphrey

Peter HumphreyI studied a BA in Chinese at Durham, including a year in Taiwan. After graduation with 1st Class Hons in 1979 I moved to Beijing on a British Council scholarship and then taught English to 50 mature students who had “returned from the countryside”. I have lived and worked in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei, and also spent a decade covering war, revolution and social change in East Europe and the Balkans. I was a foreign correspondent for 18 years, sneaking into journalism by the back door with SCMP and then going on to work 16 years for Reuters. After covering the Hong Kong handover, I left the news in 1998 and joined first Kroll and later PwC as a risk consultant and fraud detective. My work over the years has sent 15 fraudsters to jail and helped to rescue a kidnapped child.

Four years ago I founded ChinaWhys, which specializes in fraud investigations and internal audits. I am married to one of my former students, who is now a forensic accountant and my business partner. We have a son who is at the Dulwich College of Beijing. I am active in charity work in the Chinese community and I am Vice President of the Rotary Club of Beijing. I have used my spoken Chinese and reading ability all these years, but write it rather less than I used to. I like to send my spare time in the mountains - beyond the Great Wall - hiking and enjoying trout grilled in the open air with Xinjiang spices.

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