The Hon Mrs Anson Chan was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by SOAS in 2000 in recognition of her work in Hong Kong. Mrs Chan joined the Hong Kong Government in 1962 as an Administrative Service Cadet which marked the start of an eminent career.
Mrs Chan's governmental career culminated in her appointment to Chief Secretary for Administration in 1993, a role that encompassed acting as the principal advisor first to the Governor (before the handover in 1997) and then to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (after 1997) as well as heading the 190,000 strong civil service in the region. Mrs Chan ranked second only to the Chief Executive in the Government and she was both the first woman and the first Chinese to be appointed to the role after 150 years of British incumbents. She continued in the role until 2001.
In December 2007, Mrs Chan was elected to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong on a pro-democracy mandate.
Mrs Chan has been awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the Grand Bauhinia Medal (Hong Kong's highest honour) and Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. She holds Honorary Degrees from Tufts University, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Liverpool and the University of Sheffield.