SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Sir Christopher Hum KCMG

Christopher Hum

Christopher Hum joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1967 and much of his diplomatic career was connected with China.  He studied Chinese at Hong Kong University and went on to spend a total of eight years in postings to the British Embassy in Beijing, culminating in four years as British Ambassador (2002-2005).  He also served in the Asian departments of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and for several years was closely involved in London in the negotiations on the return of Hong Kong to China. Other overseas postings included Brussels (European Communities), Paris, the United Nations in New York and Warsaw (as Ambassador, 1996-1998).

Between 2006 and 2012 Christopher Hum was Master of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he remains as a Life Fellow.  He is a Vice-Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre and a member of the Advisory Board of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University.  He is currently studying Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.