13 June 2015
Elizabeth Wright has been made Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's birthday honours. The alumna of SOAS University of London and former Vice Chair of the School's Governing Body has been recognised for services to the understanding of China.
Elizabeth has a degree in Chinese and an MA Areas Studies (Chinese Politics and History) from SOAS and served on the School's Governing Body for more than a decade from 2003, most recently as its Vice Chair.
Elizabeth worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including a period as a Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Beijing. Following that she worked for the Great Britain-China Centre, firstly as Deputy-Director and then for eight years as Director. From 1984–2003 she worked for the BBC World Service in a range of jobs, which included running the Chinese Service and working as an editor on English Current Affairs. For the final nine years at the World Service, she was Head of the Asia and Pacific Region. In late 2003, Elizabeth set up the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University. She is currently Chair of its Advisory Board.
SOAS Director Professor Paul Webley said: 'On behalf of the entire School, I send warm congratulations to Elizabeth Wright for this deserved recognition. SOAS has benefited from her profound understanding of China and of the School itself and it has been a privilege and an immense pleasure to work with her.'