Elizabeth Knup

Elizabeth Knup

Director, China

Elizabeth Knup is the foundation's representative in China, overseeing all grant making in the country from our office in Beijing. She has focused on helping disadvantaged people and communities participate as partners in China’s development and share the opportunities for an equal access to public resources and services.

Over her distinguished career, Elizabeth has worked to develop stronger ties between China and the rest of the world in the education, nonprofit, and business sectors. Before joining Ford in 2013, she served as chief representative of Pearson, one of the world’s foremost education and publishing companies. Her work at Pearson built on her earlier experiences with Kamsky Associates, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Elizabeth has lived in China since 1998 and has served as a member of the board of numerous nonprofits seeking to build the capacity of civil society in China and around the world. These include the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, and the Global Environment Institute. She formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the Lingnan Foundation, a supporter of education initiatives in southern China.

Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in Chinese studies from the University of Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College, where she began studying Chinese.

高倩倩女士自2013年起担任福特基金会北京办事处首席代表,负责福特基金会在中国的资助工作,她资助的项目帮助弱势群体和社区充分平等地参与中国的经济和社会发展,使人们共同享有获得公共资源和公共服务的机会。


高女士在其杰出的职业生涯里,致力于推动中国与世界各国在教育、非营利部门和商业领域建立更加牢固的合作关系。加入福特基金会前,她是英国培生集团中国的首席代表,该集团是一家在教育和出版方面居领先地位的跨国公司。她还曾就职于美国甘维珍公司、南京大学约翰斯•霍普金斯大学中美文化研究中心和美中关系全国委员会。


高女士自1998年起就一直在中国居住工作。她曾在若干中国和国际非营利机构担任理事,这些机构致力于加强中国和国际民间组织的能力建设,其中包括美国可持续发展社区协会、能力建设与评估中心和全球环境研究所。她还曾任美国岭南基金会理事,该基金会在华南开展教育项目。


高女士拥有密歇根大学中国研究中心的硕士学位,她在美国米德尔伯里学院获得政治学学士学位,并在那里开始学习中文。

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