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Elizabeth Knup
Representative, Ford Foundation

Elizabeth Knup has been the representative for the foundation in China since 2013, 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, not-for-profit, and business sectors. Before joining the Ford Foundation, Elizabeth 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 Inc., 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.

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