Ford Foundation Appoints Elizabeth Knup to Lead Its China Office
NEW YORK, May 13, 2013
NEW YORK, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ford Foundation today
announced the appointment of Elizabeth D. Knup as head of its office in China,
based in Beijing.
Knup has led a distinguished career developing stronger ties between China and
the rest of the world in the education, not-for-profit, and business sectors.
The early part of her career focused on strengthening the capacity of civil
society organizations and working on expanding educational opportunities in
China. Most recently she served as chief representative of Pearson PLC, one of
the world's foremost education and publishing companies. Her work at Pearson
expands on her experiences with Kamsky Associates, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
for Chinese and American Studies, and the National Committee on United
Knup has lived in China continuously for 15 years and is 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
with programs in over 20 countries, including China; and the Capacity Building
and Assessment Center (CBAC), in addition to an indigenous Chinese
Non-governmental organization with the aim of strengthening a network of NGOs.
She formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the Lingnan Foundation, a
supporter of education initiatives in southern China.
"Elizabeth is the ideal person to continue the Ford Foundation's long legacy
of working to build a robust, inclusive and equitable society," said Darren
Walker, vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression at the
foundation. "We are thrilled that she will be joining us at this moment of
transformation in China, when we see many new opportunities for advancing
social change—to ensure all members of society can reach their full potential,
contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them."
Knup has worked with organizations and individuals to ensure that all segments
of Chinese society gain access to community resources and government services.
Through her leadership experience, Knup has emphasized enhanced educational
opportunities as a way to build and strengthen civil society.
"I am deeply honored to lead the Ford Foundation's work in China and continue
the strong legacy of advocating for social justice," said Knup. "I am
committed to working alongside the foundation's grantees to build common
understanding, enhance excellence, and enable individuals to improve their
For more than 30 years, the Ford Foundation's work in China has focused on
helping Chinese society adapt to the challenges of balancing economic
expansion and equity.
As China experiences unprecedented growth, the country also confronts many new
social challenges. The foundation is working with institutions and individuals
who are on the frontlines of building a society that is not only more robust,
but also more inclusive and equitable.
"Elizabeth's appointment to lead our work in China continues the long-standing
Ford Foundation tradition of attracting the finest people across the sector
and around the world," said Luis Ubinas, president of the Ford Foundation.
Knup will begin her new position August 1, 2013. She was selected after a
broad international search.
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization.
For over 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of
social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic
values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and
advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has
offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
SOURCE Ford Foundation
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