Carma Elliot

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Carma Elliot

Regional Director, China, British Counci
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Caroline Margaret Elliot

(1964-08-24) 24 August 1964 (age 54)

Caroline Margaret (Carma) Elliot CMG OBE (born 24 August 1964) is a British diplomat who is director of the British Council's operation in China.[1]


Elliot studied Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai. She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1987 and served in Peking, Brussels, Bonn, Paris, Madrid and at the FCO. She was Consul-General at Chongqing 2000–04, at Jeddah 2004–06 and at Shanghai 2006–10. She then left the FCO and from 2011 to 2013 was executive director of China's largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (now called OneSky[2]), which works with China's orphan children.[3] She joined the British Council as the regional director for China in 2013. As the British Council director she holds the post of Minister (Culture and Education) at the British Embassy in Beijing.[4]

Elliot was appointed OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours[5] and CMG in the 2011 New Year Honours.[6]


  1. ^ "Elliot, Caroline Margaret, (Carma)". Who's Who 2018. 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ "FAQ". OneSky.
  3. ^ "Press Release" (PDF). Half the Sky Foundation. 10 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Meet the Champion and the Leading Lights". China: British Council.
  5. ^ "No. 57155". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2003. p. 24.
  6. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 3.