Carma joined UWCSEA in August 2019 as the first College President. A career British diplomat for 23 years, Carma worked in a wide variety of roles and across continents, including bilateral politics, trade and investment, immigration and protocol. Her final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing, Jeddah and finally Shanghai.
After leaving the Foreign Office, Carma became Executive Director at China’s single largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation, focused on enriching the lives of China’s orphaned children, before joining the British Council as Director China, and concurrently Minister for Culture and Education in the British Embassy Beijing. Throughout her professional life, Carma has affected meaningful change in the government, international education and development sectors in several countries.
Carma has been honoured twice by Her Majesty The Queen, for her service to the UK abroad.