Elizabeth Paris has been active at Saïd Business School since 2002. She is the University of Oxford lead for the Goldman Sachs Foundation initiatives 10,000 Small Businesses UK and the 10,000 Women programmes in Hangzhou and Chengdu, China. She is a Sector Consultant for investment banking, and other roles include co-leading Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning (“iwill”) and membership of the External Relations Committee. She also managed the inaugural Oxford China Business Forum and co-managed the inaugural “Power Shift” – the Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy.
After graduating from the University of Oxford, her 19 year career in corporate finance at Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan included M&A, project finance and structured finance as head of Tax Effective Finance. Promoted to Managing Director in 1991, she was at the time both the youngest and the only woman MD in the region.Roles outside Oxford continue a focus on women and entrepreneurship including teaching women entrepreneurs in Lagos and Accra as part of the CEIBS WELA initiative, plus she continues to work as a consultant with investment banks. She was appointed Distinguished Professor SWUFE, Chengdu; Visiting Enterprise Fellow at the Enterprise Centre MMU and Senior Visiting Researcher GERC Zhejiang University.
Elizabeth is an experienced chair and board member on public and not-for-profit boards at national, regional and local levels. In 2011 she was appointed a representative of Her Majesty The Queen as a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.
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