Mr Michael O'Sullivan CMG MA (Oxon) MPhil (Cantab)


  • Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment International Education

Michael O’Sullivan became Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment International Education on 2 April 2013, after four and half years as Director of the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. Cambridge Assessment International Education, part of the Cambridge Assessment Group within the University of Cambridge, is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. CIE works with more than 9,000 schools in over 160 countries.

Michael spent much of his earlier career in China, most recently as Secretary General of the European Chamber of Commerce in China (2007-2008).

From 1985-2007, Michael worked for the British Council, and from 2000 until 2007 was British Council’s China Director based in Beijing, responsible for expanding UK-China co-operation in education and culture.

Michael first worked in China as an English teacher from 1982-84, under the UK’s Voluntary Service Overseas programme. In total, he has spent fifteen years in China, and is fluent in Chinese.

Michael was born in Birmingham in 1958, and is a national of the UK and of Ireland. He graduated in Modern Languages (German and French) from Brasenose College Oxford 1982. In 1985, at Wolfson College Cambridge, he obtained an MPhil in Linguistics. In the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2008, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of services to the British Council.