Teresa Ma has worked in journalism, banking, law and peacebuilding. In law, she was a partner and an elected board member of a global firm, specialising in complex mergers & acquisitions and equity capital market transactions. She is a recipient of the Chambers China Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession. She served on the Takeovers Panel and the Financial Reporting Council. She is currently engaged in peacebuilding, having qualified as a mediator, completed graduate peace studies and founded an organisation to foster a culture of sustainable peace. She also sits on boards and committees of several civil society organisations.