Rachel Wang, the founder of Chocolate Films, which produces video content for clients including Jeep, Arup and Facebook has been awarded an honorary degree at our graduation ceremony on 12 July.
Chocolate Films makes films for museums and galleries across the UK and in Europe including The National Gallery, TATE, Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, Science Museum and Florence’s Bargello.
Rachel Wang said: “I am thrilled to accept this honorary degree and be part of the Middlesex University graduation ceremony for so many highly achieving students; I hope that the story of my business journey and the development and success of Chocolate Films inspires Middlesex students in the next stage of their career.”
Rachel was appointed by the Prime Minister to the board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery in April 2017. She also sits on the panel for Film London’s Film Hub, contributing to policy and strategy for promoting non-mainstream cinema.
In 2015 she was awarded Lead Entrepreneur at the Black British Business Awards. Before founding Chocolate Films, Rachel studied at Bristol University and the College of Law.
As a film director, Rachel is fascinated by social documentary. Her acclaimed feature documentary Afro Saxons followed a year in the lives of the competitors in the UK’s biggest Afro-Caribbean hair competition.
She is currently producing www.1000Londoners.com the largest ever documentary series produced about a city. The series comprises 1000 short video portraits of the most diverse range of people who identify themselves with London.
Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said: “By awarding an honorary degree to outstanding people such as Rachel Wang the University is recognising achievement at the highest level as well as dedication to public duty and making a difference to others’ lives.
“I am delighted to be part of today’s ceremony and to congratulate each of our honorary graduates on their incredible achievements.
“Graduation is not only an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our graduands but also to look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead because a Middlesex University degree opens up a world of possibilities.”