Laurie Pearcey, Pro-Vice Chancellor, International and Director, Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia

Described by the China Daily as being ‘at the forefront of almost all business, personal and political relations between Australia and its key trading partner’, Laurie Pearcey’s China career spans more than a decade in industry, government and academia.

Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council where he led the Council’s strategic engagement with the Chinese and Australian Governments and represented the collective interests of major industry stakeholders in the Sino-Australian trade and investment relationship.

As CEO, Laurie was a strategic advisor to some of Australia and China’s largest and most influential corporations and worked closely with companies such as Rio Tinto, ANZ, ACCOR Hotels, Qantas Airways, QR National, British Gas, Huawei Technologies and Yancoal. 

Laurie is a proud UNSW alumnus and a Scholar of the Order of Australia Association Foundation and was a Visiting Fellow in Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University.

Laurie is a fluent Mandarin speaker and has worked in broadcasting with China Central Television and previously worked for a subsidiary of one of China’s largest state-owned oil and gas corporations as well as a range of MPs in the state and federal parliaments.


Associate Professor Dr Emma Junfang Xi, Chinese Director, Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia

Dr Emma Junfang Xi is an Associate Professor of International Economics and Management, and has been a full-time academic at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management since 1997.

She is an active researcher of international trade practices and international business. She was a visiting scholar for 6 months in 2001 at the University of British Colombia and in 2009 at the University of Southern California respectively and has given guest lectures and seminars on International Trade at numerous international conferences.

She was also the co-director of the Global Executive MBA program jointly established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Southern California from 2006 to 2012. 


Dr Sun Yingli, Advisor of Chinese Language and Culture

Yingli Sun holds a PhD in Chinese literature from the department of Chinese language and literature, Peking University, China. She also obtained both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English language and literature in China.

Yingli has a keen interest in Chinese language and culture, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and interest with others. She loves teaching and has taught Chinese language and culture courses at various levels, from total beginners to highly advanced professional Chinese.


Yizhang Liu, Adjunct Lecturer, Senior Education Program Officer

Yizhang Liu is a qualified foreign language teacher with extensive teaching experience in China and the United States. She worked as a full-time Mandarin Chinese teacher in the 2011 Chinese Guest Teacher Progress, sponsored by Confucius Institute Head Quarters  (Hanban) and the College Board of the United States of America. Now she is a Chinese language teacher at Confucius Institute at the UNSW, she is responsible for teaching related projects, including: HSK and Chinese Bridge competitions preparations, as well as CI cultural and study tour programs.

Tracy Lyumeng Liu, Adjunct Lecturer, Senior Cultural Events Officer

Tracy Liu holds a Master Degree in Education from Edinburgh University, UK. Her teaching experience comes from one year teaching Chinese in Scotland and three years, in her home town, as a Chinese language teacher to foreign students at Tianjin Normal University. Tracy has a keen interest in Chinese language and culture, and is passionate to share all her experiences with students.

Vera Han Wang, Adjuct Associate Lecturer, Senior Student Affairs & Marketing Officer

Vera Wang holds a Bachelor degree in TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) and a Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Vera’s teaching ability is versatile, she is warm and patient with her students and very happy to share her knowledge on Chinese language and culture. She hopes to make learning Chinese an exciting adventure for her students.

Jenny Sun, Communications & Project Coordinator


Jenny Sun holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours) from the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours in English. With a second major in Government and International Relations, she has a keen interest in foreign languages and culture, speaking fluent Mandarin, Spanish and intermediate French. Jenny is excited about gaining a deeper understanding of her own Chinese background and sharing her passion with others.

Board of Directors 

Ms Fiona Docherty, Acting Chair of the Board, Vice President, International, Marketing and Communications, UNSW Australia

Professor Huang Zhen, Vice-President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Associate Professor Liu Nan, Director, Confucius Institute Office of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Professor Marc Williams, Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW Australia 

Dr Jim Harrowell AM, President, Australia China Business Council (NSW Branch)