Position: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: +61 2 9114 0836
Jordan Bryan has more than a decade of experience working in the Higher Education sector across a number of different faculties and professional service units in roles which have involved marketing, student administration, human resources, delivery of communications services and senior level executive support. Added to this, she has also worked in fields as varied as real estate, music journalism, publishing and celebrity management, and such diversity has contributed to her ability work in a multi-disciplinary research and education centre. Jordan now provides strategic advice to its Executive and Academic Directors and manages the operations of the China Studies Centre, a multi-faculty research and education centre. She also established and chairs the Administrative and Interdisciplinary Development Working Group at the University which brings together senior professional staff from area studies centres across the University of Sydney to exchange information about the management of these new strategic initiatives.
Position: Associate Director, Business Development & Government Relations
Phone: +61 2 9114 1166
Emily Dunn is responsible for planning and coordinating the annual Sydney China Business Forum and Gala Dinner, and establishing and maintaining relationships between members of staff and politicians in the Australian and Chinese governments. She initiates general outreach activities of the China Studies Centre.
Prior to her appointment to the Centre, Emily worked for the Queensland Government, the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the Australia China Alumni Association in media relations, corporate communications and development. She has recently returned to Sydney after 3 ½ years living and working in mainland China.
Emily is covering Susan Saretzki, who is on maternity leave for 12 months.
Position: Administration Officer
Phone: +61 2 9114 0837
Li joined the China Studies Centre in May 2012 as the Administration Officer. She provides administrative support for the Executive and Academic Directors of China Studies Centre as well as the Executive Committee and several sub Committees. Li also looks after the day to day running of the Centre and provides support for the Centre’s members. Li obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of International Relations, Beijing. She spent almost five years working as a Project Officer in the provincial government in Kunming, Yunnan before coming to Australia to pursue further studies in Master of Public Policy at the University of Sydney. Before settling in Sydney, Li lived in Canberra for two years working as a Program Coordinator for Grains Research and Development Corporation. With more than a decade of extensive experience in the higher education sector and strong interest in China, Li is keen to contribute to the Centre’s ongoing development. Li is a native Mandarin speaker.
Position: Director, Business Development & Government Relations
Phone: +61 2 9114 1109
Susan Saretzki is primarily responsible for the liaison with government staff and officials of all levels of Australian and Chinese government along with senior business people in both countries to raise the profile of the China Studies Centre and the University of Sydney.
Prior to her appointment to the Centre, Susan established and managed the China Desk at the NSW State Government, responsible for attracting direct business investment from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in a range of industry sectors.
She has also developed and managed programs, in conjunction with industry associations, focused on assisting New South Wales companies to develop new markets domestically and internationally.
Before arriving in Australia, Susan worked in the corporate sector in mainland China and Hong Kong, responsible for business development in the Asian and European markets.
Position: Project Officer
Phone: +61 2 9354 1109
Lulu Shen has intimate knowledge in engaging a significant variety of cultural communication projects, many of which involves Australia and China bilateral relations. She is responsible for initiating, planning and coordinating the Centre's outreach activities and publicity. She works closely with the University’s academic, professional staff and external stakeholders to deliver events. She also manages and develops the Centre’s marketing, online and social contents that support the ongoing positioning of the Centre.
Prior to her appointment to the Centre, Lulu worked as the Chinese media advisor for the City of Sydney. She assisted in successful publicity campaigns for the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival (CNY) and New Year’s Eve celebration, resulting in the highest level of national and international ethnic media coverage ever recorded. She supported the City in maintaining the CNY as the largest CNY celebration outside of mainland China, resulting in the event being one of the City’s most successful celebrations to date.
Simone van Nieuwenhuizen
Position: Special Project Officer
Phone: +61 2 9114 0838
Simone van Nieuwenhuizen joined the China Studies Centre in April 2015 as Special Project Officer. She will be updating the Centre’s academic membership database, undertaking a consultation on the Centre’s Academic Group activities and structures, and working with the Director on the Centre’s strategy for academic engagement in light of the University’s Greater China Strategy. She will also be providing research assistance to the Director.
Simone returned to Australia in 2014 after spending two years in Beijing, and graduated from Peking University with a Masters in Diplomacy. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and conversational Arabic. She has worked in research roles at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing and the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) from the University of Sydney.
Position: Project Officer
Phone: +61 2 9351 3960
Ping joined the China Studies Centre in 2011. She is now working as a project officer at the Centre with a focus on events and communications. She works closely with colleagues at the university as well as other organisations outside university to deliver events. She also works on the centre’s publicity, media inquiries and online contents for the centre. Prior to joining the centre, Ping worked as a freelance translator and gallery assistant at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art after completing a Master in Art Curatorship degree from the University of Sydney. Ping also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Sociology) from Goldsmiths College-University of London. Ping has been studying, working and living in London, Shanghai and Sydney for the last 10 years, and is passionate about cross-cultural communications and collaborations. Ping enjoys travelling and the time she spent in Tibet has been the most memorable. Ping speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.