Our Board

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison is the Chairman of the Board.

Professor Duncan Ivison is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2010-2015) and Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (2007-2009). He has served as Chair of the University of Sydney Confucius Institute since 2013.

Professor Ivison completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, and MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of York (UK) and been Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2002-3). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2009. He is currently Professor of Political Philosophy.

Professor Ivison's research interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought and ethics. His books include: The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government (Cornell UP, 1997); Postcolonial Liberalism (Cambridge UP, 2002); Rights (Acumen and McGill Queens Press, 2008); the Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism (2010) and (with Paul Patton and Will Sanders) Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Cambridge UP, 2002).


Professor Kathy Belov

Professor Kathy Belov

Professor Kathy Belov is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney. In this position she takes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy. Key priorities are the development of the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She also promotes the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identifies and enables strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.

Professor Belov’s research is based in the Faculty of Veterinary Science and her focus is on comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife. Her team studies Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, platypus and many other species. She has received two Eureka awards, the Crozier medal and the Fenner medal for her research.


Professor Luigi Tomba

Professor Luigi Tomba

Luigi joined the University of Sydney in January 2017 as the Director of China Studies Centre. He was previously the Associate Director of The Australian Centre on China in the World based in Australian National University. Born and educated in Italy, Luigi is a political scientist with almost three decades of China experience, having visited China for the first time in 1988. He has been teaching and researching Chinese politics and society at the ANU for the last fifteen years. His work covers many aspects of China’s political and social change, with a particular interest in the consequences of China’s urbanisation on its society and governance. His latest book on urban neighbourhood life and politics (The Government Next Door. Neighbourhood Politics in Urban China) was published by Cornell University Press in 2014 and was honoured by the American Association for Asian studies as the best book on post-1900 China with the 2016 Joseph Levenson prize.


Professor Yixu Lu

Professor Yixu Lu

After obtaining her BA from the Peking University, Yixu Lu spent seven years as a postgraduate at the Universität Regensburg, Germany, specialising in German Literature and Modern European history. She came to Australia as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and has taught at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and UTS. She has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (2002, 2008, 2012) and held a guest professorship at the Chinese Ocean University, Qingdao (2007-2009). She was awarded the Jakob und Wilhelm Grimm-Preis for her distinguished contribution to research, teaching and international collaboration in German Studies by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) in 2014.


Professor Yingjie Guo

Professor Yingjie Guo

Yingjie Guo is Professor in Chinese Studies. He received his BA and MA from Shanghai International Studies University, China and PhD from the University of Tasmania, Australia. His research focuses on China's cultural nationalism and Chinese cultural identities, and the discourse of class in post-Mao China. He is the author of Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary China: Searching for National identity under Reform, co-author of Nationalism, National Identity and Democratization in China, co-editor of Unequal China: Political Economy and Culture Politics, and editor of Handbook of Class and Stratification in the People’s Republic of China and Local Elites in Post-Mao China (forthcoming).


Xing Jin

Xing Jin

Xing Jin is Executive Director of the Confucius Institute. She is an award-winning program and market development expert. Xing's career has ranged from overseeing programs around market development, consumer engagement and product design to major international relations projects. Xing's diverse Australian client experience includes work with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Australia Council for the Arts and Qantas.

Xing Jin joined the Confucius Institute in 2008 and has been the Head of the Institute since 2012. Over that time she has overseen the growth of its language courses, which serve thousands of people living in Sydney. The Institute’s public reach has also expanded with the introduction of an annual calendar of events featuring leading Australian and Chinese artists, academics and commentators.

As an educator, Xing has lectured on topics including Chinese cultural awareness and business etiquette, arts marketing and community engagement. Xing holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature, and a Diploma of Education. Xing is also a dedicated arts reviewer and author.

Xing is currently a member of Executive Committee of the Australia-China Business Council NSW and the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Committee.


Dr. Minshen Zhu

Dr Minshen Zhu

Dr Minshen Zhu received his BA from Fudan University in 1982 and his PhD from ANU 1989 specialising in Chinese Linguistics, Ancient Characters and Calligraphy. He was a Visiting Fellow at ANU, and was invited for a similar appointment to Harvard University in 1988 and as a Research Associate to UC Berkeley in 1989. His major publications include: The University Course of Chinese Calligraphy (1985), [i]The Shanghai Dissertations[/i] (three volumes, 1996-2000) and [i]The Shuowen Jiezi, the Dawn of Studies of the Ancient Characters[/i] (1999).


Professor Chen Zhimin

Professor Chen Zhimin

Professor Chen Zhimin is Associate Vice President of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is a Changjiang Scholar and a Jean Monnet Chair of European foreign policy. He is vice president of the Chinese Association of International Studies. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Chinese Political Science Review, member of Advisory Board or editorial committee of several international journals, such as The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and The Pacific Review. His research interests include international relations theory, diplomacy studies, Chinese foreign policy and EU studies. His major publications in Chinese include: China, the United States and Europe: Cooperation and Competition in a New Trilateral Relation (2011, first author); Contemporary Diplomacy (2008, first author); Foreign Policy Integration in the European Union: A Mission Impossible? (2003, first author); Subnational Governments and Foreign Affairs (2001). He co-edited (with David Zweig) China's Reforms and International Political Economy (Routledge, 2007). Professor Chen received all his degrees from Fudan University. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University (1996-1997) and visiting scholar at Queen’s University, University of Durham, Lund University, Sciences Po and Keio University. He was made a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government in 2006.


Chen Wen, MD

Chen Wen, MD

Professor Chen Wen received his MD degree in social medicine and health management from Shanghai Medical University in 1998 and completed a research fellowship at School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley from August 2000 to May 2001.

Professor of Health Economics at Fudan University, he currently serves as the director of the Foreign Affairs Office and was the Dean of the School of Public Health during 2013-2017. Prof. Chen is often invited as investigator and advisor by national and municipal governments for various research programs in the field of the Chinese healthcare system, national and provincial health insurance, pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical policy and health finance. He has more than 120 publications on international and Chinese health economics in management journals.


Professor Feng Yan

Professor Feng Yan

Feng Yan has joined the University of Sydney Confucius Institute as the Deputy Director since 2014, representing the Institute’s China partner – Fudan University, Shanghai.

Feng Yan is a professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University. He obtained his BA in Chinese language and literature, MA in comparative literature, and PhD in modern Chinese literature in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University.

Feng’s past appointments include Associate Professor of the Institute of Oriental Culture at The University of Tokyo, Visiting Professor of The University of Chicago, Visiting Professor of The University of California at Davis, and Visiting Scholar of Harvard University.

His main research interests include the impact of modernist literature in China, the study of literature in relation to other art forms, and the transformation of Chinese literature in the age of the new media.