Staff Profiles

Ms Xing Jin

General Manager

Xing Jin

Xing Jin is an award-winning market and program development specialist with more than 15 years experience in the field of community engagement and cross cultural communications. Xing's career has ranged from market development specialist in the arts and cultural industries, to community engagement consultancy with large corporate firms. Xing regularly consults on China-related concerts, exhibitions and events. Before joining the Confucius Institute, Xing was the Audience Development Manager at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2007. Xing's diverse Australian client experience includes the Sydney Opera House, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Theatre of Image, Music Films Distribution, Telstra, Qantas and Medibank Private.

Xing Jin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature, a Master of Arts in Communication Management and a Diploma of Education. Xing is also an experienced Chinese language teacher. Her Australian teaching experience has ranged from taking high school HSC Chinese classes to giving lectures at universities and vocational colleges, which has provided her with a deep understanding of Chinese language teaching. Xing Jin brings a wealth of administrative, program development and market communication experience to the Confucius Institute.


Ying Li Sun

Chinese Language Teacher

Ying Li Sun

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. In addition to her teaching at the Confucius Institute, Yingli is currently teaching advanced Chinese courses at the School of International Studies, University of New South Wales.


Zhen Wang

Chinese Language Teacher

Zhen Wang

Zhen Wang is a professional language teacher specialising in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) as well as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She uses an interactive approach to deliver effective Chinese language education which enables English-speaking students to quickly pick up the Chinese language in a highly engaging classroom atmosphere. This approach makes the maximum use of students’ prior knowledge of their own first language in learning a new language on a part- time basis. Before joining the Confucius Institute, she taught Chinese courses for adults in Sydney at different levels.

Zhen’s approach is backed by her intensive studies in the fields of education and language over more than six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Beijing Normal University, China, a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Sydney and a graduate diploma in TESOL from the University of Wollongong.


June Su

Chinese Language Teacher

June Su

June Su has had fifteen years Chinese teaching experience covering a wide range of student ages and courses in both Australia and China. In addition to teaching at the Confucius Institute and Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney, June also teaches full- time high school Chinese for Background Speakers and English as a Second Language. June has taught Mandarin from beginners to advanced level and Chinese for Background Speakers at many schools across Sydney, such as Homebush Boys High, Meriden, Sydney Secondary College (Leichhardt), DET Saturday School of Community Languages and Inaburra School.

June holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching.


James Sun

Chinese Language Teacher

James Sun

James has a bachelor’s degree in Education from China and has had extensive experience in teaching Mandarin to overseas students, including teaching Chinese at a top international school in South East Asia. He has also taught Mandarin to adult students from English-speaking backgrounds at the Language Exchange in Sydney.

James has also worked for multinational companies in China and Australia, and this business experience has helped him to understand the essentials required to teach Mandarin as a foreign language and to enable learners to use their acquired language in real life and business situations.

James holds master’s degrees in both Commerce (UNSW) and Media Communications.



Pauline Huang

Tai Ji Teacher

Pauline Huang

Pauline Huang has dedicated years to the practice of Tai Ji Quan and travels regularly to China and Japan to be trained through rigorous regimes with her Chinese masters.

She is particularly proficient in the Wu style which emphasises harmony and self-development through subtle body movements. It is Pauline's vision to introduce Tai Ji Quan to the community to help promote energy, vitality and calm.


Franz Chi Lik Cheung

Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Teacher

Franz Chi Lik Cheung

Franz Chi Lik Cheung is a Chinese artist from Hong Kong. He holds a degree of Master of Studio Art from the Sydney College of Art, USYD. Currently he is a teacher of Chinese Calligraphy & Painting, lectures in Chinese Art History at Macquarie University and is also a guest teacher at the Art Gallery of NSW. He has conducted workshops and short courses at numerous festivals, events and celebrations throughout Sydney in different venues such as art centres, schools and art societies.

Franz is currently the president of the Australian Oriental Calligraphy Society. His calligraphy appears in an Australian landscape album, Tranquil Waters, co-authored with Ian Carlson and published in 2005. He has also featured in a short film titled 4 Immeasurable produced by film maker Keith Johnson in 2009. He has had 4 solo exhibitions in Sydney since 2007 and has participated in numerous group calligraphy exhibitions both in Australia and in different countries overseas.


Richard Niu

Chinese Martial Arts Teacher

Richard Niu

Richard Niu has been teaching the Chinese Martial Arts course at the University of Sydney Confucius Institute since August 2011. Richard Niu was born in Hebei province, China in 1984. Richard began martial arts training at 6 years old. For many years, he has trained with the best martial arts teachers in China. Richard is a multi-awards winning Chinese martial arts master who has won numerous awards in international martial arts competitions between 2006 and 2009, including 2006 "Kung Fu Star" China National TV Competition, 2006 Macau Chinese Martial Arts International Competition, 2007 International Martial Arts Competition and 2009 Hong Kong International Kung Fu Competition.

In 2009, Richard graduated from the Hebei Normal University with a Master degree in Chinese Martial Arts Teaching. Richard believes that martial arts is a state of mind, people can improve their fitness and self-defence ability through learning kung fu movements and self-defence techniques.


Board Members

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison is the Chairman of the Board.

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 is currently Professor of Political Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

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 Kerry Brown

Professor Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is the Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney. He is the Team Leader of the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union and also, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, London.

Brown was previously Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London and a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1998 to 2005, serving as First Secretary, British Embassy Beijing 2000-2003 and Head of the Indonesia and East Timor Section 2003-2005.

Educated at the Universities of Cambridge (MA) and Leeds (PhD), Brown is the author of 8 books on China, the most recent ones were: `Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Leader’ (2012) and `Contemporary China’ (2013). He is currently working on his new book `The Networked Leadership: China’s Fifth Generation Leaders’.


Professor Jeffrey Riegel

Professor Jeffrey Riegel

Jeffrey Riegel is Professor and Head of the School of Languages and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Sydney, a position he has held since January 2007. Professor Riegel did postgraduate work at Stanford University and received his PhD in Chinese from Stanford University in 1978. In 1979, Professor Riegel joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for 28 years, and eventually held the esteemed endowed chair, the Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese. Professor Riegel also served for a time as chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and chair of the Centre for Chinese Studies. Professor Riegel's main areas of research are the thought, literature and archaeology of early China and he has published books and articles in these areas. Professor Riegel frequently attends conferences in China and has close research collaborations with the Shaanxi Province Institute of Archaeology and Peking University. He is a popular lecturer in the U.S. and has become involved in several lecture series in Sydney, including those organized at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Professor Riegel will serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Confucius Institute where he will help facilitate cooperation between the Institute and the Faculty of Arts.


Sandra Meiras

Sandra Meiras

Sandra Meiras is the Director of International at the University of Sydney. Sandra has extensive knowledge of higher education management and has held management appointments in universities’ central portfolios and faculties. Her professional focus has been in the areas of international strategy development and planning, faculty administration and academic administration, including course and program development. Sandra’s interests include international education, and program management and development in Latin America. She holds an undergraduate degree in science and a Master of Education (Honours). Her thesis investigated the impact of international education on Australian universities. She is a member of the Council on Australian Latin America Relations Education Action Group (COALAR EAG), has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and is an adjunct faculty member at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, USA. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a tertiary education mentor in the Smith Family Mentoring Program. She has been a member on charity boards and is fluent in Spanish.


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).

Dr Zhu is a Senior Adviser (China) to the Vice President International.


Professor Feng Xiaoyuan

Professor Feng Xiaoyuan

Professor FENG Xiaoyuan graduated from Shanghai First Medical College in 1982. Since then he has been working in the Department of Radiology of university-affiliated Huashan Hospital. In 1989, Professor Feng received his MD in Shanghai Medical University, and he was promoted to be full professor in 1996. From 1988 to 1997, he worked as visiting scholar or senior visiting scholar in UCSF Medical Center in the USA, Faculty of Medicine Lund University in Sweden, and Medical School of Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, for periods of time.

Professor Feng served as the Dean of Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University from 2006 to 2011, responsible for the development of the education, research, practice and service in the medical field. Prior to that position, he was the vice President and then the co-President of Huashan Hospital, affiliated to Fudan University.

In March 2011, Professor Feng was appointed as the Vice President of Fudan University, responsible for international cooperation, alumni affairs and fund raising.

Professor Feng is a well-recognized radiologist, serving as the editor-in-chief or associate editor-in-chief of several academic journals in radiology and medical image. He is also the elect Chairman of the Chinese Society of Radiology, the largest and most authentic academic association in medical radiology.


Professor Zhu Chouwen

Professor Zhu Chouwen

Dr. Zhu Chouwen MD, MSc is the Director of Fudan University's Foreign Affairs Office, responsible for promoting international cooperative programmes and projects at Fudan University.
Dr. Zhu has also been involved in the development of the Confucius Institutes of Fudan University since 2006. He has worked closely with the School of International Culture Exchanges. In August 2012, he was appointed as the Director of the newly reconstructed Office of Confucius Institute Affairs.
A specialist in Gastroenterology, Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine, Dr Zhu is also Director of Fudan University’s China Medical Board Affairs.