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Learn more about our governance and management

The centre is supported by experts across the University's faculties, schools and research centres. 

The China Studies Centre is managed by our Director Professor Luigi Tomba, who is responsible for the centre’s directions, missions and goals, and is its academic head. The work of the Director is supported by the Deputy Director, Board of Management, Panel of Advisors, Executive Committee and Research Committee. 

 

The Board of Management is responsible for the centre's strategic direction, and monitors and reports on its activities to the wider University. The Board includes representatives of the principal University stakeholders – the Provost, faculties and deputy vice-chancellors.

The Board of Management of the China Studies Centre will:

  • determine its strategic direction
  • report to the University on the centre's performance and activities
  • approve the structure and membership of the centre’s clusters
  • monitor the centre’s financial management.

Current membership

Name

Position

Professor Stephen Garton (Chair)

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Kathy Belov

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor of Comparative Genomics

Professor Michele Ford

Director and Future Fellow, Sydney Southeast Asian Centre

Associate Professor Martijn Konings Department of Political Economy

Professor Yixu Lu

Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Stephen Simpson

Academic Director

Charles Perkins Centre

Professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Professor Luigi Tomba

Director, China Studies Centre

Professor Gregory Whitwell

Dean, Business School

Professor Jian Guo Zhu

Head of School, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

The centre is assisted with its external positioning by a Panel of Advisors.

Members of this panel have expertise in Australia-China business and government relations and are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.

The Panel of Advisors of the China Studies Centre will:

  • provide advice and support to the centre on its external positioning
  • assist the University in finding support to maintain the centre
  • provide linkages to business, government and local communities.

Current membership 

Name

Position

Mr Doug Ferguson

Partner in Charge, China Practice, KPMG

 

Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown

 

Managing Director, Riverstone Advisory

 

Mr Robert Kok

 

Councillor, City of Sydney

Mr Henry F. Makeham

Founder and Chair of the Board of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue

Mrs Lesley Mathews

 

Managing Director, Lesley Mathews Pty Ltd.; Executive Director, South Asia Forum Ltd; Director, Kleiberit Australia Pty Limited

Ms Jingmin Qian

Company Director and Corporate Adviser, Jing Meridian Advisory

Dr Geoff Raby

Chairman & CEO, Geoff Raby & Associates

Mr Tim Regan

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of The George Institute for Global Health

The Executive Committee is comprised of the senior academic and administrative staff. It has oversight of all activities and provides advice and makes recommendations to the Director and Deputy Director on the centre's operation.

Membership of the Executive Committee is approved every two years by the Board of Management.

The Executive Committee:

  • meets four times a year
  • may be chaired by the Director, the Deputy Director or a member of the Executive Elects one of its number to be chair, every three years
  • may co-opt additional members in an advisory capacity.

The Executive Committee of the China Studies Centre will:

  • provide advice and support to the Director and Deputy Director
  • ensure that the centre is effective in linking China studies across the University with the activities, academic and otherwise, supported by the centre
  • endorse recommendations from the sub-committees of the Executive Committee
  • contribute to the development of strategic plans and directions for the centre
  • assist in the implementation of operational plans
  • advise on policy pertaining to the centre
  • consult and advise on the annual program of academic and outreach activities
  • make recommendations to the Board of Management on any matters relating to the centre.

Current membership 

Name

Position

Dr Hamid Arandiyan

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Science; Cluster leader - Science & Technology, China Studies Centre

Professor Alison Betts

Professor of Silk Road Studies, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Cluster leader - History, China Studies Centre

Dr David Brophy Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, Department of History; Cluster leader - History, China Studies Centre

Dr Joy Dai-Keller

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy

Associate Professor Dilip Dutta

Associate Professor, School of Economics; Cluster leader - Business and Economics, China Studies Centre

Professor Roland Fletcher Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology, Department of Archaeology

Professor Hans Hendrischke

Professor of Chinese Business and Management, Business School; Cluster leader - Business and Economics, China Studies Centre

Associate Professor Jeanne Huang

Sydney Law School

Dr Catherine Ingram

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Dr Olivier Krischer Deputy Director, China Studies Centre
Professor Mu Li Professor in International Public Health, School of Public Health; Cluster leader - Wellbeing, China Studies Centre
Dr Joyce Nip Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications
Dr Josiah Poon Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science; Cluster leader - Science & Technology, China Studies Centre
Associate Professor Simon Poon Program Director, Master of Health Technology Innovation, School of Computer Science; Cluster leader - Wellbeing, China Studies Centre
Mr Lei (Stone) Shi PhD candidate, School of Economics; representative of PhD students
Dr Josh Stenberg Lecturer in Chinese Studies; Cluster leader - Language, Literature, Culture and Education, China Studies Centre

Professor Luigi Tomba

Director, China Studies Centre 

Associate Professor Linda Tsung

Department of Chinese Studies; Cluster leader - Language, Literature, Culture and Education, China Studies Centre

Professor Anthony Welch Professor of Education, School of Education and Social Work

Associate Professor Li Ming Wen

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Dr Olaf Werder Degree Director, Master of Health Communication
Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications

The Research Committee considers matters referred to it by the Executive Committee. It makes recommendations for allocation of resources under the centre’s various research support programs to the Executive Committee. The Research Committee also makes recommendations on the structure and operation of research support programs.

The Research Committee is nominated every two years by the Executive Committee members of the China Studies Centre.

Terms of reference

  • The Research Committee is a sub-committee of the Executive Committee.
  • It provides advice and makes recommendation to the Executive Committee on the centre’s research activities.
  • The Research Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Committee on the allocation of resources provided for in the centre’s various research support programs.
  • The Research Committee considers any matters referred to it by the Executive Committee.

Current membership 

Name

Position

Professor Alison Betts

Professor of Silk Road Studies, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Cluster leader - History, China Studies Centre

Associate Professor Dilip Dutta

Associate Professor, School of Economics; Cluster leader - Business and Economics, China Studies Centre

Professor Hans Hendrischke

Professor of Chinese Business and Management, Business School; Cluster leader - Business and Economics, China Studies Centre

Associate Professor Simon Poon Program Director, Master of Health Technology Innovation, School of Computer Science; Cluster leader - Wellbeing, China Studies Centre

Associate Professor Li Ming Wen

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health