The Board

Professor Jenny Dixon



The Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute in Auckland, Professor Jenny Dixon MSc, DPhil, FNZPl, is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) of The University of Auckland and a member of its Senior Management Team.

Professor Dixon has had a distinguished career in teaching and research, and is recognised as a leader in urban planning in New Zealand's academic, government and private sectors.  She is a former Head of the university's Department of Architecture and Planning.

In her current role, Professor Dixon has responsibility for the University's international relations, including the Confucius Institute, international office, government relations, alumni relations and advancement.

Professor Paul Clark

Paul Clark is a Professor of Chinese at The University of Auckland's School of Asian Studies, as well as Director of the China Studies Centre at the New Zealand Asia Institute.

Paul is an acclaimed author, having published several books on Chinese culture including Reinventing China: A Generation and Its Films and Chinese Cinema: Culture and Politics since 1949.

Paul has written numerous published articles and contributions on Chinese film and popular culture and is co-editor of China and New Zealand: A Thriving Relationship Thirty Years On. He is currently completing a book on the cultural history of China's Cultural Revolution with his next project examining the emergence of Chinese youth culture between 1968 and 2008.

A graduate in History of The University of Auckland, Paul went to Beijing in 1974 as a New Zealand exchange student, studying Chinese history at Peking University. He holds a PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.

Mr Patrick English

Patrick English is the Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council, established in 2012 as a key part of the Government’s NZ Inc China Strategy, aiming to retain and strengthen New Zealand's relationship with China. 

Mr English worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for more than 17 years, including more than 12 years living and working in China.  He served in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, as well as Malaysia, as Trade Commissioner.  

A member of the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement negotiations team, Mr English led the market implementation programme for the agreement. 

He has an M.A. in International Management and Chinese from the University of Waikato.


Mr Danny Chan

A third generation New Zealand Chinese, Danny was brought up in Wellington. He holds a number of directorships in New Zealand. He is the Deputy Chairman of Academic Colleges Group Limited, the largest private education group in New Zealand. In 2009, Danny was appointed to the Board of Abano Healthcare Limited, an NZX listed healthcare provider. His other directorships including Flowerzone International Limited, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited and Farmers Mutual Group.

He was a former director of Everbright Pacific Limited, a subsidiary of one of the largest Chinese government owned conglomerates, China Everbright Limited. He was also a director of Airways Corporation Limited, a state owned air traffic management company and AgResearch Limited, a crown owned scientific research company that specializes in agricultural and biotechnology developments.

Mr Fang Dongbo

Fang Dongbo is the Education Consul in the Chinese Consulate General in Auckland.  A Masters graduate of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, he is now a candidate for a Doctorate in Education at Tsinghua University. 

Mr Fang was Education Consul for China in New York for four years.

Professor Helen Nicholson

Professor Helen Nicholson is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Otago and a member of its Senior Management Team. Prior to taking up this role she was the Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences. 

She graduated with an MBChB and BScHons from the University of Bristol and practiced medicine before returning to doctoral studies and an academic career in the Department of Anatomy at Bristol. She moved to New Zealand in 2000 to take up a Chair in Anatomy.   

Professor Nicholson is also a director of New Zealand Genomics Ltd and Trustee of the New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mr Peter (Wing Ho) Chin

Peter (Wing Ho) Chin is a lawyer and was the 56th Mayor of Dunedin, New Zealand. He served two terms as Mayor from 2004 to 2010. Mr Chin is a descendant of one of New Zealand’s earliest Chinese families.

Professor Zhu Chouwen

Professor Zhu Chouwen MD, MSc is the Director of Fudan University's Foreign Affairs Office, responsible for promoting international cooperative programmes and projects in the university. 

Professor 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, Professor Zhu is also Director of the university's China Medical Board Affairs.

Professor Wu Zhongwei

Professor Wu is Dean of the International Cultural Exchange School of Fudan University.

A former teacher and lecturer, Professor Wu has a Ph.D in linguistics from Fudan University and has received prestigious national awards for the teaching of languages. 

His publications include Chinese grammar, teaching theory and Chinese language instruction and he has edited a number of text books and other reference materials in language instruction, including "The Contemporary Chinese" series.