Members from both New Zealand and China
Chair, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement, The University of Auckland
Dr Erik Lithander
The Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute in Auckland, Dr Erik Lithander is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement of The University of Auckland and a member of its Senior Management Team. He is responsible for international education and international relations, government and stakeholder engagement in New Zealand, alumni relations and development and Pacific strategy and engagement.
Prior to commencing this role in 2021, Dr Erik Lithander was at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, where he held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement) from 2016. He was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Outreach) at the Australian National University in Canberra and Director of International Affairs at University College Dublin.
Deputy-Vice-Chancellor External Engagement, The University of Otago
Prof. Tony Ballantyne
Professor Tony Ballantyne is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) at the University of Otago. Prior to taking up this role he was the pro-vice-chancellor of the division of humanities.
Tony is recognised as a world-leading historian of the modern British empire. He grew up in Dunedin, graduating from Otago with a BA (Hons) in history in 1993, and gained a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1999.
He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2012.
Professor of Chinese, The University of Auckland
Prof. Paul Clark
Paul Clark is Professor of Chinese at The University of Auckland, Director of the North Asia CAPE (Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence), Associate Director of New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and Academic Director at The New Zealand Centre at Peking University.
Deputy Chairman, Academic Colleges Group Limited
A third-generation New Zealand Chinese, Danny was brought up in Wellington. He holds a number of directorships in New Zealand. He was a co-founder and is the Deputy Chairman of Academic Colleges Group Limited, the largest private education group in New Zealand.
Former Executive Director, New Zealand China Council
Patrick English is the former 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.
Former Mayor, Dunedin City Council
Peter (Wing Ho) Chin
Peter (Wing Ho) Chin was a lawyer and 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.
Director, Global Partnerships Office/Confucius Institutes Office, Fudan University
Prof. Lu Lian
Professor Lu Lian is the director of Fudan’s Foreign Affairs Office and Confucius Institutes Office, and a professor of English literature.
Dean, International Cultural Exchange School, Fudan University
Prof. Wu Zhongwei
Professor Wu is the Dean of the International Cultural Exchange School of Fudan University. His publications include Chinese grammar, teaching theory and Chinese language instruction.