Nora Yao, Director of the Confucius Institute in Auckland with over 30 years experience in Chinese language teaching at the University of Auckland.

Nora's research interests are Chinese as a foreign language teaching and learning methodology, and contrastive analysis of English and Chinese.

Nora’s outstanding teaching achievements and her leadership have been recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Auckland and ‘Valued Contribution to the University Award’ by the Vice Chancellor of the University. and a ‘Good Citizen Award’, a ‘Medal for Distinguished Women in Auckland’ from the Mayor of Auckland for her local community service.

Nora Yao is council member of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, a member of editorial board for Xiamen University’s journal: Overseas Chinese Education and a member of the expert panel of International Chinese Teaching Materials Development.