Our staff

Management Team

Associate Professor Ying JIANG, Australian Director (Maggie Jiang)

Maggie grew up in China and studied and worked in Europe before obtaining her doctoral degree in Australia. She worked at the University of Adelaide as a senior lecturer with tenure until 2018. Maggie’s research interests and publications mainly include cross-cultural communication, social media and public relations. One of Maggie’s books Cyber-nationalism in China has been sold and downloaded more than 50,000 times. One of her recent articles “‘Reversed agenda-setting effects’ in China: Case studies of Weibo trending topics”, published by the Journal of International Communications, has become one of the most read articles on Taylor & Francis online. In 2018, she was named one of the ten most outstanding young Australian-Chinese in Australia's Golden Wattle Awards. She is also a research member of the Soft Power Advocacy & Research Centre at Macquarie University, focusing on the use of social media in public diplomacy. In addition to her academic work, Maggie provides strategic communication training for a wide range of organisations.

Associate Professor Xingkui ZHANG, Associate Director from ZJU

As an undergraduate in mid-1980s, Mr Zhang majored in English at the Foreign Language Department of Zhejiang University (ZJU). He completed postgraduate studies, obtaining a Master of Applied Linguistics at ZJU in the mid-1990s and a Master of TESOL at the University of Sydney in 2005. He earned his Doctor of Education at the Faculty of Education and Social Work from Sydney University for his thesis on Chinese masculinities. Dr Zhang specializes in a range of fields: from foreign language teaching to gender studies, China studies and intercultural communication. His teaching and learning experiences have included universities in China, USA and Australia through the last 3 decades. Dr Zhang has also been a NAATI Professional Translator in Chinese and English (both directions).

Ms Catherine Driver, Business Manager

Ms Catherine Driver commenced work with the Confucius Institute in April 2016 in the role of Business Manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Performing – Dance) and a Bachelor of Policy Studies. Catherine worked as an actor and arts administrator before joining the Western Australian Government's Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) in 1997. Over 17 years with DCA, she worked in roles related to arts funding, cultural policy and team management, before settling into a focus on international relations. Catherine has many years of experience supporting cultural exchange with China. In 2008 she participated in the Western Australia-Zhejiang Public Servant Exchange, spending three months in Hangzhou to explore opportunities for collaboration in film, animation and designer fashion. Catherine has a long-held interest in Chinese language and culture, and strong networks in the Government and arts sectors. She looks forward to making a contribution to Western Australia-China relations through her work with the Confucius Institute.

Ms Carol JIN, Program Coordinator

Ms Ruibing (Carol) Jin joined the Confucius Institute in 2017 as Program Coordinator. In addition to having extensive work experience in training and translation, Carol has a Master of Adult and Vocational Education from Charles Sturt University, a Bachelor of Management from Yunnan University, and a Diploma of Business (Accounting) from La Trobe University. She also holds a Certificate in Business English from NMIT and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from CBD College. Carol’s major responsibilities include cultural training; translation; social media management; organising study tours; and hosting and managing events such as conferences, seminars, performances, art exhibitions and competitions. She has also helped extend the Institute’s collaborations in diverse fields, such as voice narration and translation of film documentaries.

Ms Fiona HU, Program and Event Coordinator

Ms Fiona Hu has a Master of Marketing from UWA and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin. Fiona has work experience at universities and schools including Murdoch College, Edith Cowan University and the International school in Beijing. She was previously a Marketing and Communication Officer at the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, and most recently was the Senior VIP Coordinator at Crown Perth. Fiona began working as Administration Officer with the Confucius Institute in June 2017. She feels privileged to be a part of the team promoting Chinese language and Chinese culture.

Ms Amy HARRIS, Operations Officer

Ms Amy Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts from UWA, majoring in Italian studies and Chinese studies. In 2019 Amy spent 1 month at the Beijing Language and Culture University improving her Mandarin language skills and deepening her understanding of China. Amy is currently pursuing a Masters of Translation at UWA specialising in Italian to English translation. Amy has extensive administration experience as well as a background in a variety of diverse industries, including arts, fitness, education, and tourism. Amy has always been fascinated by other cultures, and she is thrilled to be working at the Confucius Institute.


Ms Qing QI, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Qing Qi (祁青) received her MA in Chinese language from Zhejiang University, and a BA in Chinese language and literature from Renmin University. She has taught Chinese to international students at Zhejiang University for 18 years, covering all aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing. She has also helped students take part in the "Hanyu Qiao" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students on many occasions. Ms Qi taught corporate managers Business Chinese for half a year at the Chinese Cultural Centre that was established by the United States (Boston) State Street Corporation and Zhejiang University. Ms Qi currently serves as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute at UWA, and is also responsible for planning and promoting community Tai Chi programs.

Ms Ye CAO, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Ye CAO (曹叶), who is originally from Tianjin in China, holds a Masters degree in Physics from Tianjin Normal University. She has broad teaching experience having worked in education for more than eight years, receiving many awards for her work. Since coming to Australia, Ms Cao has devoted herself to Chinese education and has worked as a Chinese teacher at Churchlands Senior High School, Hale School and Rossmoyne Senior High School. She is full of energy, has a warm and cheerful personality, is approachable and is able to quickly get close to her students. Ms Cao believes that language teaching and cultural communication are the best way to promote mutual understanding between people.

Ms Jiali (Carrie) HUANG, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Carrie HUANG (黄嘉丽), who is originally from Guangzhou in China, holds a Master’s Degree in Law from South China Normal University. She has extensive experience in higher education and loves education and scientific research. She has been engaged in scientific research management as well as education and teaching reform, teaching this at Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College for six years. She was in charge of a provincial scientific research project and participated in several others. After coming to Australia she became involved in Chinese education, and began to develop research interests in Chinese characters and in Chinese culture. She hopes to use these as a bridge for Chinese language learning.

Ms Xin (Sienna) HUANG, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Sienna HUANG (黄昕), who is originally from Guangzhou in China, holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism from Guangzhou University as well as a Master's degree in Education from Curtin University. She is a qualified WA secondary teacher with four years professional experience in teaching Chinese and working as an ATAR oral examiner. Ms Huang not only loves traditional Chinese culture but also devotes herself to promoting greater understanding of ethnic minority culture. Teaching Chinese has always been her passion and she is keen to pursue opportunities in this field.

Mr Leo LIU, Chinese Language Teacher

Mr Leo LIU (刘宇博), who is currently a Master’s student in Translation Studies at UWA, also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Xiamen University of Technology, China. Mr Liu has more than three years of professional experience in teaching Chinese in different countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and China. He is a young and accomplished teacher with great passion. Mr Liu has experience as a technical interpreter for a multinational corporation, and also has excellent translation skills and bilingual interpersonal communication skills. He is a member of the China-Australia Youth Association and is committed to promoting cross-cultural friendship between Australia and China.

Ms Lihong WU, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Lihong WU (武俐宏), who is originally from Hebei Province in China, is currently undertaking a PhD in Film Studies from the University of NSW. Ms Wu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University in Guangzhou, and a Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature from Nankai University in Tianjin. As a zealous explorer in the world of language, Ms Wu has also studied French, Latin, and Ancient Chinese. Her interest in teaching Chinese stems from her college experience, where she received comprehensive training in linguistics, paleography and literature. Motivated by her long-held fascination with language and equipped with a strong academic background, Ms Wu aspires to lead more curious students into the palace of the Chinese language.

Ms Yan (Molly) ZHANG, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Molly ZHANG (张燕) was born in Shandong Province in China and now lives in Perth. Ms Zhang holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Qufu Normal University and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. She worked as a lecturer in Shanghai from 2002 to 2009. She was also a visiting scholar at Edith Cowan University in 2007 and at Queens College, City University of New York in 2009. She then studied toward a PhD at Curtin University from 2010 to 2014, while also working as a sessional tutor at Edith Cowan University between 2011 and 2014. In 2010 Ms Zhang received the Australian Government's Australian Leadership Award. Ms Zhang believes that language learning and teaching is critically important - particularly when people are young. She is passionate about promoting and supporting children’s language learning and is very patient with students.

Honorary Fellow

Mr Geoffrey Davis

Mr Geoffrey Davis AM is a pioneer Chinese language teacher in WA. In 1980, he introduced the first Chinese language teaching program in WA at Mount Lawley Senior High School. Mr Davis is the founding President of both the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia and of the Chinese Language Teachers' Federation of Australia.

In 2000, Mr Davis was awarded the title of Outstanding Chinese Language Educator by the government of the People's Republic of China. In 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to education, particularly through the introduction and promotion of Chinese language teaching in the public school sector in WA. The same year, Mr Davis became an Honorary Fellow of the Confucius Institute at UWA, a position he retains to this day.

Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

With international borders remaining closed, the Confucius Institute at UWA volunteer program will be paused in Semester 1 2022. On-line support is available to WA schools through our partnership with Zhejiang University in China. Online teaching assistants are graduate students of Teaching Chinese as a Second language. Please contact us if you are interested to learn more: [email protected]