2015 Symposium Presenters


alan chan

Mr Alan Chan

Describing himself as a “late developer” and “a businessman turned scholar”, Alan Chan worked hard to achieve success. A Harvard University attendee, Alan Chan has lived under five flags — Chinese by birth, British by immigration, Japanese through military conquest, Malaysian by merger and Singaporean by independence. Alan Chan has a passion for East-West cultural interactions nurtured by his experience in translating and bilingual broadcasting in his early years. He switched to the business world at his prime, working his way up from a salesman to corporate executive, to shipowner. He sold his business in 2007, before the shipping crisis. He now keeps a base, at the Zengzi Desk (named after his ancient ancestor who was a disciple of Confucius), within the Confucius Institute, NTU, Singapore and he is a Fellow with the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies at Bond University.


Professor Raoul Mortley

Professor Raoul Mortley AO was appointed in October 2002 as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences after appointments as Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle and also at Bond University when it began in 1989. For a period he was a consultant to higher education and business, working most recently through TFG International Pty Ltd. He has worked for the Commonwealth Government, the World Bank/IFC, and has also worked in nine universities in Australia.
Professor Mortley’s scholarly work is in philosophy and the history of ideas. He was educated at the University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Strasbourg. He spent substantial periods as Researcher and Director of Research in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Dr Xiaohua YangDr Xiaohua Yang

Dr. Xiaohua Yang is Professor of International Business and the director of China Business Studies Initiative in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She specialises in internationalization of Chinese firms, international R&D strategic alliances and corporate social responsibility in multi-national corporations. Professor Yang is a recipient of multiple Best Paper Awards from prestigious international conferences, the outstanding research award from the USF School of Management as well as the prestigious China Natural Science Foundation grant. Widely published in international journals, she served as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Asia Business Studies, has been a guest editor of several top journals including Asia Pacific Journal of Management and Business Ethics Quarterly, among other editorial credentials.

reg littleDr Reg Little

Reg Little was an Australian diplomat for 25 years, who served as Deputy or Head of Mission on five overseas postings and who received substantial language training, in both Japanese and Chinese. His early experience in Japan in the 1960s led to him to appreciate the importance of Confucian culture and when he was with the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 1976 he foreshadowed China’s explosive growth (see DFAT R G Neale Lecture of 2007). He served as Director of the Australia-China Council from 1984 to 1988. In the 25 years since leaving DFAT he has co-authored 2 books, The Confucian Renaissance (1989) and The Tyranny of Fortune: Australia’s Asian Destiny (1997) and sole authored A Confucian Daoist Millennium? (2007). He is in the process of completing a short e-book Chinese Mindwork.

Dr Lei YuDr Lei Yu

Dr. Lei Yu is Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations, Renmin University, Beijing. He obtained his PhD from the University of South Australia. Dr Lei Yu was a Chinese diplomat and head of the research offices within the Chinese embassies in Nigeria and South Africa. He is a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, South Australia branch. The key areas of his teaching and research interests include international economic development, globalization and Asian regionalism, China-Australia-US relations and China-Africa relations. He has published widely on China’s relations with regional actors, including Australia.

Dr Chenshan TianDr Chenshan Tian

Chenshan Tian earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He had lived and taught in Honolulu and North Dakota. He started teaching in China in 2005 and is currently Director for the Center for East-West Relations, School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He was elected a director of International Confucian Association in October 2009. As a contemporary Chinese-American academic, Dr. Tian specializes in comparative Western and Chinese political philosophy. He has been grappling with differences in Eastern and Western world views, ways of thinking and forms of scientific understanding.  His book, Chinese Dialectics: From Yijing to Marxism, focuses on explaining the fundamental difference between Chinese and Western Marxism.

professor Guo YiProfessor Guo Yi

Guo Yi is a respected Confucian scholar who has published several books, including the Guodian Bamboo Texts and Learning and Thought in Pre-Qin Period (Guodian Zhujian Yu Xianqin Xueshu Sixiang), and numerous other works. He received his Ph.D. from Fudan University in Chinese philosophy, and among his various awards and positions was visiting scholar at Harvard; professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Fulbright Research Scholar at University of Wisconsin; and currently he is a professor at the Department of Philosophy, Seoul National University. He also serves as vice president and chair of the academic committee, Nishan Confucius Birthplace Academy; vice chair of the academic committee, International Confucian Association; and guest professor at Department of Philosophy, Renmin University of China.

rev heng sureRev Heng Sure

Rev. Heng Sure, a native of Toledo, Ohio, became a Buddhist Bhikshu (monk) at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Talmage, California, in 1976, after finishing his M.A. in Oriental Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. He ordained in the Mahayana tradition of Chinese Buddhism with his teacher in religion, the late Chan Master Hsuan Hua. In 1977 Heng Sure commenced a “Three Steps, One Bow” pilgrimage for World Peace, traveling up the California coast from South Pasadena to Ukiah. He and his monk companion covered a distance of eight hundred miles in two years and six months. During the pilgrimage and for three years following, Heng Sure observed a vow of complete silence. Rev. Sure currently serves as Director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and holds a Doctorate in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, where he co-teaches a class on Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Buddhist Philosophy in the Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University.

Dr Xiaoming WuDr Xiaoming Wu

Dr Xiaoming Wu is senior lecturer in Chinese in the Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies in the School of Language, Social and Political Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is the current programme director of the Chinese Programme in the Department. He graduated with a Masters degree from Peking University, and obtained his PhD at the University of Sussex. He has published extensively on traditional Chinese thought, comparative studies of Chinese and European philosophy, and Chinese and comparative literature. His more recent works, published by Peking University Press, include Wu dao yi yi guan zhi: Chong du Kong Zi (A Single Thread Runs through All My Doctrines’: Rereading Confucius), Wenben zhi jian—cong Kongzi dao Lu Xun (Between texts—from Confucius to Lu Xun) and Tianming: zhiwei xing!—Piandu Zhongyong (Heaven commands—which is what is meant by human nature: A Limited Reading of the Doctrine of the Mean).

professor haiming wen

Professor Haiming Wen

Professor Haiming Wen received his Ph.D. on comparative philosophy from University of Hawaii in 2006. He is now a professor and Associate Dean at the School of Philosophy, Renmin (People’s) University of China (RUC). He has published books in Chinese and in English, including the books: Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World (Lextington, 2009) and Chinese Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has also published more than 50 journal articles in both English and Chinese, including more than 10 articles in English in peer-reviewed journals such as Asian Philosophy, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Contemporary Chinese Thought, Culture and Psychology, and Frontier of Chinese Philosophy. He has been selected as one of the New Century Excellent Talents (NCET), Chinese Ministry of Education, in 2010, and one of the Ming De Scholars of RUC. He is on the Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Asian Philosophy, the associate editor-in-chief for the English Journal Frontier of Philosophy in China, and editor-in-chief for the “International Studies on Chinese Philosophy” series for the Peking University Press. He has been invited to present more than 50 papers in more than 20 countries.

rosita dellios profile

Dr Rosita Dellios

Rosita Dellios is Associate Professor of International Relations at Bond University. She is also International Relations Analyst and a founding member of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies. She lectures and writes on the themes of Chinese strategy and philosophy, geopolitics, and future trends in global politics. As of 2015, Dr Dellios has published one book on China’s defence strategy; co-edited a book on Confucian humanism; co-authored a book on China’s quest for global order, published some 40 book chapters and journal articles (some co-authored); and presented numerous conference papers. She is currently working on a co-authored book on the history and philosophy of Chinese power. Dr Dellios obtained her PhD from Deakin University, Australia.

james fergusonDr James Ferguson

R. James Ferguson’s teaching areas include international relations, regionalism, and globalisation. He is the Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies within the Faculty. Dr Ferguson conducts research and publishes in the areas of Asian, Eurasia, European and Australasian International Relations, Eurasian studies, Chinese cultural systems, human and comprehensive security, Islamic governance, and regional organisations. Research has included an emphasis on international regimes, China’s view of regional and global order, and emerging patterns of governance for orbital space.  He is co-author of China’s Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, (2013). He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the refereed International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, London), the International Institute of Development Studies (IIDS) and for several years served as a Council member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Queensland). He regularly presents at conferences in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Europe and Australia. James has a Doctor of Philosophy from Bond University and Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Macquarie University.

Chun ShanProfessor Chun Shan

Chun Shan is a professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Law as well as the Academy of Human Rights Law of the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He was recently appointed Professor Extraordinarius by the University of South Africa. He is are Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association of Pragmatism; and board member of the following associations – China Association of Religion Studies, ; China Association of Book Reviews, the International Confucian Association, and the Chinese Association of Legal Thought. He is also the Chief Editor for The Journal of International Confucian Studies(bilingual, Chinese and English); Chairman of the Academic Commission, at the Confucian Academy, Sichuan University, China; and is an international member of the American Association of Law and Society. Professor Shan’s academic qualifications include a PhD in Classical Chinese Philosophy, from the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing; and a Post-Doctoral Certificate from the Central University of Chinese Nationalities, Beijing.

Yilan Luan

Miss Yilan Luan

Yilan Luan is Associate Director of the Centre for East-West Relations, Beijing Foreign Studies University She has been working at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press since 2012. Her main expertise is in comparative literature and she obtained her Masters degree from Min Zu University of China, Beijing.

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