Dr Amanda Barry

Director, China Liaison Office

Dr Amanda Barry is the founding Director of the Australian National University’s China Liaison Office (established March 2017) and is responsible for deepening and strengthening the university’s China engagement across multiple research partnerships as well as through student pathways, alumni relations and industry engagement. Amanda is also actively developing student, alumni and careers services in China for current ANU students and graduates. Amanda was previously Director of Academics at The Beijing Center, a research, education and study abroad program at Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics, where she delivered programs for foreign students in Beijing.

Amanda holds an award-winning Ph.D. in Australian Indigenous history from the University of Melbourne. Beijing-based since 2005, she has worked in higher education, cultural diplomacy, business consulting and the arts including at the Australian Embassy, Peking University, the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and The Beijing Center. Amanda is also currently Chair of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce Education Industry Forum. Amanda has a particular interest in the career development and mentoring of young people. She is active in women’s career and mentoring programs in Beijing and is regularly invited to speak on international education, the Australia-China relationship, and career development for women.