Confucius Institute Faculty

Yao Jie

Dr. Yao Jie

Chinese Director

Dr. Yao Jie became CIB’s Chinese Director in September 2017. Dr. Yao is a professor of Advertising and Brand Science, and Deputy Director of International Cooperation and Exchanges at the International Education Institute in Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (NUFE). She has been engaged in teaching, research work, and college management for almost 25 years at NUFE.

Dr. Yao is also a member of the Academic Committee of the China Advertising Association, and the Standing Director of Jiangsu Advertising Association.

Dr. Yao is a graduate of Nanjing Normal University where she earned her Ph. D. in Public Administration.

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Dr. Maryalice Mazzara


Dr. Maryalice Mazzara has been involved with CIB since its founding in December 2010, first as its Deputy Director, and as its Director since July 2013. She is the Director of Educational Programs for the Office of Global Affairs of the SUNY system.

Dr. Mazzara is also the Founding Director of the JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Scholars Program with Binghamton, Geneseo, and Stony Brook SUNY campuses.

Dr. Mazzara earned her Ed. D. in International Education Development from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Zhang Qi

Ms. Zhang Qi

Ms. Zhang Qi started her position at CIB in September 2017. Prior to CIB, she was an International Human Resources Manager in the International Office of Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (NUFE). Qi was awarded the Advanced Individual Award in International Human Resource Management in Jiangsu Province in 2015.

Ms. Zhang has a Master’s Degree in International Communication from Shanghai International Studies University. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree at Nanjing University, majoring in International Politics.

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