Confucius Institute Faculty

Dr. Sun Dong

Chinese Director

Sun Dong headshotDr. Sun Dong is a professor of English literature in Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (NUFE), where she has also served as Associate Dean of the Higher Education Research Institute.  Her academic interests encompass literature, cultural studies and media. Dr. Sun received her Ph.D. from Nanjing University in 2009. Following completion of her formal degree, she entered a post-doctoral program in communication and media studies at McMaster University, Canada.  She has been teaching for more than twenty years and has received awards for her teaching excellence.

Dr. Sun has authored a book, numerous academic articles, and a collection of poems. Her poems have been featured in numerous Chinese magazines.

Dr. Maryalice Mazzara

Director of Confucius Institute for Business

Ali Mazzara headshotDr. Mazzara has been involved with CIB since its founding in December 2010, first as its Deputy Director and since July 2013 as its Director. In her nearly ten years with SUNY she has held numerous positions, including that of Director of Academic Affairs for SUNY’s Levin Institute. In that role, she partnered with international universities to offer global programs. The partnerships included MGIMO of Russia and Concordia University of Canada. Prior to SUNY, Dr. Mazzara was the Director of Education for the Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization promoting cross-cultural learning through film. She was also the Education Attaché for the Government of Quebec in New York for two years and served as the Director of Education for a Title VI US Department of Education grant for The Harriman Institute at Columbia University for ten years. Her cross-cultural consulting work for corporations includes Samsung, UTC, and Conoco.

Dr. Mazzara also oversees JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Scholars Program with Binghamton and Stony Brook Universities and Geneseo College.

Dr. Mazzara is a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Xiaomeng Huang

Xiaomeng Huang headshotXiaomeng Huang is an international program coordinator at the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics. She received her master’s degree in Linguistics at Nanjing Normal University. Before joining NUFE, Ms. Huang worked for the Shanghai University of Engineering Science and taught Chinese to international students. She teaches Chinese Business Communications 101 and the Weekend Intensive.

Tingting Liu

Tingting Liu headshotTingting Liu is a lecturer for the Department of English at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (NUFE). Ms. Liu's academic interests include Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, ESL teaching and English for Specific Purposes. She joined NUFE after getting her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. Ms. Liu has coached many students to take part in public speaking and debating competitions at the provincial and national levels. She was honored as “the top 30 popular teachers of NUFE in 2010." Ms. Liu has published several academic journal articles on Applied Linguistics and Pragmatics and contributed to several textbooks.

Michael A. Zakkour

Principal, China/APAC Practice, Tompkins International

Michael Zakkour headshotMichael A. Zakkour is a Vice President at Tompkins International, a global business consulting firm, where he leads the China/APAC practice. He has more than sixteen years of international business experience, primarily in China and Asia, where he has assisted more than 300 public and private organizations from around the world with China operations, partnership, branding and go-to-market strategies and implementation. Mr. Zakkour is a sought after speaker and thought leader on a range of China issues, including China’s consumer and service sectors, branding and marketing, e-commerce, partnerships, investments, supply chain and manufacturing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Zakkour is the co-author of the book China’s Super Consumers: What 1 Billion Customers Want and How to Sell it to Them, John Wiley & Sons. He is a contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Beijing Review, writing about China business and consumption, and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, WWD and Crain's New York Business, and appears regularly on the BBC and other media outlets..

Mr. Zakkour is a special adviser for the Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY.

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