Managerial Staff Profiles


Ms Julia GONG


Julia Gong obtained her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne in 2003. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2007 as a lecturer at the Confucius Institute and later held the position of Manager of Academic and Business Programs for two years. She developed the syllabus for the business Chinese language programs and was one of the designers and instructors for the Institute's Corporate Cross-cultural Training Program. She has delivered tailored in-house training sessions for clients from a variety of industries, including tourism, professional services, government, retail etc. Julia's negotiation skills, strong communication skills and her extensive contacts both in China and Australia make her an expert in partnership establishment and development across cultures.


Ms Clarissa BELANTI

Manager, External Relations & Projects

Graduating in a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Diploma of Languages (majoring in Chinese Interpreting) at RMIT University, Clarissa is a renowned cultural ambassador and a fluent Mandarin speaker. She has worked and studied in China for over seven years. At the Confucius Institute, she promotes a greater understanding of China, develops and delivers cultural intelligence courses for different industries, and manages stakeholder and client relations. While managing her own English studio in Nanjing, China, and teaching ESL at the 'Affiliated Experiment School of Nanjing Normal University', Clarissa gained vast experience in cross-cultural education. She has received many awards for her language achievements, including first prize at the '11th Chinese Bridge Chinese Speaking Competition'. She was President of the Australia China Youth Association in 2015 and has regularly organised and participated in events and activities in the Chinese community. Clarissa has developed a passion for the Australia-China relationship, and a deep understanding of the cultural, political, and economic ties that exist between the two countries.


Ms Linlin LU

Manager, Language Programs

Linlin has undertaken extensive studies in education at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Master of TESOL and later, a Master of Education. Linlin has been teaching Chinese for more than ten years in Victoria, becoming familiar with the curriculum and assessment frameworks in use and gaining experience working alongside Australian teachers in the education of both school children and adult learners. She has also been involved in a variety of Chinese teacher education projects at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Linlin started work at CI as a Chinese language teacher in 2012. Since 2017, she has been responsible for supporting the administration of CI activities, including language courses, business and executive programs, and school cultural programs. Linlin achieved 92.1% in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test and is a NAATI Accredited Professional Translator.