China Matters Team

China Matters Ltd
ABN 19601328018
China Matters is registered as a charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

China Matters is an independent organisation that strives to advance sound China policy. We are unique in Australia. We engage business executives, public servants, politicians, and university leaders about challenging policy choices in the Australia-China relationship. We generate public debate about Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China, which aims to inject nuance and realism into discussions. On the basis of solid China expertise and Chinese-language sources, we research problematic policy issues with the goal of formulating recommendations and providing analysis on how these policy challenges are viewed in Beijing.

China Matters does not have an institutional view.


  • Jeremy Stevens - CFO/COO

    Jeremy Stevens


    Jeremy Stevens is CFO/COO at China Matters. Mr Stevens has 12 years’ experience in Banking and Finance, including four years as a senior treasury and risk management advisor at two local Chinese banks. His research interests include the global impact of China’s growing economic power and developments in international financial and security organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of International Relations from the University of Sydney.

  • Mara Gonzales - Communications and Events Manager

    Mara Gonzales

    Communications and Events Manager

    Mara Gonzales is Communications and Events Manager at China Matters. Ms Gonzales held strategic marketing roles in banking, university and not-for-profit sectors in the last 12 years including six years of project and event management at the United States Studies Centre. She holds a Master of Project Management from the University of Sydney, Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

  • Ciara Morris - Policy Officer

    Ciara Morris

    Policy Officer

    Ciara Morris is a Policy Officer at China Matters. Prior to starting with China Matters, Ciara was a Government Affairs and Policy Research Intern with APCO Worldwide in Beijing. She has ten years of experience working with not-for-profit organisations including UN Youth Australia, the Australia-China Youth Association, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Ciara has an International Master of Public Administration from the School of Government at Peking University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) in Government and International Relations and Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney. Ciara is a Mandarin speaker. Her main areas of interest are PRC geopolitical ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region and Australian foreign policy responses.

  • Susan Chen - Intern

    Susan Chen


    Susan is studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws with a major in finance at the University of Sydney. She speaks and reads Chinese and English fluently, and is currently a Careers and Sponsorships Officer at the Australia-China Youth Association. In 2019, Susan undertook a political science study exchange with the United States Studies Centre at the University of California in Washington D.C. which helped her form a deep interest in international relations and public policy. Simultaneously she also interned on Thinktank Row at the Asia Foundation sparking her interest in trans-national foreign relations, particularly in the China sphere. She has also interned at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Hong Kong.