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, Ms Morris was a Government Affairs and Policy Research Intern with APCO Worldwide 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. Ms Morris is in her final year of an International Master of Public Administration with the School of Government at Peking University. She has 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 area of interest is PRC geopolitical ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region and Australian foreign policy responses.

  • Victor Ruifeng Liang - Intern

    Victor Ruifeng Liang


    Victor is a third-year student at the University of Sydney, majoring in Politics and International Relations. As a native speaker of both English and Chinese born and raised in Australia, he has a deep understanding of the cultural backgrounds, and their reflection within the contemporary world and society. He is a member of the University of Sydney’s 2021 Student Representative Council, and has completed an internship at the Journal of Chinese Tax and Policy and work experience at the Royal Australian Historical Society.

  • Jane Zhang - Intern

    Jane Zhang


    Jane is in her fourth year of study at the University of Sydney majoring in International Global Studies and Finance. Having grown up across both China and Australia, Jane’s bilingual background and cross-cultural experience living, studying, and working in both countries mean she has developed strong cultural intelligence and insights into Australia-China relations. Jane has also interned at Sino-foreign corporations operating in Shanghai and worked on an Industry and Community project with EY on leveraging Australian winery brands in emerging Chinese markets. Besides her bilingual skills in Chinese and English, she is also studying Japanese as a language minor and has been on exchange to the University of Korea in 2020.