Professor Ian Baxter
Ian Baxter originally trained as an archaeologist at Edinburgh University, and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge investigating strategic management within heritage and conservation organisations. He has worked for a number of Universities, including the University of Cambridge as Director of Public & Professional Programmes, Bournemouth University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of Suffolk where he was Head of Suffolk Business School from 2012-2015 and continuing part-time as a Professor of Historic Environment Management. At Heriot-Watt University he is the Director of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication, and splits his time between Edinburgh and Cambridge. He teaches on Heriot-Watt’s MSc Tourism & Heritage Management, as a member of the School of Social Sciences, and is closely involved in the development of the University’s international strategy in relation to China.
He is Vice Chair of the Built Environment Forum Scotland – the national representative body for heritage NGOs in Scotland, and former board member of The Heritage Alliance. He is also a member of a number of professional committees, including the Institute for Historic Building Conservation’s Education, Training & Standards Committee, and has previously served on the National Trust for Scotland’s Economic & Community Development Advisory Panel and English Heritage’s Research Advisory Panel.
Day-to-day he leads on the business engagement activities for the Confucius Institute, and is overseeing the development of a specific activity stream with businesses and organisations working in the tourism and heritage sector in Scotland and wider UK.
Heriot-Watt University profile: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/ian-winston-frederick-baxter
Professor Ping ZHANG
Chinese Co-Director of SCIBC
Position at TUFE: Doctoral Advisor, Professor (Public Finance), School of Public Finance and Administration, Tianjin University of Finance &Economics
Public Financial Administration of Local Governments, Public Debt, Private and Public Partnership
Ping Zhang is Professor and Doctoral Advisor of Public Finance at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics and Co-director of Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication at Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on public financial administration of local governments, especially risk management of public debt. She has been awarded two research projects supported by National Social Science Foundation of China which is the top official fund in China. She used to be a visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA. She is the author of Empirical Assessment and Governance Path on the Debt Risk of Investment and Financing Platforms of Chinese Subnational Governments (Tianjin People Press), Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Western Public Financial Actuality and Mechanism (Tianjin People Press). She is elected as High-level Innovative Talents by Tianjin Government. She has published more than 45 academic papers, and many of her work are cited by China Social Science Citation Index. She has been invited as a lecture presenter by many well-known international conferences, such as 32ND Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (Lisbon, Portugal, 2017), the G200 Youth Forum (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 2016), Asian Conference of Finance and Economics (Singapore, 2015).
Dr Isabel Hui Liu
Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication
Isabel Hui Liu received her MSc from Beijing Foreign Studies University in Simultaneous Conference Interpreting. She was awarded a PhD scholarship to study at Heriot-Watt University in Interpreting studies. She was appointed as the First Minister’s official interpreter and his Chinese advisor in 2007. She has accompanied the First Minister for his four official visits to China. As the Scottish Government interpreter, she has covered a wide range of ministerial level dialogues between China and Scotland including Chinese Prime Minister and vice Prime Minister’s official visits. She widely involved in work that promotes the relationship between China and Scotland and the Scotland’s China strategy for China.
Upon her PhD graduation, she started working as the International Policy officer at Universities Scotland to promote the internationalization of the Scottish universities as a whole. In 2011, she returned to Heriot-Watt University to lecture in Conference Interpreting, to develop new Chinese related courses and build international partnerships. She started to work on the Confucius Institute application for Heriot-Watt University in 2012 and was appointed as the deputy Director of Confucius Institute when the application was approved by Hanban in Nov 2013.
Isabel leads on operational planning and delivery of language training by the Institute.