Laurie Pearcey is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at UNSW Sydney.
Laurie is responsible for delivering the global impact pillar of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy.
Prior to his appointment, Laurie served in a range of roles at UNSW and led the development of UNSW’s China and India Priority Country Strategies which resulted in a range of major outcomes including the establishment of the $1 billion Torch Innovation Precinct. Laurie has also served as the Executive Director of the International Office and the Director of the Confucius Institute at UNSW.
Laurie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council prior to joining UNSW. Appointed to the CEO role at just 25, he led the Council’s strategic engagement with the Chinese and Australian Governments and represented the collective interests of major industry stakeholders in the Sino-Australian trade and investment relationship.
A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Laurie is a respected commentator on the Chinese political economy, Australia's relationship with China and higher education issues contributing regularly to major media organisations including the ABC, Channel NewsAsia, Fairfax, News Limited, Xinhua News and the People's Daily.