Dr Jian Yang has been a National List MP since 2011, following a distinguished career in academia. He was previously a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Auckland and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the China Studies Centre at the New Zealand Asia Institute.
He was also Chair of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) from 2002 until 2011. The NZIIA is an independent, non-profit making organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.
Dr Yang completed his tertiary education in China before receiving his MA and PhD in International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU). He came to the University of Auckland in March 1999. As a regular commentator on international and domestic affairs for local Chinese media, Jian is well known and respected amongst the Chinese community in New Zealand.
Dr Yang is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary of Ethnic Communities, Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee, member of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee and Chair of the Parliamentary China Friendship Group.
Dr Yang co-founded the Oceania Silk Road Network in March 2017.