Marco Polo Project would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following people and organisations.

Partner organisations

1webdesign, Melbourne

ANU, Canberra, Australia

Asialink, Melbourne, Australia

Danwei, Beijing, China

École normale supérieure, Paris, France

Engaging China Project, Sydney, Australia

Foundation for Young Australians, Melbourne, Australia

Hacking Chinese, Taipei, Taiwan

Hub Australia, Melbourne, Australia


Melbourne Writers Festival

The Wheeler Centre

York Butter Factory


We wish to thank the following people for their help and advice over the course of our project

Mrs. Houda Ayoub, Head of languages, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris

Professor Geremie Barme, director, Australian Centre on China in the world, ANU, Canberra

Dr Guosheng Chen, head of languages, RMIT, Melbourne

Mrs. Julia Fraser, associate director, Asialink, Melbourne

Dr Bao-Qiang Gao, Lecturer, Chinese, Latrobe University, Melbourne

Dr Leah Gerber, lecturer, translation, Monash University, Melbourne

Dr James Leibold, lecturer, Chinese studies, Latrobe University

Dr Lynne Li, Chinese lecturer, RMIT, Melbourne

Dr Brigid Maher, Lecturer, Italian Studies, Latrobe University, Melbourne

Mr. Marc Orlando, lecturer, translation, Monash University, Melbourne

Dr Magali Reghezza, Lecturer, School of Geography, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris

Community and cultural support and partnerships

Peter Baynard-Smith, director, Young People Without Borders Project, Foundation for Young Australians, Melbourne

Lisa Dempster, director, Writers Festival, Melbourne

Hsin-Yi Lo, NEMBC, Melbourne

Andrea Myles, Engaging China Project, Sydney

Jenny Niven, associate director, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne

Karen Pickering, coordinator, Cherchez la femme feminist salon, Melbourne

Juliette Salabert, director, Alliance Francaise de Tianjin, Tianjin

Philip Thiel, school liaison officer, Uniting Church of Australia, Melbourne

George Weyman, Senior Program Officer,, San Francisco

Media and publishing support

Jeremy Goldkorn, CEO,, Beijing

David Meulemans, CEO, Les Forges de Vulcain Pulblishing House, Paris

Anita Sethi, journalist, London

Government relationships

Joel Backwell, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Melbourne

Leah Bramhill, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Melbourne

Dr Wei Chaoyi, Chief Representative, Melbourne Tianjin Office, Tianjin

Jill Collins, cultural attaché, Australian embassy, Beijing

Nicolas Idier, cultural attaché, books, French embassy, Beijing

Craig Thomler, gov 2.0 advocate/Delib Australia, Canberra

Business, communications and financial development 

Scott Bradley-Pierce, the playroom, Sydney

George Galanis, TKM9, Melbourne

Alex Gibson, Digital lead, Foundation for Young Australians, Melbourne

Fergus Ryan, social media manager, omnicom group, Melbourne

James Saretta, partner, Ernst and Young

Melissa Smith, director of development, RMIT, Melbourne

Serge Soudoplatoff, Internet and digital entrepreneur, Paris/Melbourne


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