Born and brought up in China, Liming Wang worked for six and a half years (as a Deputy Division Director from 1986) for the Ministry of Commerce of PR China in Beijing following his primary degree obtained in 1982. In 1989, he completed an International MBA course in Sheffield Hallam University as a visiting student. He was subsequently awarded a visiting studentship from Queen’s University Belfast and, after completing his PhD in Economics, became a teaching and research fellow at Queen’s in 1995. From 2000, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the China Unit, which is primarily involved in managing the expansion and development of Queen’s links with China in teaching, research and joint programmes.
Professor Wang was appointed as Director at the beginning of 2006 to establish and run the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD. He was also appointed as Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
Outside of UCD, Professor Wang is the Chairman of the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland, the Secretary General of the Chinese Economic Association in Europe, a Board Director of the Institute of International Trade of Ireland (since 2010) and Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd (2011-2014). He has been a Visiting Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (2002-2004), Anhui Normal University since 2003, a Haiju Chair Professor at Beijing University of Technology as well as a Distinguished Foreign Expert appointed by the Beijing Municipal Government since 2013 and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of the P.R. China since 2017. He has also been a member of International Editorial Board (since 2003) and Co-Editor (since 2014) for the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.