Dr Xiaoling Liu

Dr Xiaoling Liu is a highly experienced company director with extensive senior executive management and operations expertise in the minerals sector.

Chancellor of QUT since January 2020, Dr Liu is a leader with a passion for technology and higher education.

Dr Liu holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Chongqing University and a PhD in Extractive Metallurgy from Imperial College London. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and was named as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018.

Her senior industry experience includes roles as Carbon Plant Manager of the Boyne Smelter in Gladstone, President of Rio Tinto Primary Metals Pacific in Brisbane, Managing Director of Technical Services for Rio Tinto Technology Group and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals in the USA.

Since returning to Australia from the United States in 2014, she has established a substantial reputation as a non-executive director, sitting on the boards of several ASX100 companies including South32, Newcrest Mining and Incitec Pivot.

Passionate about higher education, Dr Liu credits her enormously successful career to the foundations she built as an engineering researcher.  She has provided strong technical leadership – from grassroots research and development experiences to senior executive roles – and has a track record of championing innovation and technology.

Her unique industry experience across several continents provides her with a diverse and global perspective that aligns perfectly with the aspirations of many QUT students, graduates and staff.