Laurie Pearcey

Laurie Pearcey is Chief Executive Officer of UNSW Global Pty Ltd and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at UNSW Sydney.

Laurie is responsible for international student recruitment, developing pathways education and advancing global business development.

Laurie was appointed as CEO of UNSW Global on 1 July 2019. Laurie’s priorities as CEO include expanding UNSW’s transnational education activity globally, building transformative partnerships internationally, and continuing UNSW Global’s reputation as a leader of high-quality pathway programs by providing a world-class student experience.

He also holds the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at UNSW and was appointed to the role of at the age of 33, making him one of the youngest university leaders internationally. 

Prior to his appointment, Laurie was Executive Director International and led the development of UNSW’s China and India Strategies with several significant outcomes, including the establishment of the Torch Innovation Precinct. 

Laurie is a Board Member of the Australia India Institute, and a Member of the Group of Eight’s International Strategy Group, Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute at UNSW and an Executive Committee Member of the Universities Alliance of the Silk Road.

Prior to joining UNSW, Laurie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council. 

Laurie is a fluent Mandarin speaker, a proud UNSW alumnus and a Scholar of the Order of Australia Association Foundation and was a Visiting Fellow in Asian History at the Australian National University. He is a volunteer at the Wayside Chapel in Sydney and is learning Hindi.