Before joining Confucius Institute, Dr. Li Bailian was a professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and Co-Director of the North Carolina State University Industry Tree Improvement Program. Previously, he worked at the University of Minnesota for six years and has been at NC State since 1996.

Dr. Li has extensive international experience in research and collaborating with many foreign universities, research institutes and governmental agencies, in a variety of countries including Australia, Canada, China, Chile, Finland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, and Turkey. He has been active leader in several international professional organizations and served as adjunct professor at several foreign universities.