Wu Zhiliang was born in Guangdong Province in 1964. He studied Portuguese at Beijing Foreign Language University and went to Portugal for advanced studies, at the School of Literature at Lisbon University and the Law School of Portuguese Catholic University. He then received his Ph.D. in history from Nanjing University. In 1988 he joined the Macau Foundation and became a member of the Administrative Committee in 1992. He is now President of the Macau Foundation, Director of the Macau Center of Sciences and Arts, Chair of the Macau Adult Education Society and Public Administration Society, Professor at Macau University and Guangxi University, visiting Professor at Nanjing University and Jinan University.