Hello, yes, of course! I have always worked in the energy sector. Throughout my career the focus of my work shifted more and more towards renewable energies, and sustainable solutions to combat climate change.
I followed the example of my father, who spent his entire career in the Chinese oil industry, studied chemical and mechanical engineering, and started my career working for one of the largest Chinese oil companies: Sinopec. After that, I took the position as project manager to supervise the construction of China’s first atmospheric refrigerant LPG terminal, located in Shenzhen – not much more than a small fishing village back in 1978, transitioned into a modern metropolis at that time. I stayed to manage the LPG marine operations for a while, however, I increasingly realized the environmental impacts of Shenzhen’s booming economic activities including this project, and this is what inspired me to go to Vancouver, Canada, to study Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.
It was the beginning of 17 years of living abroad, working for diverse organisations in different parts of the world, with the common objective to support sustainable energy transition. After graduation, I started to work as an energy and environmental consultant in Vancouver for seven years, primarily consulting the Canadian Federal Government. It was the disappointing Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, failing to deliver a global deal for deeper emission cuts, that motivated me to move to the United States, where I became a senior fellow and director of the China energy and climate program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with the aim to bridge the differences between climate policies of China and the USA – the world’s two biggest CO2 emitters.
In 2013, I changed positions and started working for the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, trying to make China become a member of the IEA. I made certain progress with this mission: In 2015, China was one of the first countries to become an IEA associated country, and in 2017 the IEA’s China Liaison Office was founded in Beijing. After my return to China five years ago, I first took a non-resident fellowship at Columbia University, before starting my affiliation with Agora Energiewende, establishing Agora’s China operations to promote the EU-China collaboration on energy transition and climate change.