Nan Zhou is Group Leader of the China Energy Group, Department Head of the International Energy Analysis Department and a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Zhou is also director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Center-Building Energy Efficiency program (CERC-BEE). She is an Advisory Board Member of the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre and APEC Sustainable Energy Center.  In 2017, she received an R&D Magazine R&D100 award and in 2016 was a finalist for C3E’s mid-career women’s leadership and achievement awards.

Dr. Zhou’s expertise includes energy and emission modeling, energy efficiency for buildings and appliances, and low carbon city development. Dr. Zhou has a PhD in Architecture. Prior to LBNL, she was an assistant professor in Japan. She has more than 220 publications.



Qi Ye is a leading expert on China’s environment policy and senior fellow and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing. His research focuses on China’s policies on climate change, environment, energy, natural resources and urbanization. His recent work examines low carbon development in China, including an annual report analyzing how China is balancing its economic growth and environmental challenges. Qi also headed up the design of China’s first low carbon development plan, for the city of Baoding in Hebei Province.

Qi received his doctorate in environmental science in 1994 from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and from Syracuse University in New York. A recipient of a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (1994) and National Science Foundation Fellowship (1995), Ye Qi studied agriculture, ecology and economics at Hebei Agricultural University, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Jiang LIN


Dr. Jiang Lin is the Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a Staff Scientist at its China Energy Group, and a Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a co-Director of the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change, a collaborative initiative between Berkeley Lab, the University of California-Berkeley, and Tsinghua University in China.

Dr. Lin's research is focused on energy and climate policy, energy and emissions pathways, electricity market and planning, low-carbon economics transition and appliance efficiency issues in China. Dr. Lin has a PhD in Demography from the University of California-Berkeley, an MS in Population Studies and BS from the Department of Cybernetics Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.



Kenneth Lieberthal is a senior fellow emeritus in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he served as director of the John L. Thornton China Center, and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, where he was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of Business Administration.  From 1998 through 2000, he served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council.

Lieberthal has authored, coauthored, and edited 24 books and monographs, and authored about 75 articles and chapters in books. His books and monographs, many of which are also available in Chinese editions, include, inter alia"China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives," contributing co-editor with Cheng Li and Yu Keping (Brookings Institution Press, 2014); "Addressing US-China Strategic Distrust," with Wang Jisi (Brookings China Center, 2012); and "Overcoming Obstacles to US-China Cooperation on Climate Change," with David Sandalow (Brookings China Center, 2009).  Lieberthal has a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, and a master’s and doctorate in political science from Columbia University.



Thomas Christensen is Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the China and the World Program at Columbia University.  He arrived in 2018 from Princeton University where he was William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War, Director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, and faculty director of the Masters of Public Policy Program and the Truman Scholars Program.  From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security.  His most recent book, The China Challenge:  Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (W.W. Norton) was an editors’ choice at the New York Times Book Review, a “Book of the Week” on CNN”s Fareed Zakaria GPS, and the Arthur Ross Book Award Silver Medalist for 2016 at the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Christensen received his B.A. with honors in History from Haverford College, M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

David Vance WAGNER


David Vance Wagner directs development for Energy Foundation China, and serves on Energy Foundation China’s management team for overall strategy and international engagement. 

Vance has worked on U.S.-China energy and environmental cooperation for over a decade. Before joining the Energy Foundation staff, he served as the China Counsellor in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, where he led U.S.-China dialogue and collaboration on climate change and clean energy. Prior to joining the State Department, Vance co-led the China program at the International Council on Clean Transportation and served as the first and only foreigner at China’s national vehicle emission policy research center under the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Vance earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.