ADVISORY BOARD

Nan ZHOU

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Dr. Zhou is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Dr. Zhou served as the Director (2012-2021) of the $100M presidential bilateral U.S.-China Clean Energy Center-Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program. She was also the Department Head of International Energy Analysis Department at LBNL until 2021, and the Leader of the China Energy Group (now China Energy Program). She received the 2017 R&D100 Award for the BEST City tool, 2020 R&D100 Award for the BETTER tool.  In addition, Dr. Zhou is a Lead Author of the chapter on Mitigation and Development Pathways of the recently-released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report on Mitigation of Climate Change. Dr. Zhou is currently the Technical Program Manager for the Net Zero World Action Center, an initiative launched by the U.S. government to work with countries to implement their climate ambition pledges and accelerate transitions to net zero, resilient, and inclusive energy systems. 

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

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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

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Dr. Jiang Lin is the Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a Staff Scientist at its Department of Electricity Market and Policy, and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Lin's research is focused on energy and climate policy, energy and emissions pathways with a focus on non-CO2 GHGs (methane, F-gas, etc.), electricity market and planning, low-carbon economic transition, and appliance efficiency issues in China. From 2016-2020, he was 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.

From 2007-2016, Dr. Lin was the Director of the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (2007-2013) and Senior Vice President for Strategy and Analysis (2014-2016). Dr. Lin managed the growth of Energy Foundation China into one of the largest international NGOs devoted to promoting clean energy and climate solutions in China. Before joining the Energy Foundation, Dr. Lin was previously at LBNL from 1994-2007, researching the Appliance Standards and China Energy Groups.

Dr. Lin has a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of California-Berkeley, an MS in Population Studies, and a BS from the Department of Cybernetics Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.

Kenneth LIEBERTHAL

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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

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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

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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.