US-China live discussion: profiles of our experts

Short biographies of our panelists for the live discussion on US-China

Session 1 (Tuesday 20th November, 8-9am ET)
Leadership and climate change

Martin Bunzl, Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society

Martin Bunzl is professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ, where he directed and founded the Rutgers Initiative in Climate and Social Policy from 2007 to 2011. Bunzl has published in journals such as Science, Climatic Change and Philosophy of Social Science on a variety of topics including the ethical considerations of geoengineering, and the tragedy of the commons. Currently, he is writing a book that lies at the intersection of climate change, ethics and philosophy of science. His website is:

Wang Tao, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Wang Tao is a resident scholar in the Energy and Climate Program based at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Linking the work of Carnegie’s programmes in Beijing and its global centres in Washington, Moscow, Beirut and Brussels, his research focuses on China’s climate and energy policy, with particular attention to international climate negotiation, coal and transportation. Prior to joining Carnegie, Wang was programme manager at WWF China, working in the Climate and Energy Program on scenario analysis, energy policy and climate change adaptation. From 2006 to 2009, he was a core researcher at the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Science and Technology Policy Research.

Ross Perlin, freelance writer

Ross Perlin is a writer and linguist based in New York. His writing on China, labour, and language has appeared in The New York Times,The Guardian, and The Washington Post, among other places. His first book,Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy, was published in 2011.

Lin Ji , Global Environmental Insitute (GEI)

Lin Ji is energy and climate change program officer at the Global Environmental Institute. Her projects at GEI have included the China – US Track II Dialogue on climate change policy, as well as work on low carbon planning at China’s provincial level, and environmental impacts of China’s overseas investment. Lin earned her MA degree from the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC with a specialisation in development economics and sustainable development.

Session 2 (Wednesday 21st November, 8-9am ET)
Clean tech policy and business & US-China cooperation

Paul Joffe, World Resources Institute 

Paul Joffe is Senior Foreign Policy Counsel at WRI where he works to help inform policymakers and stakeholders on international climate and energy law and policy issues. Examples include providing strategic advice and analysis for WRI’s China climate and energy information project (ChinaFAQs) and analysis on future options in climate change negotiations and the Climate Justice Dialogue.

Li Shuo, Greenpeace China

Li Shuo is a Climate & Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace China. He works on China’s energy policies with a specific focus on the wind and solar sectors. Li Shuo also monitors the development of China’s climate change legislation, the implementation of energy intensity targets and the discussion on implementing an overall energy cap. At the international level, Li Shuo tracks the UNFCCC negotiations. He has an international relations/international law background from Nanjing University and studied environmental policy at the American University, Washington DC. He is also a graduate of the Hopkins Nanjing Center.

Angel Hsu, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 

Angel Hsu is a doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and project manager of the 2012 Environmental Performance Index. Her research focuses on Chinese environmental performance measurement, governance, and policy. Prior to coming to Yale, she was at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non-profit environmental think tank in Washington, D.C., where she helped to develop corporate greenhouse gas reporting initiatives in developing countries and managed the GHG Protocol’s programs in China.

Yang Fuqiang, Natural Resources Defense Council

Dr Yang Fuqiang is an expert on climate change and energy. He has been involved in energy and environmental issues for more than three decades. Dr Yang was director of Global Climate Solutions, WWF International, from 2008 to 2010, and vice president of Energy Foundation and chief representative of Energy Foundation Beijing Office from 2000 to 2008. The EF China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) was dedicated to public policy development in China aimed at cost-effective carbon emissions reductions through the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Yang has previously worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on China’s energy and environmental issues.

Dale Wen, International Forum on Globalization

Dale Wen is China Scholar at the International Forum on Globalization (IFG). Originally from China, she received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology. Several of her papers regarding sustainable development and rural education have been presented in international conferences in China. Her primary interests are in environment, education and women’s issues. She also serves as an advisor for the Rural China Education Foundation.