Poverty, Equity and Governance

Gu Qing

UNDP-China-Gu-Qing

Areas of Expertise

Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, Big Data for Development, Governance, Rule of Law, Philanthropy, Civil Society Development, Public Administration, Gender and Youth.

Biography

Ms. Gu Qing supervises UNDP’s Poverty, Equity and Governance (PEG) programme , which supports China’s development in poverty alleviation, governance, public administration reform, rule of law, civil society and equitable development of the marginalized, such as ethnic minorities, women and the disabled. Her work engages the Chinese government, think tanks, civil society, and the private sector. She has effectively implemented the programme and policy work of UNDP, provided relevant expertise and contributed to the UNDP’s overall repositioning in China. Her recent priorities are to support the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in China through local governance, social innovation and inclusive partnerships.

Education and Past Experience

  • Graduate of Leadership Development Pathway by UNDP, Harvard Business Publishing
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law of Stanford University.
  • MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford, UK
  • Diploma for American Jurisprudence, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Bachelor of Law, Peking University, China
  • Bachelor of Arts, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

Li Ming

UNDP-CH-Li-Ming

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable Development Goals, Development solutions, Project design, implementation and evaluation, Capacity building, Public-private partnership, Climate change mitigation, Renewable energy solutions, research and policy advice, international technology transfer facilitation

Biography

Li Ming manages the SDGs Localization portfolio at UNDP, organizing and participating in training and capacity building, providing SDGs consultation to help solve specific development challenges, and promoting stakeholder cooperation in SDGs implementation. Together with other colleagues across teams, he produced the first knowledge product combining the SDGs and China’s conditions (the SDGs MOOC), and is promoting the SDGs Seal to certify the achievements and progress of government entities and other organizations in advancing sustainable development. He has been working on designing and implementing development solutions on the ground as well as research and policy advice to decision makers for more than 10 years. With the hands on field experience, he also has been working with policy makers and leaders from NDRC, MOST, MOA ,and MEP, on evaluating the effectiveness of existing policies and formulating new policies. 

Education and Past Experience

  • Master in Environmental Law, Tsinghua University;
  • Ming started his career working with leaders from both US and China on Climate change policy, legislations and cooperation projects in Washington DC
  • Prior to joining UNDP, he worked in international organizations supervising multiple programs and operations.
  • He has led and implemented multiple development projects covering 102 counties in 17 provinces in China.

Li Liping

UNDP-CH-Liping

Area of Expertise

Poverty, Women’s empowerment, Public Administration

Biography 

Ms. Li Liping has over 10 years working experiences in managing programmes in social development area. The programmes she manages mainly focus on sustainable social-economic development in less developed regions, by strengthening the governance capacity of public service units, promotion of culture-based and eco-friendly tourism, and protection and utilization of cultural resources for the economic empowerment of women in ethnic minority areas. She has extensive experience in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Close communication and relations with Chinese line ministries, local government and NGOs are well maintained.

Education and Past Experience 

  • Master of Arts, International Politics, Beijing Normal University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Anhui University 

James Yang

Areas of Expertise

LGBTI in Asia, Regional and National Level Advocacy, Education and Community Service

Biography

As National SOGI Programme Analyst with UNDP in China, James will help to phase II of UNDP China’s regional project “Being LGBTI in Asia”. James will work closely with LGBTI civil society organizations and engaging national and regional institutions to advocate for LGBTI protective laws and policies, and empower civil society leaders in China. During two years with the LGBT Center, he successfully planned and executed a number of high-profile fundraising events and initiatives. He raised a significant portion of the Center’s budget by developing and working with a variety of corporate and public organizations as supporters and project sponsors of the LGBT Center’s operations and programs. James has also worked with a variety of prominent international organizations such as Ford Foundation, OSI, Asia Catalyst, and the foreign diplomatic missions on a variety of advocacy and service programs.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master’s in Business Administration, National University in California
  • Master’s in International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California San Diego.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California for a number of years before returning to his hometown of Beijing in late 2012.
  • Extensive experience working with local Chinese LGBTI organizations.
  • Prior to joining UNDP, James worked as Development Officer for Beijing LGBT Center, a grass-roots civil society organization dedicated to LGBTI rights advocacy, education and community services in China.

Zeng Meng

UNDP-CH-Zeng-MengNational Consultant

Areas of Expertise

Monitoring and Evaluation, Financial Management, Community-based Sustainable Development, big data for poverty alleviation and development, inclusive finance, green development program designing and management.

Biography

Ms. Zeng Meng currently works for UNDP China as a National Consultant, responsible for managing Big Data for poverty and inclusive finance. She is the first author for the first big data report issued by UNDP China in October 2016 “the Living Standards Dimension of the Human Development Index: Measuring Poverty with Big Data in China”. She has solid foundation and hands-on experience in overall program management, including program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, particularly in community-based sustainable development in China and other countries.

Education and Past Experience

  • M.A Degree in Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University.
  • She has enhanced her knowledge in social policy analysis through her doctoral level study at Boston University.

Haoran Zheng

UNDP-CH-Haoran-Zhang

Areas of expertise

Youth outreach, Youth empowerment and leadership, capacity building for youth on social and economic participation, youth program management, diversity and inclusion

Biography

Haoran Zheng works under the Rule of Law and Governance portfolio at the United Nations Development Programme, particularly focusing on Youth development and Youth for development issues in China. Ms. Haoran initiated and organized the UNDP “Youth Solution Trip” that aims to engage youth in social development and empower them as leaders and partners for social challenges solving. Her work is also to establish and strengthen networks and partnerships with the young generations, due to their huge potential to respond positively to life challenges and act as positive agents for transformational change. Haoran lived and studied in the United States for seven years. Passionate about humanitarian assistance and international development issues, she has been to many countries including Bolivia, Cuba, Tanzania and Thailand to conduct in-depth interviews and research.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master of Science in Global Affairs, New York University
  • Bachelor of Art in Broadcast Journalism, University of South Carolina
  • Together with UNHCR in Tanzania, she has helped in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp for Burundi and DRC refugees.
  • Before joining the UN, she worked in the Ministry of Culture of China and the China Central Television (CCTV) and other media. 

Shuwen Zhou

UNDP-CH-Shuwen-Zhou

Area of Expertise                                 

Public participation in urban planning, urban poverty, social inequality, urban governance, big data for urbanisation and women empowerment in ethnic minority areas             

Biography

Shuwen Zhou manages projects covering urbanisation and women development in ethnic minority areas at UNDP. She started her career as a project officer for gender and rural community development in a Chinese aid agency. Later, she joined think tanks in Hangzhou, China and Tokyo, Japan. She has also led consulting projects for urban development, and research on social inequality in the process of urbanisation. The topics of these assignments cover participatory approaches in urban planning and management, gender and urban planning, transport and social exclusion, health inequality in urban area, and food safety. Her last independent work ‘Formalisation of fresh food markets in China’ has been selected as one book chapter in the report Integrating Food into Urban Planning (forthcoming), by the FAO. At UNDP, she is devoting herself to the use of big data for development issues in urban areas, and promoting public participation in decision making in the digital era.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Master of Science in Urban Development Planning, University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom
  • Before joining UNDP, she worked in NGOs and think tanks, and was also involved as a consultant in several community-led slum upgrading projects in Bangkok and Manila, funded by UN Habitat and the World Bank.

Enhui Shen

UNDP-CH-Enhui

Areas of Expertise

Governance, Rule of Law, Legislation, Gender Equality, Rights of Marginalized Groups, Women’s Empowerment

Biography

Ms. Shen Enhui is a lawyer trained in China, Germany and UK. She works as Programme Coordinator in the areas of Rule of Law, Gender Equality and Rights of Marginalized Groups, with the Poverty, Equity and Governance (PEG) unit, and is also Gender Focal for UNDP China. Ms. Shen initiated and manages the UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme in China with different stakeholders to assist enterprises to set up standardized internal and external policies  on gender equality; she also initiated and implemented a joint-report on “ICT for Justice” cooperating with the Supreme People’s Court of China. Her current priorities also includes conducting UNDP office-wide gender equality assessments and drafting Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan for the UNDP China Office. 

Education and Past Experience

  • Magister Legum (Master of Law) in International Law, Free University of Berlin
  • Doctoral Level Study at the Hague Academy of Public International Law and Xiamen Academy of International Law
  • PhD Candidate on Public International Law at the Free University of Berlin
  • Extensive experience working with both Chinese and Germen governmental institutions such as: the Legislative Affairs Bureau of the State Council, the Legislative Affairs Committee of the People’s Congress, Ministry of Justice of China, German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Lawyers Association in China and Germany etc.
  • Prior to joining UNDP, Enhui Shen worked as Legal Advisor and Key-Account Manager for Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and WilmerHale’s London Office for International Arbitration.  

Rui Wang

Areas of Expertise

Internet Philanthropy, Philanthropy for Sustainable Development Goals, Big data and innovation in Philanthropy, Philanthropy and Civil Society

Biography

Rui Wang currently works for UNDP China as a National Consultant, managing the Philanthropy & Civil Society portfolio. Her work engages the government, charitable organizations, institutes and the private sector to research, advocate and advise on China's philanthropic sector. Rui is the author of “Internet Philanthropy in China”, issued by UNDP China in November 2016, and “Capacity Building for CSOs in China” under partnership with CSPSR (China Research Society for Public Sector Reform), published in December 2016. Her recent priorities include promoting, localising and mapping China's Philanthropic sector under the SDGs, identifying big data and innovation initiatives in Philanthropy and advising on China Charity Law and INGO law implementations.

Education and Past Experience

  • MBA, ESSEC (École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales)
  • Prior to joining UNDP, she started her career in consulting firm; later she discovered her passion for the development field and extended her experience in foundations overlooking various programs and operations.

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