South-South and Global Cooperation

Liu Renfei

Areas of Expertise

Global and regional cooperation, international development financing, regional connectivity; strategic partnership with Chinese government, international organizations and financial institutions.   

Biography

Ms. Liu Renfei plays a key role in coordinating UNDP’s policy support for China on global and regional issues such as the Agenda 2030, G20, BRICS and Belt and Road Initiative. This includes initiating the UNDP Global Governance Initiative, which provides a platform of dialogue among top-level policy makers and practitioners from human-centered and sustainable development perspectives. She also leads the drafting team for the Global Governance Report. She has held various high-profile projects and conferences on development cooperation agendas, including the first-ever national consultations in China involving grassroots representatives as well as line ministries and agencies of the government. Recently she has been working as UNDP’s regional focal point on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Education and Past Experience

  • Masters in Diplomacy and Economics, Monash University, Australia
  • Diploma on Security Policy, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland  
  • Senior Governance Specialist for UNDP Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, coordinating a series of impactful international conferences including the Global Transformation Forum
  • Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Liu worked as a professional diplomat.

Niels Vestergaard Knudsen

UNDP-China-NielsPolicy Specialist, Team Leader of South-South Policy

Areas of expertise

South-South Cooperation and Policy, SSC and development policy, SSC and trilateral development cooperation, sustainable business practices.

Biography

Assistant Country Director and Team leader on South-South Cooperation, heading UNDP China’s engagement with the Chinese Government, Research institutions, Enterprises and the Private Sector, and CSOs on China’s SSC, particularly focusing on SSC and development policy, SSC and trilateral development cooperation, and sustainable business practices. This includes building up new partnerships where UNDP seeks to match a recipient country’s demand for technical solutions and experiences with Chinese know-how, technical solutions and policy recommendations, derived from experience of China’s domestic development process.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master of Arts (as well as BSc) in International Development Studies and History, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Program Management Specialist with UNDP Tanzania (2011-2014) as a Development Effectiveness advisor to Tanzania’s Ministry of Finance;
  • Policy Analyst with UNDP Tanzania (2008-2011) on Aid Coordination, managing Tanzania’s national aid coordination structures;  
  • Programme Officer with (NGO) DanChurchAid Zambia (2005-2007) as HIV/AIDS and institutional capacity building specialist;
  • International Medical Cooperation Committee (NGO) in Bolivia (2004-2005) on Primary Health Care provision in the country’s poorer southern provinces.

Mark van den Boogaard

UNDP-CH-Expert Bio- MarkSenior Policy Advisor Global Cooperation

Areas of Expertise 

South-South, North-south and trilateral cooperation; Facilitation of Multi-stakeholder Poverty Reduction Strategy Workshops; Institutional change management & learning 

Biography 

A development economist by training, over the past 25 years Mark has worked with The World Bank and UNDP at HQ and served with The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) both in The Hague and in the field. His passion lies with bringing about and facilitating experience and knowledge sharing, specifically between “parties and players” coming from different institutional backgrounds: north and south, international and bilateral, official or non-governmental. In joining UNDP-China’s South-South Global Cooperation Team he hopes to bring both his expertise and this passion to bear.  

Education and Past Experience

  • Before joining UNDP China early 2017, spent 4 years at the Netherlands embassy in Beijing working on energy, trade and development cooperation (2013-2017)
  • Prior to that, part of the UN’s Development Group operational secretariat in New York focusing on UN inter-agency cooperation (2009-2013)
  • Served at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs on multilateral assistance, aid effectiveness and change management desks. Long term field assignments in Tanzania, Bolivia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
  • Two 3-year stints at the World Bank, very early on as the advisor the Netherlands Executive Director at the Board (1994-1997), later as advisor/trainer at the World Bank Institute (2003-2005)

Zhang Yan

Areas of Expertise

China’s development experience-sharing in the areas of poverty reduction, social development, and sustainable development; South-South and Trilateral Cooperation project design; management and implementation.

Biography

Zhang Yan has extensive experience in project design, formulation, implementation and evaluation focusing on poverty reduction, social development, regional cooperation and south-south and trilateral cooperation between China and other developing countries. She has led the UNDP initiatives to support sharing of China’s development experience with developing countries in Asia and African regions. Support is provided in the form of training, joint comparative applied policy studies, exchange missions, and field work in other developing countries. Her work also involves engaging with think tanks and private sector organisations to provide support to initiatives which aim to leverage China’s experience on industrial development for Africa’s structural transformation and sustainable development.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master of Business Administration, Renmin University, China
  • Prior to joining UNDP, she worked for the World Food Programme in donor relations

Christine Han

Areas of Expertise 

South-South cooperation, global development cooperation, China’s development cooperation policy and institutional structure, China-Africa relationship

Biography 

Ms. Christine Han is Researcher for the South-South Policy Team of the United Nations Development Programme in China. She manages the policy research portfolio on China’s development cooperation policy, and is responsible for outsourcing research projects and conducting joint projects with Chinese institutions. Ms. Han engages with key government-affiliated think tanks, universities and research institutions to produce evidence-based policy recommendations to the Chinese government. With substantial knowledge and expertise on China’s development cooperation with developing countries, and field experience in Africa, she has substantive insights into the current challenges and opportunities regarding China’s development cooperation. Her French language skills, social sciences background and multi-cultural experiences help her to act as the bridge between China and the rest of the international development community.

Education and Past Experience 

  • MA in Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Exchange at University Paris Diderot, France
  • BA in French Language and Literature, Wuhan University, China
  • Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Han worked at the International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France
  • International Training Center (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy,
  • MoenGlobal Advisers, a consulting firm in Canada. 

Wang Yalin

Areas of Expertise

Corporate Social Responsibility; Strategic partnership with public and private sectors; Sustainable development of enterprises

Biography 

Ms. Wang Yalin is Project Manager for the Sustainable Business Abroad team. Since she joined UNDP China in 2006, she has been committed to Corporate Social Responsibility projects, helping facilitate cooperation between UNDP and Chinese enterprises. She is also active in promoting international standards and principles, including sustainable development, to the Chinese business community.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master’s degrees in Business Administration,  University of Sheffield
  • Bachelor degree from Sichuan International Studies University
  • Before joining UNDP, she served in a range of roles at big multinational corporations.

Yuan Zheng

UNDP-CH-Zheng-Yuan

Area of Expertise

Development finance; Poverty alleviation and inclusive growth; Belt and Road Initiative; Impact evaluation

Biography

Ms. Yuan Zheng is the National Economist at UNDP China. She conducts extensive policy analyses on social-economic and environmental issues in China and abroad, including poverty reduction and inclusive growth. She leads research projects on development finance that contains e.g., a study on reviewing the financial landscape for poverty reduction in China and climate public expenditure review. She also specializes in researching the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), especially regarding its linkages to sustainable development. Moreover, she takes overall charge of methodology development for impact assessment, including e.g., monitoring and evaluation framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and impact study of the BRI.

Education and Past Experience

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Joint-double MSc. in Forestry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University of Gottingen, Germany 

Lou Ya

Areas of Expertise

Government Relations, South South Cooperation, Trilateral Cooperation, Project Management, Translation & Interpretation

Biography

Ms. Lou Ya joined UNDP China in 2012. She is currently the focal point for contact with the Ministry of Commerce, UNDP’s major government counterpart and window agency. She works primarily on trilateral cooperation, contributing to project formulation, implementation and M&E. She also provides interpretation for high-level visits and conducts quality control on translations of the office’s knowledge products on South South/trilateral cooperation. Prior to joining UNDP, she worked with the Dutch Embassy and the Canadian International Development Agency in Beijing, with a focus on the Rule of Law and Ethnic Minority Rights portfolio.

Education and Past Experience 

  • Human Rights Master Programme, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Lund University, Sweden) and the Law School of Peking University
  • School of International Studies, Peking University, Beijing (Bachelor & Master)
  • Partnership Manager, UNDP China.
  • Associate Programme Officer, UNDP China.
  • Development Officer, Development Cooperation Section, Embassy of Canada in Beijing (CIDA).
  • Officer, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing. 

Zheng Junzhu

UNDP-China-Zheng-JunzhuProgramme Coordination Officer of Sustainable Business Abroad team

Areas of Expertise

Project management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic partnerships

Biography 

Ms. Zheng Junzhu has been working as Programme Coordination Officer for the Sustainable Business Abroad team since 2016. Under supervision of the project manager, she is responsible for project management and communication with partners from the public and private sector. Projects under her management mainly focus on CSR and sustainable development of enterprises. With previous educational background in public management and internship experience in the public sector, she is confident and committed to exploring more partnerships in the future.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master’s degree in Public Management,  London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Bachelors’ degree in Public Administration, Renmin University of China 

Xu Jiayi

UNDP-CH-JiayiProgramme Assistant, Sustainable Business Abroad team

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Safeguard

Biography

Xu Jiayi currently works as Programme Assistant in the Sustainable Business Abroad team at UNDP China, focusing on engaging the private sector to achieve greater social impact. The Sustainable Business Abroad team collaborates with business partners, government agencies, civil society and all stakeholders to generate problem-oriented solutions for development challenges. With a background in social development, Jiayi firmly believes that sustainable and responsible business conducted through collective approaches can drive positive change for development, towards real benefits and opportunities.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master of Science in Social Development Practice, University College London
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of Bristol
  • Before joining UNDP, she held a short-term position at World Bank Nepal office, working on social safeguards for various projects. 

Yating Zhao

UNDP-CH-Yating-ZhaoKnowledge Management Coordinator, South-South Policy team

Areas of Expertise

Monitoring and Evaluation, development effectiveness, south-south cooperation, project management.

Biography

Ms. Zhao Yating works in the South-South Policy Team as the team’s knowledge management focal point, and provides Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) support to the team’s trilateral portfolio. She works with the projects in formulation, evaluation and other relevant knowledge management activities and contributes to South-South development cooperation effectiveness by managing research projects on SSC M&E frameworks. Yating also supports projects by maintaining relevance to the policy dialogue on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Prior to her current position, she was the M&E officer of UNDP China office, leading the M&E unit and responsible for compliance and quality assurance in programme planning, monitoring and reporting.

Education and Past Experience

  • Master of Public Administration in International Development, New York University
  • Bachelor of Law in Sociology; and Bachelor of Arts in French Literature, Peking University
  • Before joining UNDP, she was M&E officer of UNDP China office
  • She has also worked in think-tanks and international NGOs

Ma Jun

Area of Expertise

International Development Cooperation, Global Governance, Regional/sub-regional Cooperation.

Biography 

Ms. Ma Jun currently works for The Global and Regional Cooperation Team of UNDP China, supporting China’s better engagement on global governance and regional cooperation. Her portfolio includes The One Belt One Road Initiative, G20, APEC and other regional/sub-regional cooperation projects. Her work includes engaging with the line ministries of Chinese government, international and national think tanks, and civil society. She oversees effective implementation of the programme and policy work of UNDP, provides relevant expertise and support and contributes to global and regional cooperation projects. Her recent priorities include supporting implementation of the One Belt One Road MOU between UNDP and China, along the Belt and Road countries and through UNDP headquarters and countries offices.

Education and Past Experience 

  • Master of Law in International Law, China Foreign Affairs University
  • Bachelor of Law in Diplomacy, China Foreign Affairs University
  • Amway Fellow of Public Administration, Harvard University
  • Before joining UNDP, she worked in China Development Research Foundation, Development Research Center of the State Council, PRC

Wang Dong

UNDP-CH-wangdong

Area of Expertise

Human Development, Equity and Social Inclusion, Green Development, Urban Planning

Biography 

Mr. Wang Dong leads UNDP China’s work on National Human Development Report. He led the formulation and research of recent two China National Human Development Reports (NHDR),  2016 edition on Social Innovation for Inclusiveness and 2013 edition on Sustainable and Liveable Cities, and also co-led 2010 and 2008 NHDRs. His work on human development includes conceptual research, thematic policy research, Human Development Index, and advocacy.

Besides human development, he also overseeing research & project related to green development and green growth, from policy research on green buildings and green transportation at national level, to supporting local strategy and planning towards greener development pathway.

Education and Past Experience 

  • Master of Sciences in Economics and Finance, University of Leicester, UK
  • Experience in education promotion and education intellectual property prior joining UNDP

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