Meet Our Team

ICLEI East Asia consists team members with good command of English, Mandarin and Korean,
and equipped with knowledge on urban sustainability.

Shu Zhu Regional Director & China Representative
Shu Zhu
Regional Director & China Representative

Shu has extensive experience in sustainable development and regional cooperation. Previously, he held a leadership position at the UNDP Secretariat for Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), an intergovernmental economic cooperation mechanism between China, Mongolia, Korea, and Russian Federation. He was also a journalist and editor at People’s Daily and a senior manager at Telstra.

Areas of Expertise / Regional economic cooperation; sustainable development; media and communications

Languages / Chinese; English

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann Senior Advisor and Founding Director
Konrad Otto-Zimmermann
Senior Advisor and Founding Director

Konrad is the former Secretary-General of ICLEI (2002-2012) and has guided the development and implementation of ICLEI’s 8 agendas globally. Prior to this, he held leading positions at the ICLEI European Secretariat, the Federal Environmental Agency (Berlin), and the “Black Forest” Environmental Management Project.

Areas of Expertise / Urban sustainability and resilience; ecological building; EcoMobility; international organizations management

Languages / German; English

Xuan Xie Program Officer
Xuan Xie
Program Officer

Xuan has gained work experience from diverse sectors in East Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He started his career at UNESCO. He was a sponsored trainee on Man and Biosphere (MaB) Program at UNESCO Montevideo, where he worked on biodiversity conservation, resilience building, and climate change adaptation. He also did internships at UNIDO, Carbon Trust, and Swerock.


Areas of Expertise / Regional cooperation; sustainable development; policy research


Languages / Chinese; English

Siqiao Yuan Program Manager
Siqiao Yuan
Program Manager

Siqiao oversees and develops low-carbon, circular economy and urban development projects at ICLEI EAS. She also contributes to organization’s membership development and partnership building. Previously, she accumulated experience in international cooperation in a local government in East China and gained project management expertise in foreign institutions in Beijing.


Areas of Expertise / International development cooperation, policy and governance, project management 


Language / Chinese, English, German



Ge Liu Strategy Manager
Ge Liu
Strategy Manager

Ge oversees the Secretariat’s strategic planning aligned with ICLEI’s global strategy. She is responsible for developing partnerships and identifying new opportunities and resources for ICLEI’s development in East Asia. Ge has been deeply engaged in ICLEI’s development in China, including the establishment of the Beijing Office. Before joining ICLEI, Ge accumulated extensive experience working in international organizations and research institutes.


Areas of Expertise / East Asia regional cooperation; external relations and partnership building; strategy development; sustainable development


Languages / Chinese; English; Korean

Xiaoqian Zhou Communications and Knowledge Management Officer
Xiaoqian Zhou
Communications and Knowledge Management Officer

Xiaoqian is responsible for the overall corporate communications and knowledge management at ICLEI East Asia. She leads ICLEI East Asia’s general external communications and brandings. Working closely with the Communications Teams at the ICLEI World Secretariat and country offices in the East Asia region, she makes joint efforts to promote regional and global advocacy. Before joining the ICLEI East Asia, Xiaoqian was a project coordinator and event organizer with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) China Program. And she also conducted two internships in communication and graphic design with UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office in Bangkok in 2018 and with UNDP/CADRi Partnership in Geneva 2019-2020.


Areas of Expertise / communication; graphic design; knowledge management


Languages / Chinese; English; French

Kyoungeun LEE Program Intern
Kyoungeun LEE
Program Intern

Kyoungeun joined as an intern at ICLEI EAS. She majored in political science for a bachelor’s degree in Japan, focusing on politics and the economy of East Asia. She completed the GELP (Global Environmental Leaders Program) organized by the Korean Ministry of Environment.


Areas of Expertise / Political Science, sustainable development of East Asia regions, environmental cooperation


Language / Korean, Japanese, English

Hyemin Lee Financial Officer
Hyemin Lee
Financial Officer

Hyemin is a secondee dispatched from the Seoul Metropolitan Government and is responsible for the financial management of ICLEI East Asia. Before joining ICLEI, Hyemin has worked at the SMG Environment Department.


Areas of Expertise / Budget; Accounting


Language / Korean, English

Hyeji Jung Program Officer - Operations
Hyeji Jung
Program Officer - Operations

Hyeji gained experience in ODA. She was a culinary education volunteer in technical college and later an administrative coordinator and project consultant at the KOICA Sri Lanka office, where she gained her interest in urban sustainability.


Area of Expertise / International development; administration

Languages / Korean; English

So-hyun Lee Regional Administrator
So-hyun Lee
Regional Administrator

Sohyun is a regional administrator at ICLEI East Asia Secretariat. She has 20 years of experience in various fields including climate change adaptation in the Seoul Metropolitan Government. She was stirred to action in regard to the sustainability of cities when her six-year-old nephew inquired about global warming.


Areas of Expertise / press relations; evaluation

Languages / Korean; English

Guyu (Kelly) Dai Program Officer
Guyu (Kelly) Dai
Program Officer

Kelly has a transdisciplinary academic background in both social science and sustainability research. She holds a Master’s degree from the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, where she was engaged in various community climate action and sustainable urban food system projects and has gained expertise from community work in the Pearl River Delta region. Kelly has a keen interest in sustainable transition in developing countries, especially China.


Areas of Expertise / Sustainability science; social-ecological development; policies and governance 


Languages / Chinese; English; Swedish; Cantonese

Yi Jiang Project Coordinator
Yi Jiang
Project Coordinator

Jiang Yi has experience in international projects and Chinese public grants management. Previously, she held the position of research coordination and administration management at the Center for Mountain Futures. She has developed an extensive network in the field of ecology research, agriculture, development, and sustainability. In addition, she has been actively working on gender equality and sensitization for university students and professionals.


Areas of Expertise / Ecology; sustainable development; gender


Languages / Chinese; English

Huan Zheng Program Officer & the Greater Bay Area Coordinator
Huan Zheng
Program Officer & the Greater Bay Area Coordinator

Huan is the Program Officer of Resilient Development Pathway and the Greater Bay Area Coordinator of the ICLEI Beijing Office. Prior to joining ICLEI, she initiated and led the Community-based Climate Action Program and resilience building in South China at a private environmental foundation for almost four years.


Areas of Expertise / Urban resilience and adaptation; disaster risk reduction; regional cooperation and governance

Languages / Chinese; English

Ji Xu Program Coordinator
Ji Xu
Program Coordinator

Ji has work experience with United Nations Agencies (including UNOPS, UNESCO and UNDP) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China. He has participated in GEF-5 and GEF-6 project management in international waters and biodiversity areas. He has an education background in economics, and two postgraduate degrees in international relations and public administration. He is interested in project management and sustainable development.


Areas of Expertise / Sustainable development; program management

Languages / Chinese; English

Yuchen Ma Senior Project Officer
Yuchen Ma
Senior Project Officer

Yuchen has an academic background in landscape architecture with master degree from University of Sheffield in UK. She gets wide work and research experience in urban and rural planning and sustainable development, ecological space and biodiversity assessment, etc.


Areas of Expertise / Nature-based development and urban biodiversity; Resilient development; ecological planning and research


Language / Chinese, English

Xi Ding GEF-7 UrbanShift China Coordinator
Xi Ding
GEF-7 UrbanShift China Coordinator

Ding Xi holds Master’s degree in International Studies of Nanjing University obtained in China. Before joining ICLEI, she worked in European Chambers in China, Hill&Knowlton Strategies, and Polar Hub. Ding Xi has four years of working experience on government relations and project management.


Areas of Expertise / government relations, stakeholder management, project management


Language Chinese / English

Linlin Wang Operation Officer & Assistant to Chief Representative
Linlin Wang
Operation Officer & Assistant to Chief Representative

Before joining ICLEI, Linlin had worked in an international non-government organization for almost 10 years, where she was mainly responsible for the overall office operation and administration including finance, human resources, legal affairs, and general office management and program administration. She is very familiar with the international NGO management philosophy and operation mode.


Areas of Expertise / Office operation and management; human resources


Languages / Chinese; English

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