Team and researchers

Professor Yao WANG

Prof. Yao Wang

Professor Yao WANG is the Director General of International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF). She also serves as Deputy Secretary General of Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for Finance and Banking, as Secretary General of the Green Securities Committee (GSC) of the Securities Association of China, as fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), as advisor to the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and as consultant for the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Prof. Yang worked in investment banking for 7 years before she did her post-doctorate at Bank of Beijing from 2008 to 2010. From 2010 to 2011 she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Professor Wang is interested in Low Carbon Economy, Sustainable Finance, Climate Finance and Green Finance. She is the author of several publications on climate finance and green finance, such as Carbon Finance: Global Vision and Distribution in China (China Economic Publishing House, 2010), and Climate Finance (China Economic Publishing House, 2013).

Read all of Prof. Yao WANG’S Green BRI Center articles here.

Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG

Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG

Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG is the Founding Director of the Green Belt and Road Initiative Center and a Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China.

Christoph is a member of the Belt and Road Initiative Green Coalition (BRIGC) of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment. He has contributed to policies and provided research/consulting amongst others for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Ministry of Commerce, various private and multilateral finance institutions (e.g. ADB, IFC, as well as multilateral institutions (e.g. UNDP, UNESCAP) and international governments.

Christoph holds a master of engineering from the Technical University Berlin, a master of public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a PhD in Economics. He has extensive experience in finance, sustainability, innovation, and infrastructure, having worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for almost 10 years and being a Director for the Sino-German Sustainable Transport Project with the German Cooperation Agency GIZ in Beijing.

He has authored books, articles and reports, including UNDP’s SDG Finance Taxonomy, IFC’s “Navigating through Crises” and “Corporate Governance - Handbook for Board Directors”, and multiple academic papers on capital flows, sustainability and international development.

Read all of Christoph NEDOPIL WANG’s Green BRI Center articles here.

Honfeng XU

Xu Hongfeng IIGF CUFE
Hongfeng Xu

Hongfeng XU is the Assistant Director and Special Research Fellow at the IIGF, as well as a Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She was a Rajawali Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Ford Foundation International Fellow. She gained her post-doctorate at Tsinghua University and her doctorate in law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on energy economy and international energy investments. She is the director of several research projects, such as China’s National Social Sciences Foundation and China’s Science and Technology Funds for the Excellent Overseas Fellows. She authored several books, such as Energy Diplomacy of the U.S. in Central Asia, China’s Energy Finance Development Report (2018) and U.S. Economic Diplomacy Towards Russia: from Ronald Reagan to George. H.W. Bush.

Read all of Hongfen XU’s Green BRI Center articles here.


Mathias Lund Larsen

Mathias LUND LARSEN is the Director of International Cooperation at IIGF, as well as a Research Fellow at CUFE. He is specialized in the role of the private sector in sustainable development, having worked for UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya and the UN Global Compact in New York, USA. His research focuses on relations between Chinese and international green finance, including within bonds, climate finance flows, and multilateral development bank cooperation. Holding four master’s degrees, he has completed a double master in international business & politics and CEMS international management from Copenhagen Business School, Warsaw School of Economics, and Rotterdam School of Management, as well as a double master in international development and international relations from Sciences Po Paris and Peking University. He has written several publications for the UN and is fluent in English and Chinese.

Read all of Mathias LUND LARSEN’s Green BRI Center articles here.

Ying CUI

Cui Ying - IIGF

Ying CUI is a Senior Research Fellow of the RCCEF (Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance) and is in charge of the Climate Finance Department and Carbon Finance Lab at the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF).

She holds a master degree in environmental engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Her major research areas are Carbon Markets and Climate Finance. She has more than 13 years of working experience in the field of climate change. Before joining IIGF, she was the Technical Director of EDF Trading China, conducting the development and management of more than 100 energy saving and emission reduction projects. She also developed the CDM methodology for waste incineration and successfully registered the 1st coal mine methane utilization CDM project and the 1st LNG power generation CDM project with the UNFCCC. She is the author of China ETS Development Report, China Environmental Rights Market Report and since 2016, she compiles the annual China Climate Financing Report.

Read all of Ying CUI’s Green BRI Center articles here.

Ruichen HONG

Ruichen Hong - IIGF

Ruichen HONG is a research assistant at the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF). He received a Master of Accounting from the University of Glasgow,  UK, and is in the process of receiving the certification by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) . He is a main author of the 2018 China Climate Financing Report and Establishing China’s Green Financial System: Progress Report 2018. His research areas are climate finance, carbon finance, environment accounting and carbon accounting.

Read all of Ruichen HONG’s Green BRI Center articles here.

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