Working Group

The working group consists of the following members:




Prof. Vicente Barros
Prof. Vicente Barros was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated in Master of Science in Meteorology at the University of Michigan in the United States and of PhD. in Meteorological Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in 1973. He held research positions at the UNAM (Mexico) and at the Argentine Council of Sciences (CONICET) where is Senior Researcher since 1994.

He was Professor of Climatology and Director of the Master Program of Environmental Sciences at the School of Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. He is currently Emeritus Professor of this University.

Prof. Barros has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, most of them on climate variability and trends on South America and on impacts of climate variability and climate change in the regional hydrology. He is also author of a book on climate change and co-editor of other three on related matters. In 1996, he directed the First National Communication of Argentina to the UNFCCC and made substantial contributions to the Second one in 2006.

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Dr. Jason Blackstock
With a unique background in physics, technology and international public policy, Jason J. Blackstock is a leading international policy adviser and scholar on geoengineering, and on the interface between science and global governance. Jason is Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGII) and Visiting Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and currently leads several international research projects that evaluate the scientific, political and global governance implications of climate change and geoengineering.

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Prof. Ken Caldeira
Prof. Ken Caldeira
Prof. Ken Caldeira is a staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution, where his job is "to make important scientific discoveries." He also serves as a professor (by courtesy) in the Stanford University Department of Environmental Earth System Science.

Prof. Caldeira is a lead author for the upcoming IPCC AR5 report and was coordinating lead author of the oceans chapter for the 2005 IPCC report on Carbon Capture and Storage. He was a co-author of the 2010 U.S. National Academy America's Climate Choices report. He participated in the UK Royal Society geoengineering panel in 2009 and ocean acidification panel in 2005. He was a lead author of the 2007 U.S. "State of the Carbon Cycle" report. Caldeira was invited by the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board to deliver the 2007 Roger Revelle Lecture, "What Coral Reefs Are Dying to Tell Us About CO2 and Ocean Acidification." In 2010, Prof. Caldeira was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

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Prof. Paul Crutzen
Prof. Paul Crutzen ForMemRS

Prof. Paul J. Crutzen is a Dutch meteorologist renowned for his analysis of chemical interactions of trace gases and trace components in the atmosphere. In 1995, Crutzen, M.J. Molina and F.S. Rowland together won the Nobel Prize for their work on the depletion of the ozone layer. In 1970, Crutzen demonstrated that chemical compounds of nitrogen oxides (NOx) accelerate the destruction of stratospheric ozone. He showed that nonreactive nitrous oxide (N2O), produced naturally by soil bacteria, rises into the stratosphere, where solar energy splits it into two reactive compounds, nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These compounds, which remain active for some time, react catalytically with ozone (O3), breaking it down into molecular oxygen (O2).

Prof. Crutzen acted as Executive Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany from 1983-1985, is Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, USA, and is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Atmospheric Chemistry at Utrecht University, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, The Netherlands.

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Arunabha Ghosh
Dr. Arunabha Ghosh

Dr. Arunabha Ghosh is CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. He is also an Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford; Faculty Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford; and Associate Fellow at the Governance of Clean Development Project at the University of East Anglia.

Dr. Ghosh was most recently Global Leaders Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford. Previously, he was Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme in New York and has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Ghosh's interests intersect international relations, global governance and human development, including climate, energy, water, trade and conflict.

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Prof. Clive Hamilton
Prof. Clive Hamilton

Prof. Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and public intellectual. In June
2008 he was appointed Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a joint centre of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne.
For 14 years, until February 2008, he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank he founded. He holds an arts degree from the Australian National University and an economics degree from the University of Sydney and a doctorate from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the University of Oxford. His books include Growth Fetish, The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics, and Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change.

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Prof. David Keith
Prof. David Keith

Professor Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty years. His work in technology and policy assessment has centered on the capture and storage of CO2, the technology and implications of global climate engineering, the economics and climatic impacts of large-scale wind power and, most recently, the land footprint of energy technologies.

As a technology developer and innovator, Prof. Keith has built a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering to increase the safety of stored CO2. Since 2009 he has led Carbon Engineering Ltd., a start-up company developing technology to capture CO2 from ambient air at an industrial scale.

Prof. Keith took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, was listed as one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2009 and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic in 2006. He spent most of his career in the United States at Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University before returning to Canada in 2004 to lead a research group in energy and environmental systems at the University of Calgary.

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Prof. Peter Liss
Prof. Peter Liss FRS

Prof. Peter Liss has been based in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia for the past 40 years, researching and teaching many aspects of environmental chemistry. In particular, Prof. Liss' research has focused on the biogeochemical interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, specialising in the processes of air-sea gas exchange, the mechanisms of trace gas formation in the oceans, and their reactivity and role in the atmosphere. His research group is an integral part of the School’s Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (LGMAC).

Prof. Liss has received the Challenger Society Medal, the Plymouth Marine Sciences Medal, and the John Jeyes Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Liss served for 5 years on the Natural Environment Research Council, was Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the international SOLAS Project and am currently Chair of the Royal Society’s Global Environment Research Committee. He is currently chair the European Research Council's Earth System Science Panel and several Advisory Boards for marine research.

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Dr. Jane Long
Dr. Jane Long

Jane C.S. Long is a hydrogeologist and geotechnical engineer with more than 34 years of national laboratory and academic experience. Dr. Long is currently working on energy and climate, and her interests are in adaptation and reinvention of the energy system in response to climate change. From 2004 to 2007, as Associate Director, she led the Energy and Environment Directorate for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Long has conducted research in nuclear waste storage, geothermal reservoirs, petroleum reservoirs and contaminant transport.

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Prof. Granger Morgan
Prof. Granger Morgan

Prof. Granger Moran is Lord Chair Professor in Engineering; Professor and Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Heinz College.

Prof. Morgan's research interests are focused on policy problems in which technical and scientific issues play a central role. Methodological interests include problems in the integrated analysis of large complex systems; problems in the characterization and treatment of uncertainty; problems in the improvement of regulation; and selected issues in risk analysis and risk communication. Application areas of current interest include global climate change; the future of the energy system, especially electric power; risk analysis including risk ranking; health and environmental impacts of energy systems; security aspects of engineered civil systems; national R&D policy; radio interference on commercial airliners; issues of privacy and anonymity; and a number of general policy, management, and manpower problems involving science and technology.

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Dr. Sospeter Muhongo
Dr. Sospeter Muhongo

Dr. Sospeter Muhongo, a Tanzanian, a Full Professor of Geology at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and an Honorary Professor of Geology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He is a fellow of eight highly learned professional societies. He was the founding Regional Director of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. Prof Muhongo was the Chair of Science Programme Committee (SPC) of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) and the Vice President of the Commission of the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences (Elsevier) and Associate Editor of Precambrian Research (Elsevier).

Prof Muhongo has published over 200 well acknowledged research articles, geological and mineral maps. He has delivered more than 250 invited keynote speeches around the world at international conferences. Over the past two decades Prof. Muhongo has co-organized over 100 international STI and science policy conferences, including those on "Science with Africa" which are hosted by Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and their partners. Prof Muhongo is a Member of the International Experts Group (Global Science Forum) of OECD. He has occupied numerous important national, regional and international professional positions dealing with science, technology, innovation, earth resources, science policy and science diplomacy. Prof Muhongo, recipient of numerous scholarly and professional awards, grants and fellowships studied geology at the Universities of Dar Es Salaam and Goettingen (Germany). He graduated with Dr.rer.nat. degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

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Prof. Laban Ogallo
Prof. Laban Ogallo has made significant contributions to our understanding of the climate of Africa. His work on African rainfall processes—including its variability, seasonality, stochastic modelling, and its connection to surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean—is greatly respected. His knowledge of statistical applications and extraction of climate information have earned him a lead role in the field of meteorology. Professor Ogallo is a member of the Kenya Academy of Sciences and an Associate Member of the African Academy of Sciences, a winner of WHO Research Award for Young Scientists and a fellow of TWAS.

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Prof. Ted Parson
Prof. Ted Parson

Prof. Ted Parson is Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law and Professor of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan. His research examines international environmental law and policy, the role of science and technology in public policy, and the political economy of regulation.

Parson's articles have appeared in Nature, Science, Climatic Change, Issues in Science and Technology, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Annual Review of Energy and the Environment.

His most recent books are The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2010, with Andrew Dessler), and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy (Oxford, 2003), which won the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association.

Prof. Parson has chaired and served on several senior advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Government Global Change Research Program, and other bodies, including the Synthesis Team for the US National Assessment of Climate Impacts. In 2005, he was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Prof. Parson has worked and consulted for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada, the United Nations Environment Program, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and spent twelve years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

He holds degrees in Physics from the University of Toronto and in Management Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard. In former lives, he was a professional classical musician and an organizer of grassroots environmental groups.

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Dr. Atiq Rahman
Dr. Atiq Rahman

Dr. Rahman is Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), a think tank focused on Resource Management, Environment and Sustainable Development issues. He is working on capacity building, optimal capacity utilization, methodological and institutional development in developing countries and communities. Dr. Rahman is the convenor of a regional network called the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and the Coordinator of the Global Forum on the Environment and Poverty (GFEP), an international network mandated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and various NGOs, UN bodies, and national governments.

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Dr. Philip Rasch
Dr. Philip Rasch

Dr. Philip Rasch serves as the Chief Scientist for Climate Science at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy Office of Science research laboratory. In his advisory role, he provides leadership and direction to PNNL's Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change (ASGC) Division. The Division conducts research on the long‐term impact of human activities on climate and natural resources using a research strategy that starts with measurements and carries that information into models, with a goal of improving the nation's ability to predict climate change.

Dr. Rasch provides oversight to more than 90 researchers who lead and contribute to programs within a number of government agencies and industry. These programs focus on climate, aerosol and cloud physics; global and regional scale modeling; integrated assessment of global change; and complex regional meteorology and chemistry.

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Prof. Steve Rayner
Prof. Steve Rayner

Steve Rayner is Director of the Insitute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford, from where he also directs the Oxford Programme on the Future of Cities and co-directs the Oxford Geoengineering Programme. He is also a Professorial Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Copenhagen. From 2003 to 2009 he was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Before coming to the University of Oxford in 2002, Steve Rayner was Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He held simultaneous appointments as Professor of Environment and Public Affairs, Professor of Sociology, and as the Chief Social Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction.

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Prof. Catherine Redgwell
Prof. Catherine Redgwell

Prof. Catherine Redgwell is Professor of International Law and served as Vice-Dean of the University College London Faculty from 2004-2006. She joined the Faculty in January 2004 from the University of Oxford, where she was a Reader in Public International Law and University Lecturer in Public International Law. Her research interests fall broadly within the public international field, including international energy law and international environmental law. Her energy research focuses on the international legal regulation of energy actors and activities, ranging from environmental impact to public participation and corporate accountability issues. Professor Redgwell served as a member of the Royal Society working group on geoengineering.

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Prof. Alan Robock
Prof. Alan Robock

Dr. Alan Robock is a Professor II (Distinguished Professor) of climatology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. He also directs the Rutgers Undergraduate Meteorology Program. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970 with a B.A. in Meteorology, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.M. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1977, both in Meteorology. Before graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. He was a professor at the University of Maryland, 1977-1997, and the State Climatologist of Maryland, 1991-1997, before coming to Rutgers.

Prof. Robock has published more than 290 articles on his research in the area of climate change, including more than 165 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, regional atmosphere-hydrology modeling, and soil moisture variations. He serves as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics, the most highly-cited journal in the Earth Sciences. His honors include being a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prof. Robock is a Lead Author of the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He currently serves as Past-President of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union and Chair of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of the AAAS.

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Dr. David Santillo
Dr. David Santillo

Dr. David Santillo obtained a degree in marine and freshwater biology in 1989, and a PhD in marine microbial ecology in 1993, both from the University of London, before continuing with postdoctoral research into nutrient pollution in the Adriatic Sea. A senior scientist, David joined the Greenpeace Research Laboratories in 1994, and now has almost 15 years experience in organic analytical chemistry and development of policies for environmental protection.

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Dr. Youba Sokona
Dr. Youba Sokona

Dr. Sokona is the Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) based in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The ACPC is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He is also a co-chair of IPCC Working Group III.

Dr. Sokona was the Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) from June 2004 to May 2010. A citizen of Mali, Dr. Sokona focuses on the energy, environment and sustainable development nexus and he has broad experience in Africa in policy development. Before joining OSS, he works for the “Environnement et Développement du Tiers Monde,” based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to that, he served as professor at Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieur of Bamako in Mali. Throughout his career, Dr. Sokona has served in various advisory capacities to African governments. He has published several books and articles on the issues of energy, environment and development with a focus on Africa.

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Dr. Pablo Suarez
Dr. Pablo Suarez

Dr. Pablo Suarez is Associate Director of Programs for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, as well as consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, visiting fellow at Boston University and research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. He has consulted for Oxfam America, the World Food Programme, the World Bank Development Economics Research Group, and numerous other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 40 countries. His current work addresses institutional integration across disciplines and geographic scales, and the use of innovative tools for climate risk management. Pablo holds a master’s degree in planning, and a Ph.D. in geography.

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Dr. Akimasa Sumi
Dr. Akimasa Sumi

Prof. Akimasa Sumi received his Ba.D and M.S. in physics and his D.Sci in meteorology from University of Tokyo in 1971, 1973, and 1985, respectively. In 1973, Prof. Sumi joined the Japan Meteorological Agency's Tokyo District Observatory as a member of the technical staff.

From 1975 – 1979 at the agency, he joined the Electronic Computation Center. From 1979 – 1981, Prof. Sumi served as a research associate in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Hawaii.

Then from 1981 – 1985, he returned to the Electronic Computation Center at the Japan Meteorological Agency as Chief Technical Officer. Then in 1985 he became associate professor at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Tokyo where he remained in that post until 1991. From 1991 he became professor of the Center for Climate System Research at the University. And since 1994, Prof. Sumi has been director of the Center for Climate System Research.

His major research topics are numerical weather prediction, Monsoon dynamics, tropical meteorology, climate dynamics including ENSO and global warming simulation.

Throughout Prof. Sumi's professional career he has also served as a leading member of various committees, such as: the Joint Scientific Committee of WCRP; the CLIVAR Monsoon Panel and Scientific Steering Groups; the TOGA-COARE Science Group and TOGA-Scientific Steering Groups; Vice Chairman of the TAO Implementation Panel. Currently, Dr. Sumi continues on as a Board Member of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Program Scientist of ADEOS-2, a member of JOINT TRMM Science Team, and as Coordinator of the University of Tokyo for AGS (Alliance for Global Sustainability).

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Sen. Liz Thompson
Sen. Liz Thompson

Senator Liz Thompson's research and work interests surround a variety of subjects relating to Politics, the Environment, Economy, Health, Energy, and Law. She is the winner of the United Nations Environment Programme's "Champion of The Earth Award" 2008 for work in environment, sustainable development and climate change. Furthermore, she is the former Minister of Energy and Environment of Barbados. Senator Thompson is currently an opposition senator in the Barbados Parliament and has been a member of Barbados Cabinet for 12 years holding portfolios in Health, Housing and Lands, and Physical Development. She is a Law Attorney by training, and her post graduate research focused on oil and gas law, environment, renewable energy and multinational corporations. sustainable development.

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Prof. Eduardo Viola
Prof. Eduardo Viola

Dr. Eduardo Viola is currently a Full-Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Brasilia, Brazil. Professor Viola holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (1979-82). He has been a Visiting Professor in several universities: the University of Texas, Austin, National University of Costa Rica, University of San Martin, University of Georgetown, Institute for International Studies and Department of Political Science, Stanford University, Department of International Relations and Center for Latin American Research, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Professor Viola’s Pos-Doctoral training was in International Political Economy and Global Environmental Change in the University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-90) and he has long been involved in human dimensions of global environmental change research. He was a member of the Open Meeting International Scientific Steering Committee for the Fourth OM (Rio de Janeiro 2001), the Fifth (Montreal 2003) and the Sixth (Bonn 2005) in which he was co-chair. Besides, he has been member of the Committee on Global Environmental Change of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (1997-2004). His current research project is on "The International Political Economy of Climate Change in South America" which is strongly focused on issues related to Earth System Governance.

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Prof. David Winickoff
Prof. David Winickoff

David E. Winickoff is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Society in the College of Natural Resources at University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA summa cum laude from Yale, and also holds degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. Since 2005, he has served as Associate Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Center at U.C. Berkeley. His research and policy work focuses on the governance of technology and the use of science in environmental regulation.

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Prof. Lan Xue
Dr. Lan Xue

Dr. Lan Xue is a Professor and Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. His teaching and research interests include science and technology and innovation policy, global governance, and crisis management. Dr. Xue has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and taught at the George Washington University before returning to China in 1996. He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and other international organizations, and acted as a policy adviser for many Chinese government agencies.

Dr. Xue currently serves as a Vice President of the China Association of Public Administration, Vice President of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology Policy, and Vice Chairman of the National Steering Committee for MPA Education. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee for Harvard Kennedy School, a member of the international advisory board for UNU-MERIT, Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and a member of the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Center (IDRC).

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