Lin JI is Program Director at GEI and works alongside the Executive Director to design and implement the vision and direction of the organization, as well as manage partnerships and oversees internal programs to achieve the organization’s sustainable development goals in China and abroad.
Since joining in 2012, Lin has participated extensively in a broad range of projects with a focus on climate policy and negotiations, capacity building for civil society, rural development, and overseas investment and trade development. Recently, Lin developed key partnerships between China and Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries. Other notable work includes organizing a series of exchanges between Chinese and Burmese officials and experts, compiling a WWF-funded report on China’s “Going Global” strategies, and working with a team to help curtail illicit cross-border cooperation activities in the China – Myanmar border region.
As the lead representative for GEI, Lin was instrumental in the China–US Track II Dialogue in the Energy and Climate Program that aims to foster better understanding and cooperation between China and US on energy and climate change issues. For this project, it was necessary to organize high-level exchanges between the U.S. and China and represent GEI as part of the NGO delegation at COP21.
Prior to joining GEI, Lin worked as a Community Development Specialist for Health Unlimited (Health Poverty Action), a UK-based NGO, in Shan State Special Region 1 (Kokang) of Myanmar, and led EU-funded community development and community capacity building projects in rural villages of Myanmar. Then, from 2007 to 2009, Lin was the Supply Chain Coordinator at Carrefour Global Sourcing Asia Headquarters, overseeing exports from Asia. Additional previous work includes leading and drafting a comparative study on different project evaluation tools and results frameworks applied by various international and regional development banks during her internship at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Lin received an M.A. in international development from the School of International Service at American University with a concentration in development economics and sustainable development.