Jianyu Zhang

Vice President, China


Areas of expertise:
China, emissions trading, green supply chain, environmental enforcement, China environmental and climate policy, China power sector

Zhang Jianyu is the chief representative for EDF’s China Program, responsible for EDF China’s strategic planning and implementation.

Jianyu joined EDF since the China Program’s inception. Under his leadership, EDF China Program’s work has expanded from the promotion of SO2 emissions trading to multiple areas, including environmental supervision, regulation and legislation, green supply chain, rural greenhouse gas emissions, ocean and fishery conservation, CO2 emissions trading program and power sector pollutants emissions reduction, etc.

Jianyu is a member of the Lead Expert Group (LEG) for China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), a high-level expert body advising the Chinese government on environment and sustainability issues. He is also an executive board director of the China Association for International NGO Cooperation (CANGO).


Prior to joining EDF, Zhang Jianyu facilitated the establishment and management of China’s first environmental consulting joint venture, ERM China. He also served as a China project manager for U.S. Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), and implemented a clean production project on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a fellow of the second class of the China Fellowship Program, a visiting fellow at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has served as board director of multiple China-based publicly traded companies and advisory board member of Fortune 500 companies.

Jianyu received his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, master’s degree from Stanford University, and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.