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Biography

LIU Hongqiao (刘虹桥, pinyin: liú hóng qiáo) is a Paris-based independent policy consultant, advisor and journalist. Her primary work focus is China’s emergence and its global impact on the environment, biodiversity, energy, and the climate.

Born and raised in China, Liu spent her early career as an investigative journalist at the most prestigious news desks in China – Southern Metropolis Daily and Caixin Media, two outlets known for their fearless exposés. In 2011 she first unveiled the then-called “National Dynamic Monitoring Network,” an early-stage prototype of the national surveillance system on “sensitive groups.” During this period, her other series of reporting, such as drinking water safety, “Cadmium-contaminated rice,” and soil contamination, led to national policy reform in addressing the exposed issues and triggered continuous nationwide civil society movements seeking transparency and accountability on environmental health. (Read more: “Journalism”)

During her brief journalism career in China (2010-2014), Liu received several awards for reporting on environmental health, climate change, energy transition, civic society, and more. At the age of 20, she won the First Prize of a national journalism award for her investigations on the ‘Yihuang Demolition Self-Immolation Incident.’ She is the youngest recipient of the China Environmental Press Award launched by UK-based media China Dialogue and The Guardian, first in the category of “Young Journalist of the Year” (2013) and soon “Best Investigation” (2014). She also received a Merit Award from the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (2014) and an AAAS-Euralert Fellowship for International Science Reporters (2014). (Read more: “Awards”)

Starting in 2014, she applied her investigative journalistic skills and insights on China’s environmental and governance challenges to independent consultancy. From 2014 to 2017, she led an impact journalism initiative between China Dialogue and China Water Risk / ADM Capital Foundation to un-silo the segmented discussion on water risks in science, policy, business, and investment. Her publications, together with active engagement with a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders, have led to solid changes and influenced the Chinese and international government’s policy-making. (Read more: “Publication”)

As an independent expert, she has worked with International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to advise on China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) ’s Special Policy Studies; with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to initiate a new project that aims to end wildlife trade at the country and regional level; with WWF/TRAFFIC International to seek the best practice on combating wildlife cybercrime; with International Rivers to assess the environmental and social impacts of Chinese overseas investment; with Global Witness to develop a holistic communication strategy on fostering good governance on forests and natural resources; with Zoi Environment Network on greening the Belt and Road in Central Asia; with di:ga Communications to convey the research of leading think tanks to efficient and impactful messages …And the list goes on. (Read more: “Consulting”)

In 2021, following China’s announcement of the groundbreaking ‘dual-carbon’ goals, Liu temporarily resumed her journalism practice at Carbon Brief, an award-winning website specializing in climate and energy policy. She strategically positioned herself to bridge the extensive knowledge gaps on China’s climate and energy policy. She also spoke at the TED Countdown Summit, where she gave her answer to the 11-gigatonnes question – “Can China achieve its ambitious climate pledges?”. (Read more: “Events”)

In 2022, Liu launched “Shuang Tan,” an independent reporting initiative dedicated to tracking China’s decarbonization with facts, insights and analysis. Her comprehensive, nuanced, and balanced analyses have become “a global reference point” and are read by senior diplomats, think tankers, journalists and policy analysts around the world. (Read more: “Newsletter” and “Testimonials.”)

Liu holds a Master of International Relations and Affairs (specialized in International Energy, with concentrations in Global Risks and African Studies) from the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) and a B. A degree in Communication Studies from Beijing Normal University. She is a Raisina Young Fellow (2022) and visiting fellow (2013) of the Africa-China Reporting Project at the University of the Witwatersrand. She speaks Chinese, English, and French.