Haibing Ma Joins Worldwatch Institute as China Program Manager

Washington, D.C.-The Worldwatch Institute announced today that Haibing Ma, a respected expert on Chinese climate and energy policy, has joined the Institute as China Program Manager. Prior to coming to Worldwatch, Ma was an International Policy Associate at the Center for Clean Air Policy, where he led the Center's China activities.

"We are pleased to welcome Haibing Ma to our team," said Christopher Flavin, President of Worldwatch. "The Institute has long emphasized the global importance of China's energy and environmental agenda. Our China program seeks to facilitate better communication on sustainability between China and the rest of the world. Haibing's extensive expertise in this area makes him the ideal candidate to help us achieve this goal."

As one of his first assignments, Ma will implement a China Green Economy Project sponsored by the Finnish government. The project will explore the opportunities and challenges that a green economy offers for China, and will help policymakers in the rapidly developing country understand the enormous economic, environmental, and security implications of the decisions they face.

Ma will work closely with Worldwatch's Chinese partners to expand the Institute's work in the country. "Having Haibing on the ground in China, working with decision makers on all political levels from the local to the international, will greatly improve both our understanding of, and our impact on, the country," said Alexander Ochs, Director of Worldwatch's Climate and Energy Program, who has known and worked with Ma for many years.

Haibing Ma is pleased to be joining the Worldwatch team: "Worldwatch has been a respected voice in academic and policy circles in China for decades. I look forward to helping shape the global conversation about Chinese environment, climate, and energy policy in my new position."

Ma holds a B.A. in Public Administration from Zhejiang University in China and a M.S. in Public Policy Analysis from Peking University. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Worldwatch Institute is an international research organization based in Washington, D.C. that has provided fact-based analysis of global economic, resource, and environmental trends to decision makers around the world since 1974. The Institute's work has been published in 36 languages and regularly reaches top policymakers.