Hanying Li is a passionate development professional with a strong interest in environmental education, communications and public campaigns gained over a period of 21 years. Hanying's professional career includes 15 years of experience working in China on policy advocacy, communications and fundraising. In addition, for over five years she promoted sustainable conservation in the Greater Indian Ocean area and implemented a fundraising strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
Hanying started her career with China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF), the first non-profit national foundation dedicated to environmental protection in China, where she was in charge of international cooperation, fundraising and public relations. At CEPF, she supported high-level legislative dialogues between the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) and congresses/Parliaments in other countries to develop China's environmental policies and regulations. She also worked collaboratively with the State Environmental Protection Administration on bilateral policy formation and regional cooperation.
In 2008, Hanying joined IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, in the Asia region to work with the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative, a multi-partner programme with the goal of promoting coastal ecosystem rehabilitation and long-term sustainable management in the Greater Indian Ocean area after the 2004 tsunami. Based in Thailand, Hanying was actively involved in the managerial and technical oversight of the programme. In 2011, Hanying was promoted as the IUCN Northeast Asia Programme Coordinator and Acting Head for IUCN China Office, where she was in charge of project development, fundraising and stakeholder coordination in the sub-region, which includes China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea and South Korea. From February to September 2012, Hanying worked with WWF as the Director for Asia Pacific Growth Strategy. She coordinated the review and restructuring of the Strategy, which aimed to grow unrestricted income for the region.
In recent five years, Hanying acts as a bridge to bring into China the advanced experiences on nature education, program design, and trainings, as well as to promote exchange and learning between China and other countries at both government level and NGO level.
Hanying holds an M.S. degree in Organizational Management from the School for International Training, Vermont, U.S.A., and a B.L. degree in International Political Sciences from Peking University, China. Appointed as a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) Steering Committee for 2013-2016, Hanying has helped enhancing CEC visibility in China through membership increase and a collaborative strategy on nature education.