Our Team in the UK

Dr Samuel Chen (MA, Harvard; DPhil, Oxford)

Founder and Director


Samuel Chen brings many years of experience in academia, research, project management, consultancy, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange, and international collaboration to the field of sustainable development. He also has a prolonged interest in and passion for sustainable development.

 

Trained in history of civilisation at Harvard and Oxford, he is a leading researcher in the origin and development of civilisations and the dynamic relationship between tradition and innovation within their intellectual, technological, cultural, social and ecological contexts. He has been a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford since 2010. He also teaches global history in general, ranging from natural history, prehistory to the modern era, with a particular emphasis on human exploration and migration, imperial expansion, technological and economic development, and the impact of these on the viability of human living conditions; social, regional and international relations; and the environment.

 

In addition to his research and teaching career, Samuel Chen has more than 18 years of professional experience initiating, managing and consulting for a variety of high-profile national and international projects, ranging from academic research, education and training, to business and industry, in the US (Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington D.C.), UK (Oxford, London, Edinburgh, and Lancaster), and China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu and Changsha). He has worked closely with a number of education and research institutions, think tanks, technology companies, utilities, investors, government organisations and NGOs in the UK, Continental Europe, the US and China. He is widely recognised for being highly responsive, reliable, and well-connected, and for his efficiency, teamwork, cross-cultural, PR, organisational and management skills, and productivity.

 

He was first involved in academic and social entrepreneurship in 2001–2003 when he started a cross-disciplinary networking platform for students and scholars from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science and Graduate School of Education, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT and the US National Bureau of Economic Research, and a similar platform at the University of Oxford in 2007–2008. In 2012 he moved into business entrepreneurship to provide consultancy and project management services that promote and facilitate international collaboration, especially in sustainable development.

 

In collaboration with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), he helps promote and showcase UK capabilities with its world-class expertise, technologies and services in sustainable development for the Chinese market. He has successfully assisted several UK technology service providers (e.g. Red Skies Ltd.) and research organisations (e.g. the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) enter into the Chinese market within a relatively short period of time by identifying suitable contacts, providing business strategies and project management services. In the meantime, he is also entrusted by major Chinese companies and government institutions (e.g. Hunan Provincial Science and Technology Department; and the Low Carbon Economy Service Committee, Shanghai Services Federation) with the responsibility of searching for suitable expertise, technologies and services in the West to help China with its sustainability and low carbon initiatives. He regularly organises and leads UK delegations to China and Chinese delegations to the UK.

 

Samuel Chen currently manages several major international projects he has initiated. These include applying leading UK and European software technologies and big data services in the development of smart management systems for urban water networks, energy, natural resources and food safety in three major provinces in China. Other projects involve facilitating joint research, development and training projects between the UK and China for water resources (e.g. lakes, reservoirs and rivers) and soil protection, catchment management, and pollution control and remediation in two major provinces in China. He was also involved in the planning of the Future Low Carbon Cities Best Practices in City Development International Summit to be held in the Free Trading Zone of Pudong, Shanghai on 28–29 January 2015, a project which was organised by the Shanghai Low Carbon Economy Service Committee, Shanghai Services Federation and hosted by the Shanghai Pudong Government and the City of London. 


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Dr Yuge Ma (BEng & BA, Tsinghua University; MSc & DPhil, Oxford)

Consultancy and Training Officer


Dr Ma is responsible for developing consultancy, project management and professional training programmes at OSE.

She graduated from Tsinghua University with double bachelor’s degrees in building technology and in law (2009). She spent one year as a graduate student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (2010), followed by an MSc (2011) and a DPhil (2015) at University of Oxford.

Currently also a postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford, she has developed her expertise in global low-carbon development, energy efficiency, energy and climate policy, as well as sustainable urbanisation in China, India and beyond. Her current research is funded by the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 GREEN-WIN Project, which focuses on win-win strategies and sustainable business models of climate action and urban transformation in Shanghai, Istanbul, Barcelona and Venice. Previously, her PhD dissertation investigated China and India’s low-carbon technologies and policies through the lens of the energy efficiency industry.

Dr Ma has collaborated with top research and policy institutes on energy and climate issues across the world. She was a Guest Researcher with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and Beijing (2011-2012), a Global Governance Future 2022 Fellow (ggfutures.net), and an Avantha International Fellow (2013) with Aspen Institute (India). She had also conducted research with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), and Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) in New Delhi. She is co-founder of the Oxford Juxtapose Project, which is a multi-disciplinary platform for comparative studies on contemporary China and India.

Apart from research and policy, Dr Ma is very committed to entrepreneurship, business and media.  After an entrepreneurial initiative on green building consulting with her undergraduate classmates from Tsinghua University, which won several national and international college student business plan competitions (2008-2009), she served as an Energy Consultant for Panasonic’s Overseas R&D Center (New Delhi and Osaka, 2010-2011). To communicate her insights on international economic and political affairs, she has been an invited overseas correspondent on for China Youth Daily and Xinhua News Agency, as well as a presenter and journalist on Tsinghua TV and CCTV. Her most recent book Growing Up in India (Beijing, 2013) is the first-of-its-kind to introduce contemporary India through a Chinese scholar’s personal account.

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Luna Wang (BA, Peking University; MSc, Oxford)

China Projects Officer


Luna Wang received her BA in Law and Economics from Peking University in 2007. Subsequently she passed the Chinese National Judicial Examination and obtained the laywer qualifications in 2008.


in 2011 she finished a masters degree in Sociology at the University of Oxford, focusing on migration between urban and rural areas inside China. Her research aimed at uncovering the selection process of return migration and the factors contributing to this phenomenon, in order to help both urban and rural governments to have an objective understanding of this internal migration on a massive scale in the rapid process of urbanisation, so that relevant policies can be made to maintain social stability and also absorb surplus labour.


Luna is currently pursuing another masters degree, in the Humanities Division this time, at the University of Oxford.


Luna has diverse work experience. She led volunteer work at Peking University, because of which she was invited by the Beijing International Volunteers Assocation to co-author a series of books entitled Volunteer Reader. These were published by China Radio International Press in 2006 and thereafter used as training materials for volunteers of the 2008 Olympic Games. 


Before coming to Oxford, Luna also worked for three years as Investment Advisor and Project Manager in real estate industry in Beijing for two leading developers. 


Familiar with both English and Chinese cultures, Luna has also worked closely with many Chinese visiting scholars from many Chinese universities. She has also facilitated and organised exchange programmes, building connections between the University of Oxford and universities in China.


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Dr Jiming Zhu (BSc, Peking University; MSc & DPhil, Oxford)

Strategic Liaison Officer


Jiming a Postdoctoral Research Fellowat University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the China Medical Board. Jiming earned his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil; internationally known as PhD) in Public Health at Oxford as a China Scholarship Council Scholar, and Master of Science in Global Health Science at Oxford as a Li Ka Shing Scholar. Prior to Oxford, he obtained a Bachelor degree in Economics from Peking University. Jiming is one of the few key persons leading to the establishment of the China Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals for Residency Education, which consists of the best hospitals in China and greatly helps modernise China’s graduate medical education. He is also the youngest Chinese citizen publishing a full article as both the first and correspondence author in the best medical journal The Lancet (impact factor: 46.119). Jiming has participated in many projects, commissioned by the ministries in China and the international organisations, such as (1) the analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals for the central government’s blueprint called ‘Healthy China 2030’, (2) the integration of green growth and poverty (commissioned by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development), and (3) the cost estimation of the core package of maternal and child health service funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and China’s Ministry of Finance.





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