Meet the Board
2016-2017 Beijing Energy Network: Board Committee Members
Along with serving as BEN’s co-Executive Director, Lili is a Princeton in Asia research fellow on the Sustainable Cities team of Natural Resources Defense Council. Leaving sunny California for a high school year in Beijing quickly convinced Lili to dedicate her life to working on environmental issues.
After completing a thesis on eco-city development in China and South Africa, Lili graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Social Studies focusing on Sustainable Urban Development, a minor in Energy and Environment, and a citation in Mandarin. Lili returned to San Francisco after graduation where she worked as an Urban Sustainability Research Fellow at Energy Innovation. Beijing called, and Lili is glad to be back working in the thick of things, namely PM 2.5.
Coming out of a year-long Princeton in Asia fellowship on the Environmental Law Project at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Forest is thrilled to further build Beijing’s energy and environment community as one of the co-directors of the Beijing Energy Network.
Forest’s experiences include conducting research and developing trainings for Chinese environmental public interest litigators at NRDC, strategizing development for a biogas project in Kunming, building communications strategy at the Global Environmental Institute, and once, wearing a literal monkey costume as the MC for an environmental education summit with the Jane Goodall Institute. In addition to directing the Beijing Energy Network, Forest is currently the E-commerce Manager of a sustainable agriculture startup called Shangrila Farms, as well as an educator at public schools in Dongcheng district. She is looking forward to furthering BEN’s powerful work as a platform for information sharing, and a networking hub for the environment and energy community.
Kate joined the BEN executive committee in August 2016 after having been a frequent BEN participant since 2014.
She currently works at the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), a non-profit environmental organization based in Beijing that promotes information disclosure and public participation as means of improving environmental governance mechanisms, emissions reductions and environmental quality. Her main work focuses on IPE’s green supply chain initiative to integrate transparency and stakeholder participation into existing supply chain management systems. Prior to joining IPE, she received a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship to serve as a research fellow on the China Environmental Law & Governance Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Beijing.
Kate graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in International and Global Studies – East Asia (focus on Economics).
James Gao is a Communications Consultant with the Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He works to promote NRDC’s Power Sector Roundtable, the organization’s inaugural research project on China’s power sector reform, in collaboration with the media, public sector, NGOs and other stakeholders.
James holds a Master’s degree in Energy Policy and Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Ohio State University. James is a photography and bicycling aficionado. These hobbies have taken him to many cities in China, North America, and Europe.
Lauren Huleatt is currently a Government Affairs Intern at AmCham China in Beijing, while also pursuing her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in International Development at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management.
Prior to moving to Beijing in 2015, Lauren worked in the Power and Utilities sector at Bank of America where she became passionate about renewable energy. Lauren is a graduate of the International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of South Carolina, where she studied International Business and Finance.