Prof. Zhang is a field wildlife biologist and the Professor on Ecology at Beijing Normal University. He was appointed as the Secretary General of the Society for Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) Foundation of China since April 1st 2016. Before joining SEE, he serves as the member of the Ethic Commission of International Union for Biological Sciences, the member of the board of directors and vice secretary general of China Zoological Society, the member of IUCN Species Survival Committee -Asian Elephant Specialist Group, the member of technical advisory group of Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephant (MIKE) of the United Nation’s Washington Conversion (CITES), as well as the national coordinator on combating illegal wildlife trafficking and training expert of Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is also the handling editor of Conservation Biology, one of the top journals in the conservation world. He has published over 70 research papers on China’s environmental policies, endangered species conservation, wildlife management and trafficking in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Conservation Letters, Biological Conservation, Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity and Conservation etc.
Prof. Zhang is a well-known research scientist on China’s collective forest tenure reform policy, eco-compensation policy, protected area legislation, wildlife protection law, community conservation agreement and international wildlife trade related policies. He was the China Country Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (2002-2006), the interim country director and program director of Conservation International China Program (2008-2013), and the national representative of Freeland Foundation/USAID Asia Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (2013-2016). Prof. Zhang is also on the judge panel of Ford Motor Environment and Conservation Grant for 15 years, and working to support China grass root environmental NGOs’ capacity building since 2002.