Leadership Council

Mr. Xie Zhenhua Mr. Xie Zhenhua has been China’s Special Representative on Climate Change (Minister-level) since April 2015. He was Vice Chairman (minister level) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of P.R. China from December 2006 to March 2015. His portfolio covers, inter alia, resource conservation, environmental protection, and climate change.

Mr. Xie started his career in 1968, and has been engaged in the work of environmental protection since 1982. He served as Division Director and later Director General in the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA). He was appointed Deputy Administrator of SEPA in May 1990 and became Administrator of SEPA in June 1993, assuming the position of Vice Chairman of the Environment Committee of the State Council concurrently. He was appointed Minister of SEPA in March 1998 and also served as Vice Chairman of the National Committee for the Patriotic Public Health Campaign, and Vice Chairman of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

Mr. Xie received the UNEP Sasakawa Environment Award, the GEF Global Environment Leadership Award, the Special Award for Green Environment of the World Bank and the Energy Efficiency Outstanding Contribution Award of the Alliance to Save Energy. He was also elected Director-General of the Chinese Society for Environment Sciences for the fourth Session, and honorary Director-General for the fifth and sixth sessions successively.

Mr. Xie Zhenhua was born in Tianjin in November 1949. He graduated from the Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University in 1977 and received his Master Degree of Law from the Department of Environmental Laws, Wuhan University in 1991. He was elected as member of the Central Committee of the CPC at its 16th and 18th session, member of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC at its 15th and 17th session.