Yang Liu is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) expert with 20-year experience. He holds a BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and a MSc degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.
He worked for ERM, the world largest pure-play sustainability consultancy, for over 14 years, and assumed various leadership roles, such as Regional Manager of Northern China and Partner in charge of Transaction Advisory, Performance and Assurance, and Climate Change services for mainland China. As an entrepreneur, he invested and joined Greenment Environment, a leading Chinese sustainability consultancy, in 2017 and helped the firm grow its corporate advisory service and international business.
Mr Liu exited Greenment in 2020 after a successful acquisition by Shanghai Construction Group. He is currently CEO of Gelan Digital Technology Company which is a leading data digital solution provider for ESG and Climate Change from China. He is also strategic development advisor to Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), one of largest and most internationally reputable environmental NGOs from China. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Liu has been responsible for managing and implementing a large number (500+) of ESG Due Diligence Assessments and Compliance Audits cross the world, covering a wide range of industrial sectors, such as oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, automotive, pharmaceutical, chemical, general manufacturing and real estate, amongst others.
Mr. Liu has wealthy experiences in providing strategy and management consulting services for corporate clients, for instance, he developed corporate EHS due diligence guidelines for CNOOC and Baosteel, participated Safety Strategy Planning by 2020 for Shanghai Volkswagen, and led the development of an integrated E&S management system for a top-tier renewable energy company in China.
Through experience and training Mr. Liu has acquired a detailed understanding of China’s environmental regulatory systems and international standards (such as IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards).As an early practitioner of Equator Principles and Green Finance in China, Mr. Liu has worked extensively for both international and domestic financial institutions in providing advisory services for environmental and social risk management (ESRM). His typical financial clients included International Finance Corporation, China Banking Association, China Development Bank, The Export-Import Bank of China, Postal Savings Bank of China, Industrial Bank (China), Bank of Jiangsu, Bank of Huzhou, DEG, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Carlyle, CPE, Olympus Capital amongst others.