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Conservation International Hires Dr. John Liu to Lead Conservation Activities for China


Former Google executive brings a focus on innovation and strong business focus to the environmental nonprofit's work in Greater China


Conservation International (CI) announced today that Dr. John Liu has joined Conservation International's newly formed Greater China Field Division as Senior Vice President. Dr. Liu will be responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and oversight of CI's programs in China and Hong Kong, reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Peter Seligmann.

Given the increasingly significant environmental challenges facing China and the impact that Chinese investment practices and policies have on conservation globally, CI has been expanding engagement in the region. The newly formed Greater China Field Division that Dr. Liu will lead integrates existing programs in China and Hong Kong and will expand upon these efforts.

"Home to one-fifth of the Earth's population, China is a highly influential actor on the global environmental stage," said Seligmann. "Dr. Liu's impressive business acumen and dedication to sustainability will bring greater focus to CI's work in this important region, helping us move forward in finding innovative solutions that protect the nature people need to thrive."

Dr. Liu has extensive experience in business development, operations and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining CI, he was Corporate Vice President and President of Greater China of Google for six years. Previous roles include China CEO of SK Telecom, and Chief Business Officer of Qihoo 360 Technology.
"China is at a critical crossroads for its economic growth and it is imperative that we recognize and protect the natural resources that form a foundation for our common future. I am thrilled to join Conservation International and lead its work in China and Hong Kong," said Dr. Liu. "I look forward to building on CI's projects and partners in this ever-growing and critically important region."

Dr. Liu graduated from Beijing Normal University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 1983 and obtained his Ph.D. in Telecommunications Network Management from Technical University of Denmark in 1997. In 2011, Dr. Liu undertook a Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School.

About Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and the "Nature Is Speaking" campaign, and follow CI's work on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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