Yin ("Helena") Qiu works as a Research Intern on the Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) project in the Climate and Energy Program, which aims to catalyze climate discussion and action towards a low-carbon and climate resilient pathway. The robust analysis and global engagement of ACT 2015 facilitate a new international agreement at the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit in Paris in 2015. Within ACT 2015, Yin focuses on developing and managing the publication review process and conducting substantive research on climate issues including transparency and accountability, ambition mechanism, adaptation and mitigation, etc. She is also writing blogs for CityFix, drafting working papers and assists in project management.
Prior to WRI, Yin supported the policy analysis of China’s strategies on vehicle emission reduction standards and regulation with International Council on Clean Transportation. She also has strong interest in clean energy transition and global carbon emission impacts, which contributed to her Master’s thesis building an econometric model to inform EPA’s latest Renewable Fuels Standard.
Yin holds a Master degree in Public Policy concentrating on environmental and energy policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Management in Tourism Planning from Sun Yat-sen University in China.
In her spare time, she likes traveling, curious about different cultures and tastes of food. She is also good at swimming, dancing and playing the piano. She speaks English, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese and Spanish.
Black carbon – a short-lived climate pollutant emitted into the air by incomplete combustion of fuels – is a both major contributor to climate change and a concern for public health in cities. At the global scale, black carbon has ...