Dr Wu Ning, a Chinese national, joined ICIMOD in October 2011. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he worked at the Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as Director General and was responsible for the formulation, development, and management of many national and international programme activities. He handled over 60 projects from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and many international organizations. His work on two national projects on carbon assessment of grasslands in southern China and ecological restoration of degraded mountain ecosystems in the Hengduan Mountains are especially relevant to ICIMOD’s work in China’s Himalayan region and the Tibetan Plateau. Prior to that, he worked as a professor at CIB from 2001, studying alpine vegetation ecology, wetland ecology, rangeland ecology, and pastoral development of the Tibetan Plateau. Dr Wu Ning has an MSc in plant ecology from CAS and a PhD in vegetation geography from the Free University of Berlin, where he was also a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 1999 to 2000. He has published over 150 articles in international and national academic journals on various topics including forest ecology, alpine rangeland, alpine timberline, restoration ecology, and geography of nomadic pastoralism.