Xiaomei Tan is a Senior Climate Change Specialist at the GEF. She manages GEF's Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot, which will invest $1.5 billion over five years, initially engaging 23 cities in 11 developing countries (Brazil, China, Cote d'Ivoire, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguya, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, and Viet Nam). Further, she also manages urban and transport portfolio in the Asian region.
Prior to joining the GEF in November 2013, Xiaomei had a long career in think tank, consulting firm and government agencies. Her last role at the World Resources Institute was the Director of China Sustainable & Livable Cities Initiative and Deputy China Country Director. Under her leadership, WRI helped the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao develop a comprehensive low-carbon development blueprint, which includes more efficient energy use, clean water supply, transport systems that reduce congestion, and sustainable urban design. The blueprint lays a foundation for Qingdao to meet its target of reducing carbon intensity by 45% by 2020 and therefore won the title of a National Low-carbon Pilot City.
During her career, Xiaomei has published widely in mainstream and professional journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economy. Xiaomei holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy, MA in Economics and BA in Political Science.