Lina Li
PhD Political Science
Senior Manager Carbon Markets and Pricing

Lina Li is a Senior Manager Carbon Markets and Pricing at adelphi working on emissions trading and market mechanisms. She is a specialist in carbon markets, low-emissions development, and climate and foreign policy.

Lina Li has more than ten years of career experience working on these topics. She has managed and delivered numerous projects with international financial institutions (World Bank, ADB and KfW), supranational and national governments (EU, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, German Federal Foreign Office, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and Ministry of Finance of China), development agencies (GIZ), foundations, IGOs and NGOs, and private sector institutions.

Lina analyses emissions trading system for the secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) and is in charge of the political outreach, technical dialogues and capacity building activities of the Partnership with a focus on China. She also oversees other consulting, research and dialogue projects in particular related to developing countries.

Prior to her position at adelphi, Lina conducted research on the climate diplomacy strategy of Germany as a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation hosted by Germanwatch. As a consultant for Ecofys in Beijing and Cologne, she managed projects on emissions trading, domestic climate and energy policy, and international climate policy. Prior to that, Lina was a trainee at a Chinese multi-national energy company.  

Lina holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Duisburg Essen (with Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, the President of the German Environment Agency as her supervisor) and a master’s degree in International Politics from the School of International Studies of the Peking University. In the course of her master’s studies she already began to specialise in international environmental policy and carbon markets. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy from the Renmin University of China.

She was selected as one of the 50 students to attend the 2041 Antarctic Expedition in 2009 and is also a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab, the Sino-German Future Bridge (Zukunftsbrücke – 未来之桥), and the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network. 

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