Yiqian is the Climate and eMobility Research Associate at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She works to assist governments in meeting their Paris Climate Agreement goals through electrification and transportation decarbonization strategies. She also coordinates and leads research projects on electric mobility, and provides research, data analysis and outreach support to WRI’s Electric Mobility workstream.

Prior to joining WRI, Yiqian worked as the Sustainable Mobility Senior Officer for ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, a global city-to-city network. She led a portfolio of projects on sustainable urban mobility (e-mobility, active mobility, urban freight) and developed solutions and services for local governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.  

Yiqian holds a M.A. in Erasmus Mundus Global Studies from the University of Vienna and the University of Leipzig, and a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. 

Outside of work, Yiqian is an avid runner who enjoys cycling and combat sports. She lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.