Dr. Jianbin Shi is Advisor and Director of Conservation Program-Wetlands at the Paulson Institute, in charge of wetland conservation-related projects and initiatives. Prior to joining the Institute, Jianbin was the Head of TRAFFIC China Program for over three years, representing and managing TRAFFIC Program in China. He has contributed greatly to expanding scope and improving profile of TRAFFIC China program by integrating demand reduction as an important approach to dealing with illegal wildlife trade, supplementary to conventional supply reduction.

Before TRAFFIC, Jianbin was hired by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China Office as the program manager for EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP) of over EURO 30 m. He was involved in development, management and monitoring of 17 field projects funded by ECBP across China. He worked with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) Beijing Office for two years as a programme coordinator for China’s Biodiversity Blueprint Programme, which was a joint initiative between TNC and Chinese government agencies to identify priority and important areas for biodiversity conservation in China through biodiversity mapping and GAP analyses.

Jianbin began his professional career with China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (now the Ministry of Environmental Protection) as a conservation project officer, in charge of GEF biodiversity projects within the Administration.

Dr. Shi holds a PhD in animal ecology from the University of Liverpool.