Dr. Lucy (Guangzhi) Yu is Associate Director for Conservation Programs at the Paulson Institute, where she works on the Institute’s projects and initiatives related to establishment of national park system in China. Prior to joining the Institute, Lucy was Project Development Coordinator/Protected Area Planning and Management Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she managed the planning and formulation process of the Main Streams of Life Programme, a US$26 million GEF funded wetland conservation initiative comprising of seven projects. At the UNDP, she provided technical inputs and coordinated a project preparatory team.

Lucy began her conservation career in 2003 with The Nature Conservancy China Program, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of conservation strategies for China’s protected areas, including providing technical support and guidance to nature reserve managers, adapting conservation methodologies, building capacity of partners locally and nationally, developing conservation plans based on the best available science, and demonstrating conservation practices on the ground.

Lucy earned a doctorate degree in conservation biology from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.