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Yaqian (Zelda) Liang

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Scholar Yaqian (zelda) Liang from Columbia University Scholars 2020-2021.

Former Policy Advisor, Oxfam


Yaqian Liang formerly worked as a policy advisor at Oxfam, where she advocated for sustainable, inclusive, and conflict-sensitive foreign investment in developing countries, with a focus on Chinese investment in Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. While supporting communities to develop strategies to defend their rights, Yaqian strived to facilitate evidence-based dialogue between communities, civil society, companies, and policy makers across borders to ensure inclusive growth. Ultimately, she aims to work across ideological divides to explore new paths towards development that are compatible with respecting human rights. Previously, Yaqian worked for Greenpeace as a Climate and Energy Campaigner to curb China’s coal consumption and to fight for environmental justice.

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