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Pan Tao, Ph.D

China Program Director

Dr. Pan Tao is ISC’s China Program Director under contract through the China-based NGO – Institute for Sustainable Environment and Energy (ISEE), a think tank which he founded. 

Pan Tao has more than 10 years of practical, applied experience in urban sustainability planning and implementation, and has worked on successful environmental planning and management, energy efficiency, and GHG reduction initiatives in cities across China, filling the gap between policy and practice. Prior to founding ISEE, he served as ISC’s China Urban Program Director for the U.S.-China Partnership for Climate Action (PCA), a public-private partnership supported by numerous Chinese and U.S. government agencies, and by top multinational corporations. 

Prior to ISC, Pan worked as a technical advisor for the Clinton Climate Initiative (C40-CCI) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Eco-City planning and management program. He holds a doctorate in environmental planning and management from Nanjing University, a Master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Management from Brandenburg Technical University, Germany, and a Bachelor’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Tongji University. He is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English.

Pan is also the founder of the Ecoland Club Farm, the first Community Garden based in Shanghai.