Professor MA Zhong, Ph.D. in Economics, is the dean of the College of Environmental Sciences of Renmin University of China. He is the professor of the National Key Discipline “Population, Resources and Environmental Economics” and doctoral tutor. He is a committee member of the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment & Development (CCICED); the Science & Technology Committee of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP); and Advisory Committee on Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment. Professor MA is also the executive director of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences; the editor of “China Environmental Science”, “Journal of Natural Resources”, “Wetland Science”, and “Sustainability Science”; as well as a Professor Fellow of the Resources for the Future (RFF). He is mainly engaged in teaching and research of environmental and natural resource economics, covering areas such as environmental policy, environmental management system, economic instruments, wetland biodiversity, economic evaluation and circular economy. Previously, he was the former Chinese editor-in-chief of "RFF Environmental Economics Series", team leader of the Project “Environmental and Natural Resources Pricing and Taxation” at CCICED, and also led several projects including Asian Development Bank & Global Environment Facility: "Sanjiang Plain Wetlands Protection"; MEP and World Bank: "Environmental Management Functions Transformation & Institutional Innovation"; Ministry of Science & Technology, MEP and Ministry of Construction: "Water pollution control & treatment special project – pilot study on water environmental protection pricing and taxation policy" amongst others. He is a recipient of the 2009 Green China award.