Gao Ya, Indufor’s China Representative, based in Beijing, holds M.Sc. degree in Environmental Governance from the University of Albert-Ludwigs-Freiburg, Germany (2007) and B.Sc. in International Economics and Business from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2005).
Gao Ya is a recognized forest industry expert with extensive international experience. She has specialized knowledge about China’s wood-based industries as well as policy and technical standards in China. She has worked as Senior Advisor in the Business Finland - Wood from Finland Program in China, where she successfully promoted sawn timber exports from Finland to China. She also has extensive experience in the forest sector policy in China. Previously, she served as the Director of International Division of China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association and Vice President of China Wood Importing Committee, supporting the diversification of China’s wood sourcing countries and integration of Chinese wood working industry into the global value chain. She has experience in supporting the Chinese companies to meet international norms on responsible purchasing and green supply chains. Gao Ya has also good knowledge of the EU FLEGT. She is fluent in Mandarin, English and German languages.