Deputy Editor-in-Chief

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From Asia to rural Africa – my journey through the forests and the development sector

Xue Weng
Deputy Editor-in-Chief,


Born in China and raised in Japan, Xue is currently a Research Fellow with the Value Chains, Finance and Investment team at the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Based in Nairobi and work on projects across Eastern and Western Africa.

Prior to joining CIFOR, Xue worked for the Natural Resources Group of the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED; London, UK) where she managed multi-stakeholder platforms and research collaboration projects in China, Cameroon, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College (U.S.), Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Change and Management from the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford (U.K.) and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Freiburg (Germany). She was born in Liaoning, China, spent her childhood in Fukuoka, Japan. Supported by a Keidanren-United World College scholarship, she left Japan at the age of 16 and attended Pearson College UWC in Canada for her high school. She currently lives in Nairobi with her 1-year old son Taiyo and husband Jakob whose work on grass-roots regenerative farming  inspires her on a daily basis.