Yingyi Zhang has been Programme Director for Flora and Fauna International in China and has been an Honorary member of the Consortium for several years. Her background and interests bridge ecology, biology and the social sciences, and she is a keen advocate of community engagement in conservation. As a founding member and active participant of the Working Group on ICCAs in China, Yingyi has been promoting, supporting and writing about community conserved areas in China. She is a co-founder of Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association (BRC — a Member of Consortium) and a provincial learning network called Guangxi CCA Consortium. She recently established the Zhilan Foundation, which will offer small grants to support ICCAs in China. Yingyi has been nominated by the Working Group on ICCAs in China to take on the role of Consortium Councillor with special responsibility for East Asia, including China.