Dr. Wenran Jiang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is also Director of Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum and its annual conference since 2004. Currently, Wilson Centre Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, and Special Advisor on China to the US and Canada based Energy Council.
Dr. Jiang has just returned from being partially seconded to Alberta Department of Energy as a special advisor on Asian market diversification (2012-14). Before taking a partial leave from his tenure at the U of A, Dr. Jiang was the Founding Director (2005-08) and Inaugural Mactaggart Research Chair (2008-11) of the University’s China Institute.
Traveling to China very frequently, and other parts of the world with field research, Dr. Jiang has written extensively on the rise of China and its impact on the Chinese political economy and the rest of the world, with a major focus on the shifting balance of power in the global economy, international finance and energy and resource sectors. Over the years, Dr. Jiang has advised government agencies, private companies in energy, mining, forestry and agricultural sectors on Asian market access and how to engage China. He is currently completing a book on why Canada needs to diversify its energy market to Asia. Alberta Venture magazine has named Dr. Jiang as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta for 2014.