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Kunming, China
Speaks Chinese, English

An expert in sustainable development in China

Rachel Hemingway has over 14 years of work experience designing, delivering and evaluating both research and practical projects in Africa and Asia across the water/sanitation, climate adaptation and conservation sectors with multiple partners and at multiple scales, Rachel provides a comprehensive and strategic perspective for organisations. Currently based in China, one of the most influential countries in terms of poverty alleviation and natural resource management in the world, providing an unique perspective to trade, investment, political relationships and opportunities
Questions I can answer:
What are the primary illegal wildlife trafficking supply routes and demand centres in Asia
How does DFID engage with other organisations
What is the regulatory and public engagement situation for international bodies operating in China
How is China engaging internationally through trade and diplomacy and what are the social and environmental impacts of this
How can ecosystem based adaptation enhance economic development
How can the principles of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity be integrated into domestic policy

Student - Chinese • China

Student - Chinese language and culture

2017 - Present (3 years, 1 month)
Currently studying Chinese language with the goal of reaching full professional fluency
Zoological Society of London • China

Consultant; A Political Economy Analysis of Forestry and the Timber Trade in China

2018 - 2019 (5 months)
Short term research contract examining national and international laws, stakeholders, policies, supply chains, consumption patterns of forestry and wood related products with a focus on China. The output was a research report analysing options to encourage global supply chain sustainability and legality. The work involved both Chinese and English language research and interviews with experts.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Consultant; Chinese corporate risk management and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

2016 - 2017 (9 months)
Contracted to develop a best practice risk management framework for Chinese investors (private and state) in Uganda in order to identify and eliminate risks to wildlife (both fauna and flora) from staff and operational activities. Provided in depth understanding of the Chinese and Ugandan regulatory frameworks regarding overseas investments, CSR and environmental risk management

Senior Technical Advisor

2014 - 2016 (2 years, 1 month)
Technical advisor regarding China-Africa investments and impacts, ecosystem services and livelihood enhancement and prevention of international wildlife trafficking;
Responsible for fundraising for and delivering on an annual budget in excess of US$750,000;
Led on planning and executing wildlife (fauna and flora) trafficking enforcement, policy and demand reduction strategy and programming within China and the Asia region, co-ordinating across multiple teams, organisations and WCS country programs;
Led on developing, planning, fundraising for and executing new programmatic work focussing on engaging with Chinese corporate and public sectors to mitigate social and environmental externalities in Africa;
Led on donor communication including writing and reviewing all proposals, progress and technical reports

Climate and Environment Advisor

2011 - 2014 (2 years, 12 months)
Strong externally facing role with responsibility for managing DFID funding relationships and overseeing large international programs led by the World Bank, UNDP, research bodies and other UK Government departments (including the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - DEFRA and the Cabinet Office);
Responsible for an annual budget in excess of US$7 million;
Initiated and led the DFID engagement with Illegal Wildlife Trafficking including the organisation and execution of the first International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in London 2014, securing international ministerial and high level engagement;
Provision of oversight, evaluations and technical support for implementation of the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems Services (WAVES) World Bank multilateral fund;
Responsible for oversight and annual evaluations of the DFID-funded UNEP –UNDP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI);
Provision of technical (ecosystem service related) support for developing metrics and indicators for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification remote sensing for REDD+;
Policy development and lead advisor on sustainable development (Rio+20), UN Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Representing DFID in international negotiations at the Conference of the Parties and other international meetings;
Policy development for DFID engagement with and oversight of Global Environment Fund programming focus and financial support;
Provision of technical advice and programme input across DFID for biodiversity-poverty links, protected area management, ecosystem based approaches to development, ecosystem based approaches to climate resilience and risk reduction;
Development and dissemination of tools (including NCA) to incorporate environmental considerations within decision making
SHJ Foundation • Switzerland


2011 - 2011 (7 months)
Contracted to guide the development and creation of a new private foundation focused on supporting female education and empowerment in Palestine. Supported the development of measurable and achievable goals and targets as well as the public ‘face’ of the foundation
CERCOPAN • Nigeria

Community Conservation Manager

2010 - 2011 (1 year, 5 months)
CERCOPAN is a non-profit, NGO based in Nigeria focused on rainforest conservation, community education, primate rehabilitation and research.
Led CERCOPAN’s participation in a national climate change research project, designing and undertaking hands-on primary research with communities regarding climate change adaptation options and implementation. Using this research to prepare and present recommendations to design Nigeria’s National Adaptation Plan of Action;
Worked with local forest communities to develop effective governance systems in order to enhance the productivity and security of the protected forest area. This work included community group capacity building to understand the role of protected areas in local livelihoods and adaptation strategies, Non-Timber Forest Product harvesting and community coordination systems;
Managed a sustainable alternative livelihoods programme to reduce wildlife poaching and unsustainable resource exploitation across 4 forest communities;
Led community forest conservation strategy and engagement in Cross River State, tackling illegal logging through working with communities to limit access as well as confiscating illegal timber directly;
Worked with communities to develop, implement and monitor Land Use Management Plans;
Researched the local linkages between environment, poverty, gender, growth, inequality and natural resource management to enhance project design and sustainability;
Represented CERCOPAN with international donors, government officials and academics to present research findings and offer insights into the Nigerian National Adaptation Plan of Action;
Planned, delivered and evaluated concurrent development projects concerned with developing sustainable alternative livelihoods, climate change adaptation and gender mainstreaming
Metaverse Holdings

Operations Manager

2007 - 2010 (2 years, 9 months)
Metaverse Holdings is a venture capital organisation developing and rolling out commercial concepts and business initiatives based on the creation of 3D internet and Virtual Worlds space for transmission of real-time events.
Co-ordinated and oversaw work outputs of project teams across three continents;
Ensured project milestones and goals were met within budget and timeframe through providing the necessary support, resources and management of project teams;
Provided focal point of information and coordination for all management, investors, external partners and project teams
W Charitable Foundation

Project Manager

2006 - 2010 (3 years, 5 months)
The W Charitable Foundation is a funding and research body for directed research as well as practical water and sanitation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Developed and oversaw research into water and sanitation in SSA, collated, evaluated and implemented research results into practical projects across multiple countries;
Directly oversaw implementation and evaluation of water and sanitation projects in Zambia and Mozambique. Worked with local civil society groups on development and implementation of sustainable governance structures for maintaining infrastructure and locally run hygiene education programmes;
Responsible for delivering projects with an annual budget in excess of US$1 million;
Directly designed and implemented projects that secured a stable clean water supply for over 10,000 people in Zambia and Mozambique