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Yushan Lou is a Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Her work centers on policy and technical analysis of hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels, with a particular emphasis on their application within the industrial sectors of China, Africa, and other emerging economies. Prior to her current role, she was a Research Associate for the Carbon Management Research Initiative (CaMRI) at the same center, where she undertook research on biohydrogen and carbon-negative hydrogen.

She holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s SIPA and a Bachelor of Science from Babson College, renowned for its top-ranking entrepreneurship program. During her graduate studies, she served as a researcher for CaMRI at the center, where she contributed to the research on green hydrogen, biohydrogen, and other low-carbon fuels for industrial decarbonization. Her involvement extended to contributing research efforts related to China’s 14th five-year plan and energy transition policies at the Research Center for Energy Transition and Social Development at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In her spare time, she actively participates in youth climate initiatives and represented China as a youth delegate at COP25.

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