Chen Jining
Chen in 2015
Mayor of Beijing
Assumed office
27 May 2017
PremierLi Keqiang
Party SecretaryCai Qi
Preceded byCai Qi
Minister of Environmental Protection
In office
27 February 2015 – 27 June 2017
Preceded byZhou Shengxian
Succeeded byLi Ganjie
President of Tsinghua University
In office
20 February 2012 – 28 January 2015
Preceded byGu Binglin
Succeeded byQiu Yong
Personal details
Born (1964-02-04) 4 February 1964 (age 57)
Gaizhou, Liaoning, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materTsinghua University
Brunel University London
Imperial College London
OccupationAcademic, environmental engineer, ecologist, politician

Chen Jining (simplified Chinese: 陈吉宁; traditional Chinese: 陳吉寧; pinyin: Chén Jíníng; born 4 February 1964) is a Chinese academic and politician. He is the current Mayor of Beijing.[1] An environmental engineer by profession, Chen served as the President of Tsinghua University from 2012 to 2015 and Minister of Environmental Protection between 2015 and 2017.[2]

Early life and education

Chen was born and raised in Gaizhou, Liaoning, with his ancestral home in Lishu County, Jilin. In 1981, he attended Tsinghua University, where he graduated with a BSc degree in environmental engineering in 1986. Chen was then educated at Brunel University London, and next at Imperial College London where he earned a PhD degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1993. After graduation he worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London until 1998.[3][4][5][1]


In March 1998 he became the Deputy Director of the Environmental Engineering Department of Tsinghua University, rising to Director the next year. In February 2006 he was Vice-President of Tsinghua University, a year later, he was promoted to become the Executive Vice-President. He concurrently served as Dean of the Graduate School of Tsinghua University from January 2010 to February 2012, Dean of the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University between January 2010 to July 2011.

In February 2012, Chen was appointed the President of Tsinghua University,[6] he remained in that position until January 2015, when he was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection, People's Republic of China.[7] At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest member of Li Keqiang's cabinet.[7] In 2015, he was also a member of the judging panel for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

In May 2017, Chen was appointed acting Mayor of Beijing, becoming the 17th person to hold the office since the founding of the People's Republic of China.[8]

Chen was a deputy to the 12th National People's Congress.[9]


  1. ^ a b Bo Zhiyue (2015-03-04). "China's New Environmental Minister: A Rising Star". The Diplomat.
  2. ^ "State Council Appoints Dr. Chen Jining President Tsinghua University". Tsinghua University. 2012-02-21. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02.
  3. ^ PhD graduate 1993 - Chen Jining - website of Imperial College London
  4. ^ Chen Jining Archived 2018-07-06 at the Wayback Machine - website of Tsinghua University
  5. ^ "Chen Jining: Environmental Protector". China Pictorial. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  6. ^ 陈吉宁任清华校长. Xinhua News (in Chinese). 2012-02-20.
  7. ^ a b Zhou Qunfeng (September 2016). "Chen Jining: Green Warrior". News China. ISSN 1943-1902. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  8. ^ 陈吉宁任北京代市长. Sina News (in Chinese). 2017-05-27. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  9. ^ 全国人大代表信息-陈吉宁 (in Chinese). National People's Congress. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
Educational offices Preceded byGu Binglin President of Tsinghua University 2012–2015 Succeeded byQiu Yong Government offices Preceded byZhou Shengxian Minister of Environmental Protection 2015–2017 Succeeded byLi Ganjie Preceded byCai Qi Mayor of Beijing 2017– Incumbent