Yu Qian is the China Program Director of International Crane Foundation (ICF), based in Beijing. She got master’s degree in ecology from Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After half year working in Tsinghua University, she shifted her career to conservation NGOs. From 2006-2018, she worked for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), serving in different departments. She provided technical support for the development of “China Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (2011-2030)” which was issued by the State Council in 2010, studied US land tenure model introduction to China, and managed external affairs of TNC China. In 2018, Yu Qian joined ICF after ICF Beijing Representative Office got registered. Yu Qian co-authored books "China's Biodiversity Geographic Atlas" and "Protecting China's Biodiversity: A Guide to Land Use", Land Tenure & Land Protection Tools" and “Cranes of China”.