Yi Zhuangfang holds a PhD in Ecology from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has worked as a researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia Programme for four years. She currently is a postdoc research fellow at The Morton Arboretum in Chicago, USA and also serves as a lead consultant on a joint programme between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the UK Department of International Development on Sustainable Rubber in Asia.
Yi is also the daughter of smallholding rubber farmers in a small Dai village about two kilometres from XTBG, where the conference will be held. She has been studying rubber-monoculture-related ecological and economic questions using geospatial methods and meta-data analysis since 2009, and works on developing risk mitigation schemes and guidelines for sustainable and responsible natural rubber cultivation and investment in Asia. Yi is also developing an interactive web map application for risk mitigation for sustainable and responsible rubber cultivation and investment in the Asian tropics.