Professor, School of Ecology & Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University Professor LEI Guangchun has 30 years’ experience in wetland ecology and migratory bird conservation. He worked in government and NGO sectors; and then became Dean of the School of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University since 2007, after his commitment as Senior Advisor for the Asia and Oceania region in Ramsar Convention Secretariat. Prof. Lei was one of the initiators of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), which was launched in November in 2006. He is the principal scientist in nomination of World Heritage on “the Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China”, and has also made substantial contributions to related national policy, including National Strategies on Ecosystem Management (2011); the National Biological Carbon Sink Strategy (2015); and National Coastal Wetland Conservation Strategies 2018). He also has an active role in several professional associations and committees including: Chair of STRP, Ramsar Convention; Chair of the Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force, EAAFP; advisor of EAAF Science Unit; Vice Chair of China National Wetland Science Committee; Review Panel member of National Nature Reserves, State Council of China, etc. For his outstanding leadership in wetland science, conservation and awareness raising, Prof. Lei won the Luc Hoffmann Medal in 2018.