Yao Li

SIA Energy

Yao Li. Yao is the CEO at SIA with over 16 years of experience in Chinese energy policy and the oil and gas sector.  She has a deep understanding of the structure, drivers and dynamics of the Chinese government, Chinese national oil companies, and Chinese service companies. Yao advises SIA clients on entry opportunities, partnership strategies, and oil and gas policy, with an expertise in upstream competition and partnership and PSC terms.

Prior to co-founding SIA, Yao served as Senior Director and Head of PFC Energy (acquired by IHS in 2013)’s China office. With PFC Energy for nearly eight years, she led the expansion the firm’s China subscriptions and consulting business, while establishing a valuable network in China’s energy industry along the way. She was responsible for the development and launch of the China Advisory Service and oversaw the establishment of the firm’s Beijing office. 

Yao also worked in the private sector in Oman for six years, where she was exposed to the technical side of the oil industry and the economic needs and priorities of the Gulf States. She introduced the polymer flooding practice from Daqing oil field as an enhanced oil recovery technology to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in 1999, which led to large scale collaboration between CNPC and PDO in the early 2000s. 

Prior to Oman, Yao served the Chinese National Economic and Trade Commission (NETC), a Chinese central government agency for two years.  At that the time, the NETC was in charge of overseeing the energy sector but was later merged with the National Planning Commission to form the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).  

Yao holds a M.S. degree from the Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Laws degree in International Politics from Renmin University of China.

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