Born in 1957. National of China. Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Mental Health Institute, Central South University, Changsha, China. Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Psychosocial Factors, Substance Abuse and Health. Currently serving as Chair, Education Committee of the Asian-Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research, and as President, Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Chinese Association of Addiction Medicine.
Bachelor of Medicine, Anhui Medical University; Master's and Doctorate degrees of Psychiatry, Hunan Medical University.
Previously held positions as Scientist, Substance Abuse Department, WHO, Geneva (1999-2000); Medical Officer, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO, Western Pacific Region, and President, Chinese Psychiatrist Association (2008-2011). Membership in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation, WHO (2000-2004). Currently holding membership of the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems, WHO (2006-present); and member of the Working Group on the Classification of Substance Abuse for the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), WHO (2011-present).
Recipient of research support from various bodies at the national level (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science and Technology, National Natural Science Foundation) and at the international level (WHO and the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the United States of America). Coordinator of a series of WHO/China workshops on addictive behaviour. Member of the Expert Committee of the national project on mental health services in communities in China. Consultant for the development, implementation and evaluation of China's mental health law, and for the development of the anti-drug law and regulations in China.
Published over 400 academic articles and 50 books on alcohol and drug dependence. Selected recent publications in peer-reviewed journals include the following: "Longitudinal surveys of prevalence rates and use patterns of illicit drugs at selected high-prevalence areas in China from 1993 to 2000", Addiction (2004); "Drug policy in China: progress and challenges", Lancet (2014); "Alcohol and the sustainable development goals", Lancet (2016); "Transition of China's drug policy: problems in practice" Addiction (2015); "Improving drug addiction treatment in China", Addiction (2007); "Stigmatization of people with drug dependence in China: a community-based study in Hunan province", Drug Alcohol Dependence (2013); and "Drinking and drinking patterns and health status in the general population of five areas of China", Alcohol & Alcoholism (2004).
Member of the International Narcotics Control Board (since 2015) . Member of the Committee on Finance and Administration (2015). Member of the Standing Committee on Estimates (since 2015). Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Estimates (2016).
 Elected by the Economic and Social Council on 17 November 2014.