Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs
Ma is one of China’s leading environmentalists, having started his career in the mid-1990s writing for the South China Morning Post. He is the author of the acclaimed book China’s Water Crisis, a landmark study of the water challenges in all seven major water basins in China. An environmental consultant, Ma founded directs (since 2006) the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. He led the effort to develop a China Water Pollution Map and a China Air Pollution Map, two public interfaces that display thousands of government-sourced pollution data and corporate violation records nationwide.