Zhang Yansheng is currently Secretary-general, and Ph.D. supervisor of the Academic Committee of the National Development and Reform Commission(NDRC). He is also a receiver of special government allowance from State Council.

From 1984 to 1996, he teached at Central University of Finance and Economics as Ph.D. in international finance. From 1986 to 1988, he was learning and working in University of colorado, University of Toronto and Macroeconomics & Growth Division of World Bank respectively. From 1996 to 2011, he worked at the Institute of Foreign Economy of the National Development and Reform Commission as Head of Research office, Deputy Director and Director, researcher, and Ph.D. supervisor in international economics. In 2012, he is appointed Secretary-general of Academic Committee of the National Development and Reform Commission. He is mainly engaged in the fields of international finance and international trade. He has presided over and participated in key research projects of the national social sciences for “Seventh Five-year” and “Eighth Five-year” plan, and key research projects for three national economy and social development planning which included “Tenth Five-Year Plan”, “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” and “Twelfth Five-Year Plan”.