James Zhan, Director of the Investment and Enterprise Division

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James_Jhan_02.jpgJames Zhan is senior Director of Investment and Enterprise at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He also leads the preparation of the annual UN World Investment Report.

Dr. Zhan has rich experience at national and international level in the areas of trade, investment, technology, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, business facilitation and national development strategies. He has directed extensive research on investment trends and policies, global consensus-building on key emerging issues, and technical assistance to governments (including at cabinet level), parliaments and institutions in over 160 countries.

He led the formulation of global guidelines for a new generation of investment policies, including the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development, and the Roadmap for Reforming International Investment Governance. He facilitated the formulation of G20 Summit outcomes on investment issues in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017. He initiated the establishment of the UNCTAD World Investment Forum.

Dr. Zhan is Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum, and chief strategist for the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. He is also chief editor of the journal Transnational Corporations. He has held a number of advisory positions with academic institutions, including Cambridge University, Columbia University, Oxford University and the University of Geneva. He has published extensively on trade and investment-related economic and legal issues. He is a regular speaker at high-level policy, academic and business forums, as well as parliamentary hearings. He appears frequently in international media outlets.


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