James X. Zhan

James X. Zhan
  • Director, Investment and Enterprise
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

James Zhan is Director of Investment and Enterprise at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He also leads the team that publishes the UN annual World Investment Report. Dr. Zhan has 26 years of national and international experience in the areas of trade, investment, technology business facilitation and enterprise development, including directing policy research, international consensusbuilding and technical assistance to more than 160 governments. He led the formulation of guidelines for a new generation of investment policies (the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development); and the establishment of the World Investment Forum. Dr. Zhan holds a number of advisory positions with academic institutions, including at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Columbia University and Geneva University. PhD in International Economics, he has published extensively on trade- and investment-related economic and legal issues. He is a regular guest speaker at high-profile academic, business and policy forums, as well as parliamentary hearings.