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James X. Zhan

Director, Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

PhD in International Economics. Three decades of experience in the areas of trade, investment, technology, business facilitation and enterprise development, including directing policy research, multilateral consensus-building and technical assistance to over 160 governments. Led the formulation of global guidelines for a new generation of investment policies (the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development, and the Roadmap for Reforming International Investment Regime), and the establishment of UNCTAD World Investment Forum. Drafted G20 Guiding Principles for Global Investment Policy-making, and facilitated the negotiations. Currently, Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise Issues, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); concurrently also Chief Editor, UN’s annual World Investment Report. Holds a number of advisory positions with academic institutions, including at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Columbia University and Geneva University. Has published extensively on trade- and investment-related economic and legal issues. Regular guest speaker at high-profile academic, business and policy forums, as well as parliamentary hearings. Appears frequently in international media outlets