5th Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development – Setting reforms in motion to boost sustainable investment


James Zhan


Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise


James Zhan is senior director of investment and enterprise at the United Nations Organization on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is editor-in-chief of the World Investment Report and the Transnational Corporations journal. He chairs the Governing Board of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, with all major stock exchanges worldwide as partners. He also co-chairs the Executive Board of UN Family Business for Sustainable Development Initiative (in partnership with FBNi); as well as co-chairs the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones. He has provided policy advice to numerous governments (including heads of states and cabinets) and parliaments, and to global summits (e.g. G20, BRICS). He led the formulation of global guidelines for a new generation of investment policies used in over 130 countries. He created the World Investment Forum in 2008 and has led it to become the largest and most prominent global platform for the investment and development stakeholders worldwide. He is chief strategist for the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, and Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum. He has held several advisory positions in academic institutions, including at Cambridge University, Columbia University, Cornell University and Oxford University. He has extensive publications on investment, trade and technology related economic and legal issues.

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