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Senior Finance & Investment Advisor, Private Sector Engagement Practice B. James Soukamneuth

B. James Soukamneuth is a strategic and analytical professional with more than 20 years of experience working across the private and public sectors in North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, and West Africa. He brings experience in economics, trade, investment, concessional development and blended finance, gender lens investing, impact investing, ESG standards, statistical evaluation, and credit analysis. Throughout his career, James has shared his thought leadership in impact investing and gender lens investing through advisory roles, speaking engagements, webinars, publications, and research. James is fluent in English and French, and proficient in Thai and Lao. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in international planning and economic development from Cornell University.

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The Political Economy of Transition in Laos: from Peripheral Socialism to the Margins of Global Capital

The research paper, authored by Bounlonh Soukamneuth, is an examination of the transforming political and economic structure of Laos. The author uses the political economy and sociological lenses to explore these three core components of the government in Laos: the political structure, public administration, and fiscal management.

Closing The Gender Capital Gap In Southeast Asia Through Impact Investing

The paper discusses the gender capital gap in Southeast Asia and how the Investing in Woman Initiative addresses the socio-cultural barriers that limits women's economic potential.

Addressing Agriculture Market Dysfunctions Through Blended Finance With a Gender Lens

This report by Prachi Maheshari and James Soukamneuth outlines key strategies to improve women's economic participation in South East Asia.

Evolution of Microfinanance Investment Landscape and Reasons behind the growth of Social Investments

This report assesses the microfinance system and its socio-economic implications.

Investing in Women: Closing the Gender Capital Gap in Southeast Asia

The article discusses the gender gap when it comes to women-led businesses.

Productive Agribusiness: Reaping Its Unrealized Potential

The policy brief analyzes the agricultural sector and areas of opportunity.