James Soukamneuth, Ph.D./23 March 2018
James currently acts as the Impact Investing Partnership Director at Investing in Women, an Initiative of the Australian Government. Prior to joining Investing in Women, He held senior roles with USAID, as a Foreign Service Officer (Private Enterprise), where he received a number of awards and distinctions.
Spanning the public and private sectors, James has over 15 years of experience in economics, finance, trade, investment and microfinance – across the Asia Pacific, West Africa, and North America. He honed his analytical skills as a Quantitative Analyst on Wall Street (Moody’s Investors Service, Credit Suisse) before transitioning to international development work. His passion for humanitarian causes has taken him from the Peace Corps (as a mathematics teacher), through the United Nations (internship at UNDP), into the field of microfinance, and many stops in between (non-profit work, impact investing, and development consultancy).
A Lao-American, James holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering; a Master’s degree in Development Planning; and a Ph.D. in Political Economy – all from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is fluent in English and French and conversant in Thai and Lao.