James Soukamneuth

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About James Soukamneuth
  • Impact Investing Director, Investing in Women

James currently serves as the Impact Investing Director of Investing in
Women, an initiative of the Australian Government in Southeast Asia. Working with
impact investors, he develops blended finance instruments to move capital with a gender
lens to the region in support of women-owned and women-led SMEs.

Prior to joining Investing in Women, James held economic roles with USAID, as a
Foreign Service Officer (Private Enterprise), where he received a number of awards and
distinctions through tours in the Philippines and West Africa. Spanning the public and
private sectors, he has over 15 years of international experience in economics, trade,
and investments. James honed his analytical skills as a quantitative analyst on Wall
Street (at Credit Suisse and Moody’s Investors Service). But his passion for
humanitarian causes has taken him from the Peace Corps (as a mathematics teacher),
into the field of microfinance, and many stops in between (non-profit work, impact
investing, and development consultancy).

A Lao-American, James holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Cornell University in
Ithaca, New York. He is fluent in English and French and conversant in Thai and Lao.