I am a development finance professional based in Bangkok, Thailand. I hold a PhD in development studies from the National Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, which I wrote under the guidance of Kaoru Sugihara.
My research focuses on Tokyo’s post-war urban economic history in particular and urban development studies in general. I have an article out with Social Science Journal Japan that summarizes some of my findings; and several others are in the works. I was also an adjunct professor at Temple University Japan, where I taught classes on political economy, development economics, cities, and Tokyo.
Besides my academic research, I work on book projects. I am one of the authors of Architectural Guide Yangon (DOM publishers, 2015), a “sumptuous, evocative book (that) captures the energies of a city in the midst of rapid change”, according to Sunil Amrith of Harvard University. Read more about it here. We are hoping to wrap up a second edition sometime in 2020, although Corona will make on-site research challenging. I would also like to one day write a book about Benjamin Polk and Raglan Squire’s work in Yangon.
Previously, I worked in finance and as a political analyst for Shell and had stints at several international financial institutions. Right now I spend most of my daytime analyzing banks for the Asian Development Bank’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program. I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from SOAS and Cambridge University, respectively.
Please get in touch – my email address is written “hello” at my domain name.