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James Seward

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Senior Financial Sector Specialist

I work on financial sector development issues in the East Asia & Pacific region for the World Bank.  I have been working on a variety of policy issues, from state-owned banking reform to capital market development across many of the countries in the region, including Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. 
I joined the World Bank in 2002, first joining for a brief period as a consultant with the Financial Sector Development Department in the Europe and Central Asia Region.  I then moved to the World Bank office in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2003 and returned to Washington, DC to take on a more regional portfolio in 2005.  My prior professional experience was with the U.S. Treasury Department on economic and financial sanctions compliance, inspections, and enforcement, and with the U.S. State Department working on foreign policy towards Egypt and North Africa.  I have a graduate degree from the Kennedy School of Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from James Madison University.  To summarize my personal background – I am a native Washingtonian, I live in Arlington, Virginia, I am married with two young daughters, and enjoy any kind of boating.