Professor Finn Tarp – Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor Tarp's main research interests deal with poverty, income distribution and growth; micro- and macroeconomic  policy and modelling; agricultural sector policy and planning; and international development assistance. He is a member of  the Danish Economic Association, the American Economic Association, and the Royal Economic Society and has carried out a  great variety of advisory and consultancy tasks, including work for academic institutions and bilateral as well as multilateral  agencies.

Professor James Riedel – Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Professor Riedel’s main research interest is in the area of international trade, finance and economic growth, with a regional focus on China and Vietnam. Professor Riedel has consulted for numerous international organisations and has published widely in professional journals. He is the author of the recently published “How China Grows: Investment, Finance, and Reform”, Princeton University Press 2007.

Mekong Economics Myanmar Associates:

Jared Bissinger - PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Mr. Bissinger's PhD research focuses on the business environment of Myanmar. Mr. Bissinger currently lives in Yangon where he is conducting quantitative and qualitative research about the investment and business climate. He has written about the Myanmar macro-economy, foreign direct investment to the country and the maritime boundary dispute with Bangladesh. His work has been published in Asia Policy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, World Politics Review, The Himal and The Diplomat. He consults with both private sector clients and international development agencies.