Title: Principal Associate
Education: ABD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Trade economist Stephen Parker specializes in Southeast Asia, where he has led USAID projects since 2001. He currently serves as Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Private Sector Development Activity in Yangon, Myanmar.
Before working in Myanmar, he supported the Lao PDR to make legislative and economic policy reforms and build institutional capacity to implement the U.S.-Lao PDR Bilateral Trade Agreement, helped Lao PDR accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and helped the country meet obligations in the ASEAN Economic Community. Similarly, he supported Vietnam’s successful implementation of the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement and accession to the WTO.
Mr. Parker previously worked at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, Japan, as the Chief Economist for the Asia Foundation, at USAID and the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, Indonesia, and at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington.