Health Impact Assessment and Special Economic Zones in the Greater Mekong Region


Special economic zones represent new communities, approximately 100 million people and workers and are the economic engines of Southeast Asia. During this session, I will share professional experience in working across several special economic zones within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). I will also introduce new work initiated by the Asian Development Bank that will fundamentally shift how SEZ development occurs.


Dr. Janis Shandro

Asian Development Bank HIA/SEZ Expert Consultant

She has a co-disciplined PhD in engineering and population health. Since graduating from UBC in 2011, her work and research has focused on identifying and managing community health and safety risks associated with large-scale development projects and industrial incidents globally. Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank as a consultant, she led community health and safety assessments, management and investments for one of Vietnam’s largest infrastructure projects.

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