Samuel Pursch is Associate Director in Vriens & Partners’ Hanoi office where he advises international blue-chip firms across sectors on Vietnam’s regulatory and commercial context.
Prior to joining Vriens’ & Partners, Samuel was co-founder and director of Andaman Research & Advisory, a socio-economic research and political risk advisory firm based in Yangon, Myanmar. From Andaman’s founding in 2015, Samuel managed projects for a variety of clients including international hydropower and mobile finance investors, The World Bank, and a range of international NGOs. Andaman’s work ranged from detailed stakeholder assessments to field research activities, including large-scale surveys, to policy recommendations for international actors working to address Myanmar’s myriad of conflict issues.
While in Myanmar, Samuel was a co-author for the World Bank’s Policy Research Paper on Myanmar’s Social Transformation and contributing author to several subscription-based analysis services.
Earlier, Samuel was based in London where he worked as a political risk analyst and later an associate for boutique consultancies focused on West Africa and Southeast Asia.
Samuel holds a master’s degree in War Studies: Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, and a BA in International Politics from The George Washington University. He was a visiting student at Pembroke College, Oxford University. While in Washington, DC he interned on Capitol Hill and for an appropriations lobbyist, and later worked for a DC business intelligence provider.