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Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

Principal Research Fellow

  • International Economic Development Group
Portrait of Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

Max is a trade economist and former agriculture trade official in Argentina with more than fourteen years of experience. He specialises in the analysis of multilateral and regional trade policies in agriculture and NAMA. He has worked in the analysis of regional trade agreements and unilateral preferences.

Max provided trade and trade policy analysis to support the negotiations associated with the WTO Agreement on Agriculture during the initial stages of the Doha Development Round. He worked in the evaluation of the WTO negotiation proposals (modalities) on market access, domestic support and export competition and on their effects on food security.  He studied the poverty and income distribution effects during his time at the Inter-American Development Bank.

He has worked in the assessment of regional trade agreements and is experienced in the analysis of the effects of preferential regimes and free trade areas on excluded countries. In particular, he has analysed the effects on vulnerable countries of the mega-regional trade agreements.

He has also been involved in the delivery of training courses for Government Officials and other practitioners on trade policy analysis in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, The Gambia, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam. He has worked in the study of the trade and investment relationships of China and Britain in Kenya and South Africa; the trade relations between India and Pakistan; the evaluation of Indian trade and trade policy in the context of value chains; and the analysis of the effects of trade barriers on value chains within CEFTA members. He has provided advised to many organisations including the European Commission, DFID, FAO, UNECE, UNCTAD and GIZ among others. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex.

  1. WTO MC12: the best result is not what has been achieved, but what has been avoided

  2. Overview of Kenya–China bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Overview of trade between Kenya and members of the East African Community (EAC)

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Overview of trade between Kenya and the European Union

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Overview of trade between Kenya and the rest of Africa (ROA)

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Overview of Kenya–US bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Overview of Kenya–India bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. Promoting Kenyan exports: a country- and product-specific analysis

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Overview of UK–Kenya bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. The role of the AfCFTA in promoting a resilient recovery in Africa

    Research reports

  11. Our thoughts on COP26 – reflections on the Glasgow Climate Pact

  12. Carbon markets and standards: a new agenda for LDC negotiators

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Importing for development: reforming the UK’s trade preferences

  14. A G7 trade and investment plan to promote prosperity

  15. Ending the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

  16. Making the G7 summit a success


  17. The EU’s Trade Policy Review – and the five debates it triggers

  18. Three expert views on the World Trade Organization’s new Director-General nomination

  19. E-commerce in preferential trade agreements: implications for African firms and the AfCFTA

    Research reports

  20. The climate and trade nexus in Africa

    Research reports