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.