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

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

    Research reports

  3. The climate and trade nexus in Africa

    Research reports

  4. Investor-state dispute settlement and economic recovery in Africa


  5. Ag‑platforms as disruptors in value-chains: evidence from Uganda

    Research reports

  6. Africa Industrialisation Day: how to support African manufacturing during the Covid-19 recovery

  7. Post-Brexit trade for development: an unfulfilled promise

  8. Developing country trade access after Brexit: the UK’s plans for the Generalized System of Preferences

    Research reports

  9. Africa trade and Covid‑19: the supply chain dimension

    Working papers

  10. Covid-19's impact on supply chains hits African trade hard, with GDP shrinking for the first time in twenty-five years

    Press Release

  11. Disruptive technologies in agricultural value chains: insights from East Africa

    Working papers

  12. Increasing UK investment in Africa


  13. Africa and the United Kingdom: challenges and opportunities to expand UK investments

    Research reports

  14. An agenda for Europe in the world

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Lessons from the African Continental Free Trade Area

  16. Don’t wait for Brexit to be resolved, there’s much more to do now

  17. Brexit and global development

  18. Five new ways to promote African industrialisation

  19. ‘AgTech’ disruptors in East African value chains


  20. Reviewing DFID's new single departmental plan