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Paul Baker

Chief Executive – Head of Consultancy

Founder of the company, Paul oversees the company’s research team and consultancy work.


Trade Negotiations & Policy, International Macroeconomics, Investment, Quantitative Analysis and Private Sector Development

About Paul

Paul currently manages the company’s research activities and heads its consultancy arm. As of 2013, he is consulting for the European Commission as a key expert on the effective design of trade and private sector development programmes (Senegal, Belgium and Nicaragua); supporting the Southern African Development Community in the implementation of the Regional Economic Integration Support programme and serving as team leader for the operational design of the €32 million Trade Related Facility; managing the implementation of European Commission programmes on trade in Myanmar; working as a key expert in trade diagnostic research for the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO in Myanmar; and consulting as a macro- and trade economist for the Government of Curacao.

Paul has held leading roles as a trade policy and negotiations advisor in over 60 countries, including as Mission Chief for the World Bank’s Integrated Framework in Mali; Senior Economist for the United Nations; Director and Chief Technical Advisor for projects funded by the European Union in Africa; Trade Negotiations Expert for the European Commission in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific; Economist with the UNDP for the black sea region; and as a trainer in quantitative analysis in Vietnam, Brazil, Tanzania, etc. He has twenty years professional experience in this field and has lived in 14 different countries.

Paul obtained an MSc (Econ) in Economics of the Asia Pacific Region from the University of London (SOAS) and a Maitrise in Financial Engineering from the Université de Nantes (France). He undertook doctoral studies in International Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and in International Monetary Economics at Université de Paris 1-Sorbonne (France). He completed Executive Programmes in Trade Policy and Negotiations, Management Strategy and Financial Management at Harvard Business School and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and in Complex Dynamic Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  • Bilingual in English and French
  • Knowledge of Spanish.