Paul Baker is an international trade economist and founder of International Economics Consulting Ltd, a Mauritian-based independent management consultancy firm. Established in 2013, the firm is specialised in advisory services in data analytics, market intelligence, trade agreements and creating value through global production networks. The firm is composed of a multidisciplinary team of economists, legal advisers, public affairs specialists, business analysts and data scientists, speaking 16 languages, with antennas in Australia, Belgium, Ethiopia and Vietnam.
Paul heads the firm’s consultancy practice and research team, which employ the latest techniques in quantitative analysis and economic modelling (macro, micro, partial and general equilibrium), as well as legal, regulatory and policy assessments. In collaboration with IBM’s cognitive team, International Economics has developed a series of customised analytical and algorithmic tools, combining structured and unstructured data for identifying trade and investment insights. The platforms developed offer real time dashboards, necessary for supply chain management and strategic decisions.
Paul obtained an MSc (Econ) in economics from SOAS University of London, and a Maîtrise ès Sciences Economiques in financial engineering from the University of Nantes (France). He followed postgraduate courses in international economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain and Université de Paris 1–Sorbonne. He also completed executive programmes in trade policy, management and strategy at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and more recently, in systems engineering and big data analytics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Paul has lectured in quantitative analysis, game theory and negotiations for master’s classes at universities in Brazil, Spain and Vietnam. He has been lecturer at the faculty of the University of Barcelona’s IELPO LLM since 2013. He is the author of numerous books and articles on multilateral trade negotiations and a frequent speaker at international conferences and events. Paul is bilingual in English and French.
With over 20 years’ consulting experience, Paul has held leading roles as a trade adviser in 65 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, including: mission chief at the World Bank´s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Division; lead and chief technical adviser in trade negotiations; key expert to the CARICOM Office for Trade Negotiations; and senior economist for various UN agencies, such as UNDP, UNCTAD and ITC (UNCTAD/WTO). His experience includes undertaking diagnostic trade studies, value chain analyses and working on private sector trade finance, market access and trade remedy cases. He has been the lead author for a number of sustainable impact assessments for EU FTAs. He has been an expert on different working groups and task forces, including the OECD Trade in Services task force and IMF/World Bank Balance of Payments working party.
International Economics has provided consulting services in over 30 countries worldwide covering economic and market analysis, trade promotion, private sector development, and project evaluation, particularly in Africa and Asia. Using big data analytics to gain insights, the firm advises its clients in export strategies, value chain metrics and global production networks in emerging markets; customs compliance and trade facilitation; trade negotiations and the benefits of free trade agreements; macroeconomic surveillance tools; monitoring and impact evaluation of trade and regional integration; and quality infrastructure and assurance, and certification, including TBT/SPS compliance.
WWL says: Paul Baker's "analytical work is impressive and he makes use of rigorous and up-to-date trade tools for strategic decision-making.”
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