Michael McManus
Michael McManusInternational Trade and Development Specialist
Michael is a highly skilled policy analyst, aspiring polyglot and world traveller. Michael has visited nearly 40 countries spread across five continents. He speaks French fluently and has studied several other languages as part of his interest in world cultures, peoples, and languages. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Nebraska, USA. At Anteja, he helps with research and development policies for the World Bank Group’s projects.

For 13 years, Michael worked at the European Parliament as an expert in international trade and development. He was a senior policy adviser to a Parliamentary Group, and regularly attended committees, seminars, plenaries, and workshops relevant to his role. In particular, he focused on the use of statistical and economic diagnostic tests to measure the impact of trade and development policies in developing countries. This has included measuring the role of economic underdevelopment in resource-rich countries in the Global South. He also worked on projects where access to data was incomplete, unreliable, or unavailable and used proxy measures to develop a picture for policy makers.

During his time as a policy analyst, he became particularly interested in trade-based assistance schemes for developing countries, such as the Generalised System of Preference, “Aid for Trade” and “Anything But Arms” initiatives. He also analysed EU Association Agreements, Free Trade Agreements and other trade and development schemes between Europe and the Global South. He has completed analysis on the way that economic policies can sometimes unintentionally exacerbate extremism, incentivise corruption and lead to regional economic imbalances.

Michael completed his Master of Science Degree in International Development at Birmingham University, England via distance learning. He was awarded a Merit Award for the quality of his analysis of the role of resource rent over dependency in Arab Spring rebellions. This included a detailed analysis of how differences in education levels, public expenditure levels and gender equality differences could predispose states in the MENA region to undergo rebellions.