Max Bankole Jarrett

Deputy Director of the Africa Progress Panel

Max Bankole Jarrett is the Deputy Director of the Africa Progress Panel. He has over twenty-four years of professional experience in the field of political and socio-economic affairs as an international broadcaster, writer and analyst in the media sector; and, as an Executive Office aide, speech writer and team leader in the United Nations system. His most recent duties as a UN officer included serving as an Adviser to the Executive Director of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), a policy-oriented think tank that brings together a range of stakeholders to promote dialogue, and, provides a platform for African voices to be heard.

Between 1990 and 2001 Max worked with the BBC World Service in London, editing, producing and presenting “Network Africa” and “Focus on Africa”, the BBC’s award winning daily current affairs radio programmes for its African audience. During that period, he also wrote country analyses and reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Max is currently a member of the Governing Council of Africa 2.0, a Pan-African Civil Society network of young and emerging leaders from Africa and the Diaspora. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Washington DC-based Center for Sustainable Development in Africa.

Max received his B.Sc (Hons) in Economics in 1990 from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his M.A in African Studies (Specialism: The Political Economy of Tropical Africa) in 1996, from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He was born not very far from the Atlantic Ocean in Monrovia, Liberia.
Follow Max on Twitter @mbankolej

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