Ashok Menon

Principal Associate


M.A., International Trade, the Monterey Institute of International Studies
B.A., University of California at San Diego


For the past 16 years, Mr. Menon has been helping developing countries identify trade capacity building needs, understand trading rules and institutions, benefit from the world trading system, improve their business environments, and pursue economic reforms. He supports business development and provides short-term technical assistance at Nathan. Previously he served as Chief of Party for the LUNA II project. He was Deputy Chief of Party and a Resident Adviser at the Ministry of Trade for the Support for Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia (USAID-SEADI) program, which aims to improve economic policy framework for growth, job creation, and poverty reduction.

As Chief of Party for the Mozambique Trade and Investment Project, he helped build trade capacity at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, helped Mozambique join the Integrated Framework, assisted with interministerial coordination on trade policy, assisted with improvements in the country’s business environment, and worked with the Confederation of Mozambican Associations (CTA) to address policy constraints on growth from a private sector perspective. As COP, he oversaw more than 40 activities, from institutional strengthening of the CTA to studies of the financial sector, taxation, transport, business registration and licensing, customs, labor law, bankruptcy law, procurement, total factor productivity, textiles and apparel, and competition policy.

Earlier, as a trade specialist with the Support for Trade Capacity Building Activities project, he helped devise pro-poor trade policies, build institutional capacity for trade functions, promote public–private dialogue on trade, advance understanding of trade liberalization and compliance with WTO agreements, conduct country-level trade diagnostics, and mainstream trade into poverty reduction strategies.

Mr. Menon co-authored The Limits of Competition Policy Limits To Antitrust Competition Policy in Developing Countries; was a main author for the Integrated Framework Diagnostic Trade Integration Study for Mozambique, and numerous articles and briefing papers on the Doha development agenda, agriculture and the views of developing countries, services and the views of developing countries, and statistical data for international trade in services. He prepared and delivered training on WTO services negotiations to various ministries and the private sector in Indonesia and South Africa under the Partnership for Economic Growth (PEG) and the Support for Economic Growth and Analysis (SEGA) projects. He also designed numerous trade-related technical assistance programs for developing countries.

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