Title: Principal Associate
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Education: M.A., International Trade, The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly known as the Monterey Institute of International Studies)
B.A., Communications and Law, University of California at San Diego
Ashok Menon has specialized since 1999 in helping countries achieve inclusive economic growth through increased trade. He assists developing countries facilitate trade through building trade capacity, understanding the rules of WTO and other trade agreements, improving the business environment, and pursuing economic reforms. He is particularly adept at fostering public-private dialogue to formulate economic policy.
Mr. Menon has held leadership positions and served as trade adviser on multiple USAID projects, including Chief of Party in Lao PDR and Mozambique, and Deputy Chief of Party in Indonesia, often providing support at the ministerial level. His assignments for USAID and others have taken him to almost two-dozen countries, and he has extensive Africa and Asia experience. Among the many skills he applied in this work, Mr. Menon oversaw or otherwise supported industry and sector studies, business surveys, and trade diagnostics.
He has written or co-authored numerous article and briefing papers. He is co-author, with A.E. Rodriguez, of the book The Limits of Competition Policy: The Shortcomings of Antitrust in Developing and Reforming Countries (International Competition Law Series), Wolters Kluwer, June 2010 [Hardcover].