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OEB speaker Maximilian Jarrett

Maximilian Jarrett

Former Radio Presenter, BBC World Service, United Kingdom

Mr. Maximilian Jarrett, a dual British-Liberian national has over thirty-three years of professional experience in international economic and political affairs, multilateral government relations, and strategic communications. Since 2001, he has worked in several international organisations in a range of executive office roles, with a core focus on managing executive office institutional partnerships, strategy formulation, policy analysis and programme delivery. In July 2023, he was appointed as the new Director of Strategy and Delivery in the Office of the President of the African Development Bank Group.
As Africa Programme Manager in the division of Global Energy Relations at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2020-2022, he managed the Agency’s high level engagement across the African continent to support clean-energy transitions.
From 2018 to 2020, he was a co-coordinator of the Third Murdoch Commission of Murdoch University in Western Australia and co-lead author of the Commission’s 2021 report (Towards Inclusive Transitions on the Continent of Africa).
Prior to his engagement on the Third Commission, Maximilian served throughout 2017 as the final Director-in-charge of the Geneva-based Africa Progress Panel which was chaired by the late former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He began his professional life in August 1990 as an international broadcaster with the BBC World Service in Bush House, London.
He was born in Monrovia, Liberia.