Max Lawson

Max is Head of Global Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam GB, focusing on humanitarian and conflict issues, financing for development, and campaigning.

Max studied at the University of Sussex in the UK, and lived and worked for three years in South Africa and then in Malawi. In his time at Oxfam since 2002, he has worked in their policy support to country programmes, in advocacy and campaigns, and has led their International’s policy work on development finance and on education and health.

As part of his country support, he has visited and worked with over 25 country programmes across the world. He has experience in organisational development, tax, structural adjustment, aid quantity and quality, macro-economics, governance, agriculture policy, social protection, HIV and AIDS, health, education and water.

In his work for campaigns and advocacy, he has specialised in the World Bank and IMF (International Monetary Fund), and also on the G8 and G20. He was heavily involved in the Make Poverty History campaign in 2005 and is currently playing a key role in the campaign for a Financial Transaction Tax, or the ‘Robin Hood Tax’.