It is with great sorrow that I learned today that Max Watson, Director of the Political Economy and Financial Markets Programme at St. Antony’s College Oxford has passed away.
Max had a brilliant mind, an amazing sense of humour and was a very nice person. A very rare combination of characteristics.
My condolences and thoughts go to his family.
Max will be greatly missed.
Visiting Fellow, St Antony’s College
Max Watson is a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College and programme director for the Political Economy of Financial Markets. He also co-ordinates political economy work on South East Europe under the SEESOX programme. He was until recently a director of the Central Bank of Ireland, and research director at the consultancy John Howell & Co Ltd. His career began in the Bank of England, where he was a manager in banking supervision and an adviser on international affairs. He then worked as chief of the IMF’s International Capital Markets Division, later becoming a Deputy Director of the Fund. He spent five years at the European Commission, where he was adviser on financial stability issues to the Director-General of Economic and Financial Affairs. Max Watson is also a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Trustee of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society.