I was educated at Oxford and London Universities and  Cranfield School of Management and hold degrees in Modern Languages, Latin-American Studies (History and Economic History), and Business. I have been variously a periodical and book publisher, a freelance journalist, a university teacher, the artistic director of a theatre company, a British Council Overseas Career Service Officer and a management consultant. During a long period of residence in Mexico, I founded and co-directed a bi-lingual theatre, gave university-level courses in English Literature and Economic History,  and was the first editor of a Spanish-language journal published by  CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas). I have written plays in both English and Spanish, a novel - The chocolate Man –  published in Canada by Cormorant Press (1995) and selected as a “Book at Bedtime” by CBC Radio. Non-fiction writings include commissioned books on Brazil and Colombia, the ‘Latin American’ volume of Purnell’s ‘History of the Twentieth Century’, and many articles and shorter pieces. I have also translated several book-length works from French and Spanish into English.

After cutting my teeth as a management consultant with Woods Gordon (now part of Ernst & Young) in Toronto, I became the founding partner of  Fox Jones & Associates, and helped to run it for twenty years. As a consultant, I have conducted assignments for both public and private sector clients throughout North and South America,  in India, Africa and Europe.  I have been an adviser on Latin-America to both the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency.  In addition to my native English, I speak fluent Spanish, Portuguese and French.

A political radical, I believe that capitalism in its present form is unworkable in the long term, and that globalization - its creature -  will eventually destroy it. I also believe that Free Trade, in the version foisted on the world by the West and its agencies (the WTO, The World Bank and the IMF), is inimical to the interests of the poor and should be vigorously resisted. A far better mantra for developing countries - indeed for the world and its environment - would be "make what you can and buy what you must". Under such a regime, trade would serve people's needs rather than being an instrument of market domination.  I will be posting material on this and related subjects elsewhere on this site.

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