Matthew oversees the organization’s work across the Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East and North Africa regions, spanning over a dozen countries.
Matthew is a lawyer and policy advisor focusing on extractive sector law and policy, with special expertise on mining and petroleum legal and fiscal regimes, contract negotiations and financial modeling. He previously headed the law and economics team at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). He has served as both legal and financial advisor to a number of government bodies through the negotiation and renegotiation of complex investment agreements, the design of major mineral rights tenders and oil licensing rounds, the drafting of petroleum and mining legislation, and various policy reform processes. He has also worked with international organizations, research institutes and development agencies on a variety of research and training projects. Matthew has experience working in Armenia, China, D.R. Congo, France, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
From 2003 to 2005, Matthew was international and corporate tax counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Prior to that, he advised a number of large multinational companies as an attorney specializing in complex transactional tax matters at a Washington D.C. law firm.
Matthew has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.A. in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).