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Max manages global business development activities at iDE HQ. He provides support for new business initiatives and program management in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. Prior to his current role, he spent a little over a year working from iDE’s country programs in Zambia, Ghana, and Ethiopia. He developed an interest in international development and design thinking while conducting ethnographic research with Sherpa communities in the Everest region of Nepal in 2011. He subsequently returned to Nepal on two more occasions during his academic career to work with Engineers Without Borders on water access improvement projects.

In 2017, Max became a Design Ambassador to embed innovation and design thinking at iDE's headquarters in Denver.  He has a B.S. in civil engineering and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Colorado.