Globally minded, culturally curious, political thinker
Mitch Hayes is a political-economic analyst and advisor, and founder of two widely-read newsletters, "The China Signal", and "Mundo". Both are read by diplomats, investors, journalists, and political risk analysts throughout the world. The China Signal combines his China knowledge with his experience in Latin America, while Mundo focuses on broader political risk themes.
Previously, he was the advisor to the Hon. Kevin Rudd AC, former prime minister of Australia, at the Asia Society Policy Institute, where he focused on China’s political economy and foreign relations. Before this, he was the advisor to the US Consul General in Sydney, covering economic and political issues in Australia and the region. Mitch also worked for J.P. Morgan in Sydney, and the hedge fund Brevet Capital in New York.
His analysis has been published by The Lowy Institute, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Oxford Analytica. Mitch has a Master of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Masters in Health Economics from the University of Queensland.
PUBLICATIONS & Analysis
MY LATEST WORK
WHAT IS MUNDO?
Mundo is your portal into current political and economic themes. The newsletter has a readership of US diplomats and government officials; business leaders in the US, Latin America and Australia; and political risk analysts.
2020 - Present
Contributor to the “Daily Brief” for paid subscribers, covering North American and Australian politics and economics.
THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
MSc International Political Economy
Specialised in Political Economy, US, Chinese, and Australian Foreign and Economic Policy.
Completed dissertation on the impact of the global financial crisis on Australian grand strategy.
2020 - Present
Founder and Writer
Founder of “Mundo”, a newsletter focusing on topical political and economic themes, read by diplomats, finance professionals, and political risk analysts through the United States, Latin America, and Australia.
ASIA SOCIETY POLICY INSTITUTE
Advisor to Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia
Drafted speeches and articles for one of the world’s leading China experts, and an internationally recognised leader on climate change and multilateral reform. Delivered at major settings such as The Pentagon, West Point, international conferences and published in international media.
Provided daily analysis on major international political and economic issues, with a special focus on China's economy and US-China relations.
Pitched and liaised with major international media such as CNN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, ABC Australia, New York Times, Financial Times, Nikkei Asian Review. Co-managed Mr. Rudd's social media.
Chief liaison for Mr. Rudd’s roles as chair/board member to foreign policy think tanks, global health, and peace & security organisations, preparing speeches, briefings, and providing trusted counsel.
U.S. CONSULATE - SYDNEY
Political and Economic Advisor
Provided daily analysis to the U.S. Consul General on Australian and regional political and economic issues.
Accompanied the Consul General and Chargé d’Affaires to meetings with federal and state politicians and business leaders, providing briefings and talking points.
Wrote over ten cables on state and federal politics, economics, science and technology, which were widely distributed within the State Department.
Served as site officer for a number of high-level visits and meetings, including the 2017 Australia-United States Ministerial consultations (AUSMIN), the highest bilateral meeting between Australia’s Ministers for Foreign Affairs & Defence and the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defence.
ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT
Interviewed and reported on European Migration specialists and data collection for a client project
International Commercial Banking Analyst
Led research for the team’s bankers, including financial statement analysis, credit profile, company background, industry analysis, macroeconomic analysis and relationship overview
Performed deal structuring, due diligence, and asset-based credit analysis on over 30 transactions
Performed in-depth industry research and financial modelling for the investment committee
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Graduate Diploma - International Relations
ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT
Published EIU pieces “Australia’s Murray inquiry could transform industry”, and “Thai banks may spurn SME loan pleas”
Australian Consulate (New York), the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, Nomura’s investment bank, the Global Business Coalition on Health, Access Now