Max Roser is the Professor of Practice in Global Data Analytics at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. 

He is also the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development at the University’s Oxford Martin School. His research focuses on large global problems, including poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, existential risks, and war.

Max is also the founder and director of Our World in Data. This award-winning online publication, which he started building in 2011, presents data and research on the world’s largest problems. It is produced as a public good, all work is freely available to allow everyone to understand global problems and how to make progress against them. In addition to Our World in Data, he also built the SDG-Tracker and the Chartbook of Economic Inequality. 

His work has significantly influenced public understanding and policy discussions by being widely used by international organisations, governments, universities, and the media. Millions of people visit Our World in Data every month, and his work is cited thousands of times every year in academic publications. Media outlets around the world, including The BBC, The Guardian, The Economist, and The New York Times, cite Our World in Data frequently.

He also regularly advises decision-makers: on invitation by Secretary-General António Guterres, he presented his work at a retreat of the heads of the UN agencies. Throughout his career, he has served in various advisory capacities with a range of organisations, including the UNDP's Statistical Advisory Panel, the UK Government (on health, education, and technology), and the World Bank. 

Vox included him in their ‘Future Perfect 50’-list of thinkers who are “building a better future”. Prospect Magazine listed him as one of the World’s Top 50 Thinkers

Max has a BSc in geoscience, a BA and an MA in philosophy, an MSc in economics, and a doctorate from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is originally from Kirchheimbolanden, Germany.

His personal website is