Secretary-general completes team

Japan, the US, the Netherlands and Italy present the face of Secretary-General Angel Gurría’s newly appointed team of deputy secretaries-general (DSGs) to guide the OECD into the next era. Mari Amano will bring his 34 years of experience as a Japanese foreign affairs official to take charge of the Development Cluster and Policy Coherence dossier.
 Mari Amano©OECD/D.SterboulPrior to his current position as acting executive director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, Mr Amano worked on policy issues in macroeconomic management, trade friction, development aid, foreign investment, environment and energy, and was involved in a senior capacity at G8 meetings. Thelma Askey©OECD/Silvia ThompsonThe US diplomat and international trade and economic specialist, Thelma Askey, will be in charge of Global Relations. Since 2001, Ms Askey has been director of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) during which she expanded private sector participation in USTDA’s development and technical assistance projects and established greater reliance on public-private partnerships. Aart Jan de Geus ©OECD/OECD/D.SterboulAart Jan de Geus was minister of social affairs and employment in the Netherlands before his OECD appointment to head the Political Economy of Reform. During his four-year tenure, Mr de Geus notably turned the Dutch social security system into an activating system where citizens, employers and local authorities take their own responsibilities. Pier Carlo Padoan©DRThe Italian national, Pier Carlo Padoan, will contribute to developing the Future Strategic Vision of the OECD and will be in charge of relations with other international organisations. Mr Padoan is currently professor of economics at University La Sapienza in Rome and director of the Fondazione Italianieuropei, and has previously served as the Italian executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and as economic advisor to the Italian prime ministers from 1998 to 2001.“The breadth of international experience and expertise of this new team will be of real benefit in our current work and in setting our agenda in the years ahead,” Mr Gurría said.OECD Observer N°260, March 2007  


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