New deputy secretary-general

OECD Observer

Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir of Iceland joined the OECD as one of its four deputy secretaries-general on 2 September. The three other deputy secretaries-general are Richard Hecklinger of the United States, Seiichi Kondo of Japan and Herwig Schlögl of Germany.

Ms Ásgeirsdóttir came from the Icelandic social affairs ministry, where as secretary-general she led work in sectors including employment, social services, housing, migration and refugee issues, gender equality and child welfare.

Until 1999 she was secretary-general of the Nordic Council, a co-operation body based in Copenhagen and serving the parliaments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, where she implemented major reforms.

©OECD Observer No 234, October 2002

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