Since 2010 some of the world’s foremost thinkers–economists, historians, environmentalists, writers, artists, photographers–have come to the OECD to meet Secretary-General Angel Gurría and chat about the world over a relaxing cup of coffee.
People like Yanis Varoufakis, Mariana Mazzucato and Thomas Piketty, or indeed photographer Sebastiao Salgado, who challenge conventional wisdom, provoke fresh ways of thinking, and, like the OECD, are passionate about the future. After coffee, the conversation then opens out into a lively discussion with a packed audience of OECD experts. Launched in November 2010, the Coffees with the Secretary-General are a stimulating and enriching way of inspiring better policies for better lives.
Previous invitees to the Coffees with the Secretary-General
Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has been a tireless advocator for children’s rights for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation; the Global Campaign for Education, as well as the Global March Against Child Labor. He is currently spearheading the 100 Million campaign which aims to inspire and mobilise young people to stand up for their own rights and the rights of their peers.
Michaël Jérémiasz, titulaire de quatre médailles de tennis aux Jeux paralympiques, il est le co-fondateur des deux organisations – Handiamo ! et Comme Les Autres – qui contribuent aux changements de regards, de relations et de pratiques entre le « monde du handicap » et le « monde valide », vers plus de justesse, d’inclusion et d’égalité.
“Renaissance 2.0: Globalisation, Disruption and Policy”
Ian Goldin is the author of 21 books including, ‘Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance’. He is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School
HRH Princess Laurentien
"An interactive dialogue with children: A new perspective on Inclusive Growth"
HRH Princess Laurentien is the founder of the Reading & Writing Foundation, which focuses on preventing and reducing literacy difficulties in the Netherlands and in Europe. She is also the founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation which facilitates open and equal dialogue between children and decision-makers.
“Cleverlands: Lessons from Top Performing Education Systems”
Lucy Crehan is a qualified teacher, an education explorer, and an international education consultant. After completing her studies, she set off on an ethnographic, educational exploration of the world’s ‘top-performing’ education systems. The result of this insightful voyage has been her book – Cleverlands – named one of The Economist’s ‘books of the year’ within a week of its release.
"Homeless World Cup: How football can change the world"
The President of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, is recognised as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and is a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He was named a Senior Fellow by the Ashoka Foundation in 2014.
Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Master’s Program at Harvard University.
Seth M. Siegel
“Can a Desert Nation Help Solve the World’s Water Shortage?”
Javier Goyeneche is the founder of ECOALF, a fashion brand that turns discarded fishing nets, post-consumer plastic bottles and coffee into clothes. He visited the OECD on 19 October 2016, giving a talk on his sustainable fashion company.
An American economist who writes frequently for the popular press on economic topics, James K. Galbraith is currently a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and at the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin.
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London (UCL), Mariana Mazzucato is the author of The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths.
A French economist whose work focuses on wealth and income inequality, Thomas Piketty is a professor (directeur d'études) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and associate chair at the Paris School of Economics.
“A New Vision of Emerging Markets and their Policy Challenges.”
Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a professor of environmental science at Stockholm University, Johan Rockström is an internationally recognised scientist for his work on global sustainability issue.
“There is no such thing as a Debt Crisis: The Euro Crisis, Asia's Woes and America's Dilemma in a Global Context”
Professor emeritus of Economics at the University of Aix-Marseille III and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Alan Kirman is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He was awarded the Humboldt Prize in Germany.
"Presentation of project Genesis and Instituto Terra"
A social documentary photographer, photojournalist and environment advocate, Salgado has travelled in over 120 countries for his photographic projects. He has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2001.