Office of the Secretary General

The Office of the Secretary-General provides support to the Secretary-General in the exercise of his functions and the fulfillment of his mandate, including the preparation of his daily activities, missions abroad and overall coordination of the work of the OECD Secretariat.  The Office is lead by the Chief of Staff and OECD Sherpa.  The Secretary-General is assisted in his function by OECD Deputy Secretaries-General.
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Chief of Staff: Ms. Gabriela Ramos
Deputy Chief of Staff: Mr. Juan Yermo

Responsibilities of the Secretary-General and Senior Management


Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

Secretary-General Angel Gurría

Areas of responsibilities                                                                                                 

  • General Secretariat
    • Council Secretariat (CES)
    • Legal Directorate (LEG)
    • Internal Audit (IA)
  • Executive Directorate (EXD)
  • Public Affairs & Communications (PAC)


Attached Institutions*

  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)

* These three institutions have their own Management
Boards and funding arrangements. They depend on the
OECD's management for issues regarding
administration and operations.

Senior Management

Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD

Deputy Secretary-General Masamachi Kono

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF)
  • Environment and Sustainability (ENV)
  • Financial Stability Board (FSB)




Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Green Growth


Deputy Secretary-General Ludger Schuknecht

Areas of responsibilties:

  • Education & Skills (EDU)
  • Fiscal issues (CTPA)
  • Statistics & Data (SDD)


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Compact with Africa
      - Skills Strategy

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD  

Deputy Secretary-General Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Trade and Agriculture (TAD)
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship, SME’s,
       Regions and Cities (CFE) 
  • Science, Technology and Innovation


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Going Digital

 Jeffrey Schlagenhauf Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Deputy Secretary-General Jeffrey Schlagenhauf

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Public Governance (GOV)
  • Development Cluster
       - Development Cooperation           
         Directorate (DCD)
       - Development Centre (DEV)
       - Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Anti-corruption
      - SDGs


Chief Economist Laurence Boone

Areas of responsibilities: 

  • Economics department (ECO)
            - Policy Studies
            - Country Studies
  • G20 Finance Track 



Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Housing

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff, G20 Sherpa and Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General

Chief of Staff Gabriela Ramos

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Office of the Secretary-General
  • Global Relations & Global Governance
       (Including G20/G7/APEC)
  • Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) (incl. Gender)


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
- New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC)
      - Strategic Foresight (SF)
      - Inclusive Growth (IG)


Highlights of activities of the Office of the Secretary-General

Better Policies Series

Policy oriented and specific recommendations and timely advice on key issues at the centre of national debate.

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Coffees with the SG

An initiative to connect the Secretary-General, OECD Staff and Delegations to latest, cutting edge thinking. 

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Sherpa Unit

Coordinates OECD contribution in global fora, maximising the leverage of its work, standards and policy recommendations. 

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Deepens OECD's understading of the complexity of policy challenges.

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Inclusive Growth

Increased awareness of the importance of inclusiveness for sustainable long term growth

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Strategic Foresight

Strengthens OECD's analysis by including anticipatory knowledge

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Sustainable Development

Enables key players to conduct discussion at a high and horizontal level

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OSG team

Gabriela Ramos
Chief of Staff and Sherpa



Juan Yermo
Deputy Chief of Staff 



Angel Alonso Arroba
Head of Management and Communications


Romina Boarini
Senior Advisor & Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth Initiative

Duncan Cass-Beggs
Head of Strategic Foresight Unit 

Amanda Gautherin
Head of Protocol and Resource Management

William Hynes
Acting Head, NAEC 


Rafal Kierzenkowski
Senior Advisor 


Mario Lopez-Roldan
Head of Speech Writing & Intelligence Unit

Colette Morris


Elsa Pilichowski



Nicolas Pinaud
Head of the Sherpa Office

Nejla Saula
Deputy Head of the Sherpa Office


Litsa Vavakis