OECD Secretary-General

Selection of the Secretary-General of the OECD


1. Role of the Secretary-General

2. Selection process

3. Former Secretaries-General

1. Role of the Secretary-General


The Secretary-General of the Organisation chairs the OECD Council and heads the OECD Secretariat.

The OECD Council is the organisation’s overarching decision-making body. It is composed of Ambassadors from Member countries and the European Commission. It meets regularly to discuss key work of the Organisation, share policy concerns and take decisions. Once a year, the OECD Council meets for the Ministerial Council Meeting, which brings together heads of government as well as foreign, trade, economy, and other Ministers from Member countries.

The OECD Secretariat carries out the work of the OECD. It is composed of directorates and divisions that work with policy makers in each country, providing, with their committees made of representatives from Member and Partner countries, expertise and advice to help guide policy making based on evidence and comparisons across countries. The 3 300 employees of the Secretariat include economists, lawyers, scientists, policy analysts, digital experts, statisticians and communication professionals, as well as those who manage and maintain the OECD headquarters and facilities worldwide.

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2. Selection process of the Secretary-General


As decided by the OECD Council in 2016, the selection process is launched on 1 August 2020.  

OECD Member countries are asked to put forward candidates by end October 2020.

The Secretary-General shall be chosen by the OECD Member countries for a five-year term beginning 1 June 2021.



3. Former Secretaries-General


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