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Patrick van Haute, Director of the Council and Executive Committee Secretariat


Mr. Patrick van Haute has been appointed Director of the OECD Council and Executive Committee Secretariat effective from 1 July 2012. Previously, he served for five years as Executive Director of the OECD.

Mr. van Haute, a Belgium national, was born on 20 October 1951. From 1969 to 1974, he studied at the University of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, where he obtained a Masters degree in economic and social sciences. In 1975, he graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven with an M.A. in international economic relations.






Patrick Van Haute

After serving three years at the Société Générale de Banque from 1976 to 1979, Mr. van Haute joined the Belgian diplomacy in 1979 and was successively posted in Prague (1980), Bonn (1981-1985), Washington D.C. (1992-1996), Singapore (1996-1999), the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam (1996-1999) and the OECD (2004-2007).

During his stays in Belgium, he held positions such as spokesman for the Foreign Ministry (1985-1988), Economic adviser to the King of the Belgians (1988-1992), Director for Asia in the Foreign Ministry (1999-2002), Chief of Staff of the Foreign Trade Minister (2002-2003) and Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for European Affairs (2003-2004).


As Director of the Council and Executive Committee Secretariat, Mr. van Haute manages the team which provides assistance on the operational aspects of Council, Executive Committee and related meetings, including the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) and assists with strategic input for agenda-setting and various forms of institutional advice and support to the Secretary-General, OECD Secretariat and Delegations on issues related to OECD governance. The Council and Executive Committee Secretariat ensures the consistent implementation and follow-up of institutional procedures, rules and regulations on governance, maintains and updates various inventories through an information coordination function and provides assistance on matters of protocol, information, and inputs for discussion.


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