Mr. Stefan Kapferer was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD on October 6, 2014. He promotes the OECD’s work specifically in the areas of productivity, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SME’s and Local Development, Skills Strategy, Health and Inequality and Gender Strategy.
Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Kapferer, a German national, was State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. He was responsible for the Department of Industrial Policy, the Department of innovation and ICT as well as the Department of Small and Medium Sized Companies’ Policy.
He previously served as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, where he was responsible for the Department of Energy, the Department of European Affairs, as well as for human resources and budget.
Mr. Kapferer was also State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport of Lower Saxony.
Mr. Kapferer holds a Diploma in administrative science from Konstanz University. After graduating, he contributed to the research project at the Treuhandanstalt, an agency responsible for the privatization of the former German Democratic Republic state property.