Mr. William Danvers took up his duties on 2 September 2013. In addition to focusing on OECD’s regional initiatives in South East Asia, the MENA region, Latin America and Africa, he will oversee the Organisation's global relations portfolio, including outreach and the accession processes of candidate countries. He will also further develop OECD work on investment, competition and the fight against corruption; on innovation; science and technology; corporate affairs, and private sector development; as well as follow the standard setting activities linked to these themes.
An American citizen, Danvers comes to the OECD from his post as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State. Before joining the State Department he was the Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after serving in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011. Danvers also held the posts of Senior Director at the National Security Council and Special Assistant for National Security Affairs during the Clinton Administration and was head of the OECD Centre in Washington in the late 1990s.
An adjunct professor at the Elliot School at George Washington University, Danvers has also written a number of articles on national security issues.
He holds a BA in history from Michigan State University Honors College and an MA in special studies from George Washington University.