George, OECD alumni

 

“I spent 10 years at the OECD, starting off as a trainee right after my Ph.D. and leaving as a senior economist to work for the Greek government – and then go on to real politics.


For an economist who is interested in policy, the OECD is hard to beat as a professional experience. It has to do with the quality of the people, the international feeling of the place, the research done and the issues discussed, the interaction with policy makers from 30-odd countries. All together this makes for a compelling and challenging environment to work in.


Ten years on, I still find OECD research and policy papers an invaluable source – solidly based on internationally comparable data, with hard but thoughtful analysis, and an open attitude to real world problems.”

 

Current role:

Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greece

Former Minister of Finance, Greece


Prior role at OECD:

Economist, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry