The Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development brings together 20 years of experience of the Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) together with the experience of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) and Entrepreneurship Division created in 1993.
Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development
Mr. Sergio Arzeni has been the Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development since July 2004 and Head of the Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) since 1994.
His work focuses mostly on entrepreneurship and innovation, on job creation and social cohesion, on SME financing and internationalisation, on business clusters and area-based approaches to economic development and community capacity building.
Mr. Arzeni has worked at the OECD for over 25 years as a senior economist publishing several reports and supervising a wide range of publications on the areas under his responsibility. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Arzeni served as an economist for the Italian Parliament, the Italian Trade Unions and the European Commission. As an economic journalist he has contributed to several Italian and international newspapers.
He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of Rome and specialised in Industrial Economics at the International University Institute of Luxembourg and in International Economic Relations at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., USA. He speaks French, Spanish, English, German and Italian.
Mrs Miriam Koreen has been Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Local Development, and Head of the OECD Working Party in SMEs and Entrepreneurship since January 2011.
Ms. Koreen, an American national, has been with the Organisation since 2000, when she joined the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry as an Administrator, working on entrepreneurship and SME policies. From 2002-2007, she served as Counsellor to the former Trade Directorate, where she was responsible for the Trade Committee, strategic communications and the programme of work. From 2007-2009, Ms. Koreen worked as an Advisor in the Office of the Secretary-General, working on a number of horizontal projects including the OECD’s Strategic Response to the Financial and Economic Crisis. In 2009, Ms. Koreen became the Senior Project Manager for the OECD Innovation Strategy which was delivered to the 2010 Ministerial Council Meeting.
Ms. Koreen holds a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in English and Modern Languages from Emory University.