Ambassador Claudia SERRANO took up her duties as Permanent Representative of Chile to the OECD on 30 April 2014.
Ms. Serrano holds BD in Sociology from the Catholic University of Chile and a PhD in Sociology from the École de Hautes Études Sociales (Paris).
Ms. Serrano has an extensive experience as a consultant and researcher in the fields of definition and implementation of public policies, particularly concerning decentralisation, regional development and poverty alleviation. She has published several articles, documents, and edited volumes on these areas of research. She has been a professor at the Sociology Institute of Chile’s Catholic University and lecturer in the Master’s programme in Public Policy and Management in the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Chile, and also in the Public Policy Diploma program in the Department of Economics.
From 1994 to 1995, she was the Programme Head of FOSIS (the Fund for Solidarity and Social Investment) at the Ministry of Planning. In 1996 and 1997 she worked as a researcher at CIEPLAN (the Economic Research Corporation for Latin America), where she also worked in the 1980s. In 1998 Ms. Serrano founded a research and consulting company specialised on public policies’ called “Consulting for Development”, where she worked until 2006.
Ms. Serrano held several top-level positions in the first administration of President Michelle Bachelet. She was Undersecretary of Regional and Administrative Development within the Ministry of the Interior and, from 2008 to 2010, she served as Minister of Labour and Social Security.
From June 2010 until her nomination as a Permanent Representative of Chile to the OECD, Ms. Serrano was the Executive Director of the Latin American Center for Rural Development - known as RIMISP.
Ms. Claudia SERRANO is married to Mr. Patricio TAPIA and they have one son.