OECD Forum 2012: Anthony O'Sullivan


Anthony O'Sullivan

Head of Division, Private Sector Development, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD


Anthony O’Sullivan is currently Head of the Private Sector Development Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As Head of PSD, Mr. O’Sullivan oversees four regional programmes: the Middle East and North Africa-OECD Investment Programme, the OECD Investment Compact for South East Europe, the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme and the Latin America and Caribbean-OECD Investment Initiative. These programmes aim to support participating economies in enhancing their competitiveness, growth, investment and employment through targeted business climate reforms. Policies addressed by PSD include investment policy and promotion, SME policy, access to finance, public-private partnerships for infrastructure, special economic zones, business integrity and responsible business conduct.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. O’Sullivan was a senior manager in strategy for A.T. Kearny and the European representative for the Global Business Policy Council, a leading global think tank on government strategy and country competitiveness. He also worked for Accenture, Michael Porter’s Monitor Group, and was a founding partner of Adcore, specialising in due diligences and business creation for high tech investment funds.

Mr. O’Sullivan is an Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris and a regular contributor to written and televised media. He has published a number of papers and articles on issues related to investment, competitiveness and innovation in emerging markets. He received an Honours degree in Economics, Finance and Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, before receiving his Master’s from the London School of Economics in Economic Development in 2004.


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