International futures programme

IFP biographies




Barrie Stevens


British citizen, Barrie Stevens is Head of the OECD's International Futures Programme. He holds a PhD in economics and social policy from Hamburg University, Germany, following studies in business and languages in Manchester, UK.  Previous professional experience includes university teaching (economics, social policy), project management in market research (industrial and consumer research) and marketing consultancy. 

He joined the OECD in 1982 and worked on a variety of socio-economic issues, including structural adjustment, trade protection and education and training.  He has been involved in future studies since the creation in 1990 of the OECD International Futures Programme, which is located in the Advisory Unit.  The Programme, which is concerned with the identification and evaluation of newly emerging economic and social issues, aims to promote strategic thinking, test new ideas, and stimulate dialogue between government, business and research on long-term issues. 

He is author or co-author of some 40 books and articles on themes ranging from societal change, globalisation and new technologies, to trade, health, energy and transport.  Most recently he was co-author of two major OECD reports on “Emerging Systemic Risks in the 21st Century” and “The Security Economy.” He is currently directing an OECD project on "Infrastructures to 2030".



Pierre-Alain Schieb

Counsellor and Head of Futures Projects


French citizen, Dr. Pierre-Alain Schieb is Counsellor in the Advisory Unit to the Secretary-General of the OECD, which manages the International Futures Programme.  He is in charge of the International Futures Network, and is Head of OECD Futures Projects, such as the ongoing project on Global Infrastructure Needs: Prospects and Implications for Public and Private Actors, the project on Risk Management Policies in Selected OECD Countries; and the project on The BioEconomy in 2030: A Policy Agenda. Further to recommendations arising from a two year Futures Project, Dr. Schieb is also in charge of the newly created OECD Global Forum on Space Economics. The aim of the Futures Programme is to help decision-makers in government and business identify and evaluate the strategic challenges of a rapidly changing world economy within a long-term perspective.

Before joining the OECD in 1994, Dr. Schieb was formerly Executive Vice-President of International Business of one France’s major retailing groups; Dean of a graduate school of business in France; and holds an Associate-Professorship at the University of Paris Dauphine.  Co-founder of a high-tech start-up company in the early 1980s and involved in venture capital initiatives, Dr. Schieb was also a consultant to numerous French and US companies in the field of alliances, industrial cooperation, licensing, corporate and marketing strategies. He has also published many articles in the field of international management, risk management, marketing and corporate strategy.

Dr. Schieb earned a Ph.D (Doctorat d’Etat) in management science from the University of Strasbourg (1981), a DBA in economics and business administration from the University of Aix-en-Provence (1974), and a M.Sc in quantitative marketing from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). Dr. Schieb has received numerous distinctions such as: the Best Award in Economy (Aix-en-Provence, 1967), Best Dissertation Award (Quebec, Canada, 1974), Chevalier in the French Order of Palmes Académiques (1991).



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