Budgeting and public expenditures

Who's Who in Budgeting and Public Expenditures



The Secretariat for the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials is provided by the Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division (BUD) of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV). Contact us at sbo.news@oecd.org.


Jón R. Blöndal is Head of Division and Editor-in-Chief of the OECD Journal on Budgeting. A citizen of Iceland, Jón held a number of posts in the Icelandic Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Prime Minister prior to joining the OECD in 1995. Jón received his degree from George Washington University. Jón is also a member (observer) of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.

Ronnie ‌‌‌Downes has taken up position as Deputy Head of BUD. Ronnie is an Irish national with a background in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Dublin.  He holds a Masters degree in Economics and Policy Studies from Trinity College Dublin, as well as diplomas in Legal Studies and Accounting.  In recent years, he has been the Principal Officer [deputy budget director] responsible for introducing a range of expenditure and budgetary reforms, including the multi-annual budgetary framework, expenditure reviews, performance-related budgeting, independent fiscal council, parliamentary oversight, and the Government Economic and Evaluation Service.


Ian Hawkesworth is Head of Public-Private Partnerships and Capital Budgeting. He is also responsible for the Network of Senior Budget Officials in the Middle East North Africa region and for Sub-Saharan Africa (CABRI). Ian is responsible for analytical work with respect to PPPs and capital procurement and convenes the annual meeting of senior PPP Officials. In this capacity he conducts reviews of PPP governance systems and lead the work culminating in the 2012 OECD Recommendation for Public Governance of Public-Private Partnerships. He also works on issues such as budgeting for performance, financial management and medium term fiscal frameworks. Before joining the OECD Ian worked as Head of Section in the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance in Denmark. Ian has MScs from the London School of Economics and The University of Copenhagen. He was associate lecturer at the latter for a number of years.


Hélène Leconte-Lucas is the Assistant to the Head of the Division, and for the entire division, in close co-operation with Lyora Raab. For many years, Hélène has been involved with the work of all the Senior Budget Officials networks. She has previous experience as managing editor of a monthly magazine on the subject of exports and as project manager in the field of aid to emerging countries with a private international marketing company. Hélène is a French national.

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Chao Li, a Chinese national, is a policy researcher on budget reform initiatives and specifically on medium-term expenditure frameworks. He is staff at the Budget Department of the Chinese Ministry of Finance, focusing on China’s departmental budget reform and management. He holds a master’s degree in Theoretical Economics from Renmin University (Beijing).

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Jaehyuk Choi, from the Republic of Korea, has a Master's degree from Duke University in Public Policy. Jaehyuk is a policy analyst who focuses on monitoring budgeting developments in Member countries and co-ordinate various co-operation arrangements in this area, in particular the extensive relationship with Korea. In addition to his work in the budget office of the Korean Ministry of Strategy of Finance, he has also served as the Ministry's spokesperson for the international media and has actively participated in the G20 process. 

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Ihssane Loudiyi, a Moroccan national, is a policy analyst in public-private partnerships (PPPs) and capital budgeting. Her work focuses on the MENA region, in particular Tunisia, but she is also responsible for other analytical work and reviews related to PPPs as part of the division. Prior to joining the budgeting and public expenditures division, she was at the World Bank in Washington DC for three and a half years, where she worked as a Junior Professional Associate on finance and private sector development issues, including on investment climate and competitiveness. Ihssane holds a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and a double Bachelor degree in Business & Economics and Computer Science.

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Scherie Nicol has a Masters degree in Applied Economics and started her career as an economist for the economic development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  She moved to the Scottish Parliament in 2008, providing research support to the elected members in areas relating to public finance and the economy.  In this role she has helped set up the Financial Scrutiny Unit and worked on the devolution of increased fiscal powers to Scotland.

Lyora Raab, from Germany, is an assistant in the division. One of her major responsibilities is the outreach work of the division, especially the Senior Budget Officials Network of Central, Eastern and South Eastern European CountriesSenior Budget Officials Network of Central, Eastern and South Eastern European Countries. Lyora has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business from the American University of Paris. Before joining the OECD in 2001, she worked for the International Herald Tribune where she was responsible for the international funds page.

Camila Vammalle is an economist/policy analyst, responsible for the joint Senior Budget Officials-Health Network on the Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems and for the Latin-American and Caribbean Senior Budget Officials Network. Prior to joining BUD, she worked for the Regional Development Policy division of GOV where she specialised in sub-national public finances (in particular, sub-national financial capacity for public investment and sub-national government debts) and public governance (in particular, multi-level governance). She contributed to the OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government, and co-ordinated in-depth country-specific territorial development reviews. Camila holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from the Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and a PhD in economics from Sciences Po (Paris, France). Prior to joining the OECD, she worked in transfer pricing for Deloitte and Touche, in Buenos Aires.

Lisa von Trapp, an American national, leads the OECD Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division’s workstreams on performance and results and the role of parliaments and independent fiscal institutions in the budget process. Prior to joining the OECD, she served as an advisor and representative to Europe for the World Bank Institute's Parliamentary Strengthening Programme. As a parliamentary development practitioner, Lisa has worked with a variety of organisations such as UNDP, SIDA, and Parliamentarians for Global Action. Lisa holds a dual Master's degree in international security policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (Phillip E. Mosely fellow) and in political science from the Institut d'études politiques (“Sciences Po”) in Paris.


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Bonifacio Agapin is a Filipino-American from Los Angeles and is the Publications and Communications Assistant to the BUD team. Bonifacio completed a BA in International Realtions at UCLA and an MA Programme in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Paris. 


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