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 2015

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.


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

Jaehyuk 2015

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. 

Ian 2015

Ian Hawkesworth is Head of Public-Private Partnerships and Capital Budgeting. He is also responsible for the Network of Senior Budget Officials in Asia. Ian is responsible for analytical work with respect to infrastructure, PPPs and capital procurement and convenes the annual meeting of senior Infrastructure and PPP Officials as well as the South East Asia Policy Network for PPPs and Connectivity. 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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Anne-Claire Leon, a French national, joins the Budgeting and Public Expenditure division on a one-year secondment from the European Commission (EC) to gain insights with performance budgeting to support the EC’s reform agenda. Anne-Claire has worked for the EC Directorate General for Budget since June 2013 and she is a member of the EC BFOR (Budget Focused on Results) initiative. Prior to this, she held a number of posts in the EC, mainly on external relations projects, including a four-year posting in Vietnam and a three-year posting in Tanzania. She holds a Law Master’s degree from the University of Pantheon-Assas and a Master’s degree from Sciences-Po Paris.

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Delphine Moretti is a senior policy analyst in the OECD Budgeting and Public Expenditure division, and leads the division’s work on public financial management. As part of her functions at the OECD, Delphine is responsible for analytical work with respect to budgeting and accounting systems and practices, and convenes the annual meeting of Senior Budget Officials dedicated to these topics.  She is also involved in the division’s overall analytical work on budget systems, in particular OECD countries’ budget reviews.  Prior to this, Delphine served in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), within the Fiscal Affairs Department, where she assisted several countries in introducing a range of budgetary reforms, with the aim of improving the efficiency of public financial management, and governments’ accountability and transparency. She also worked for the French administration, at the ministry of Budget and Supreme Audit Institution (Cour des comptes). She holds a Master from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Aix-Marseille (France).

Scherie 2015

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 2015

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.

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Ana María Ruiz Rivadeneira, from Colombia, works with the Latin-America and the Caribbean Region and on the Joint Senior Budget Officials-Health Network on the Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems. Ana María is a trained lawyer and worked with the Colombian Administration in the fields of public-private partnerships, infrastructure and public transportation.  She earned a Master in Public Administration degree from Science Po and The London School of Economics. Before joining BUD, Ana María was a capstone consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. 

 Trevor 2015 Trevor Shaw, from Canada, works on the role of performance, parliament and independent fiscal institutions in budgeting. Prior to joining the OECD, Trevor worked at Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Office, a number of government ministries and in consulting. Trevor holds an MA in economics from the University of British Columbia, a BA in economics from the University of Winnipeg and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Annamaria 2015 Annamaria Tuske, from Hungary is a junior economist/policy analyst working on open governance and related issues in budgeting and public finances. Prior to joining BUD, she worked for the Country Studies Branch of the Economics Department contributing to economic surveys on various country-related topics and for the Statistics Directorate specializing in entrepreneurship and business statistics. Prior to joining the OECD, she worked in the Office of the Fiscal Council of Hungary contributing to the medium-term fiscal outlook of the government and in the private sector participating in economic consulting. Annamaria holds a Master’s degree in Networks and Transports Industrial Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics and a Master’s degree in Investments and Risk Analysis from the Corvinus University of Budapest.
Camila 2015 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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Ruben Werchan is a German national and joins BUD from the German Organisation for International Co-operation (GIZ). Ruben has a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Kiel and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Muenster. Prior to joining BUD, Ruben worked in Kyiv, Ukraine in a GIZ-project supporting reforms in the area of public finance.


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