Regulatory policy

The Regulatory Policy Committee Bureau


What are the responsibilities of the Regulatory Policy Committee Bureau? A number of delegates are designated to serve as officers to represent a Committee. They provide more detailed direction to the OECD Secretariat on issues of management and the planning of the Programme of Work. These representatives are known as "the Bureau", and generally serve two to three years.

Bureau members participate in planning meetings with the Secretariat prior to each Committee meeting and provide ongoing consultation by telephone and through email and written exchanges.

The members of the Regulatory Policy Committee Bureau in 2018 are:


Gary Banks, Chair


Gary Banks is Chair of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research. He was Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government until 2017. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Australia’s independent research and advisory body on major economic, social and environmental issues affecting the wellbeing of the community. In addition to overseeing the Commission’s activities, Gary has personally headed national inquiries on such topics as National Competition Policy, the National Reform Agenda and the Economic Implications of an Ageing Australia.  He also chaired the Prime Minister’s Regulation Taskforce, which issued its influential report ‘Rethinking Regulation’ in 2006. For many years Gary Banks was responsible for the Office of Regulation Review, a gate keeper for good regulatory practice, and he established its successor body, the Office of Best Practice Regulation. He has degrees in economics from Monash University and the Australian National University, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2007 he was made an officer of the Order of Australia for services to the development of public policy in microeconomic reform and regulation.   

Jeannine Ritchot 

Jeanine Ritchot


Jeannine Ritchot has over 15 years of experience working for the Government of Canada. In June 2016, she joined the Regulatory Affairs Sector of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as Executive Director, Regulatory Policy and Cooperation Directorate. She exercises a central oversight role in the implementation of Canada’s federal regulatory policy framework, the Cabinet Directive on Regulation, by ensuring that regulators comply with the good regulatory practices set out therein. Ms. Ritchot also leads the Government of Canada’s domestic and international efforts at regulatory alignment with key trading partners. She coordinates formal regulatory cooperation initiatives, including the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council, the Canada-EU Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement’s Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table. She advises and supports Global Affairs Canada in the negotiation of regulatory measures in trade agreements. Prior to joining the Regulatory Affairs Sector, Ms. Ritchot gained significant executive experience as a regulator in the health portfolio. She has also worked at the Privy Council Office and with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Jeannine holds a Bachelor of Arts, History, from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Masters of Arts, Conflict Studies, from St. Paul University / University of Ottawa.

Sébastien Jeannard


M. Sébastien Jeannard exerce les fonctions de chef du département de la qualité du droit au Secrétariat général du Gouvernement ; service qui apporte un soutien méthodologique aux ministères en matière d’évaluation préalable des projets de texte normatif (projets de loi et d’actes réglementaires) ainsi qu’en matière consultative. Il assure également des actions de formation interministérielle à l’évaluation préalable des normes et de mesures des impacts économiques. Il participe par ailleurs à la mise en œuvre de la politique de simplification des normes et à la tenue des compteurs économiques des normes. 

Stephan Naundorf


Stephan Naundorf manages the co-operation of the BRU with the regional governments, the parliamentary groups of the German parliament and the main umbrella organisations of the German Economy. His scope of work includes coordinating the cooperation of the German government on better regulation, issues with international partners organizations. He is also responsible for the further development of the Federal Government’s programme for better regulation and holds a position as advisor to the Minister of State to the Chancellor. In this capacity, he reports to the Minister of State in charge of Federal-State Coordination of the German government and better regulation.Stephan holds an MBA and a Master’s Degree in  Political Sciences. Before joining the Federal Chancellery in 2006, he was a member of the Ministry of Defence for five years and worked in the economic sector for ten years. He was also member of the management board and shareholder of an advertising and public relations agency.

Páll Thórhallsson

Páll Thórhallsson


Páll Thórhallsson is Director and Head of the Department of Legislative Affairs in the Prime Minister´s Office. The department consists of 5 lawyers and 3 linguists and acts as a center of excellence in the field of better regulation. Among other recent responsibilities is chairing the Prime Minister´s Constitutional Committee from 2014-2016 and chairing the Government´s Steering Group regarding the Agreement on the European Economic Area (2014-present). Pall was previously an Administrative Officer, in the Media Division, DG II, Council of Europe, 1999-2005 dealing with human rights, media freedoms, cooperation and assistance in Eastern Europe. Pall is a part time lecturer at Reykjavik University in the field of constitutional law, better regulation and media law. After a degree in law and philosophy at the University of Iceland, Pall finished a DEA in comparative human rights protection in Strasbourg in 1998.

Amichai Fisher

Amichai Fisher


Amichai Fisher launched the Israeli government's efforts for bettering regulation in 2013, and has led them since then. He has served as Head of the Better Regulation Unit since it was established in 2015. Throughout his professional career, Amichai has combined social activity with institutional infrastructure in government work, as well as philosophical research in academia. Amichai joined the Governance and Social Affairs Department at the Prime Minister's Office in 2010, initially working on social issues and later heading the Governance Division, which deals with the foundations for governmental work, such as governmental work plans, improving and coordinating work processes among administrative and professional units, etc. Prior to working for the Israeli government, Amichai worked in the third sector, mostly in Aharai! (Follow Me!), an NGO which integrates youth from Israel's socioeconomic periphery into Israeli society. Amichai managed the learning center project for preparing them for their matriculation exams and served as Resource and Strategy-Development Manager of the organization.


Mario Emilio Gutierrez

Mario Emilio Gutterez


Mario Emilio Gutierrez was appointed Head of the Federal Commission of Regulatory Improvement (COFEMER) by Mexico’s President, on February 10, 2015. In his current position, Mr. Gutiérrez is in charge to coordinate the national implementation of Mexico’s Regulatory Reform Policy and the promotion of the Good Regulatory Practices nationwide, additionally, as a result of the recent approval of the National Constitutional Reform on Better Regulation Mr. Gutierrez is in charge to coordinate the new institutional framework. Mr. Gutiérrez has also an active participation in the International Organizations and Fora such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) where he is the current coordinator of the Friends of the Chair on Regulatory Reform Group in the Economic Committee. Previously Mr. Gutierrez was the Ministry of Economy´s Liaison Officer with the Congress where he oversaw the approval of the new Federal Economic Competition Law. He has also worked as the Head of the Regulatory Reform Unit in the State of Nuevo Leon, where he coordinated the implementation of the regulatory reform in the State; he has also been Legislator at the Congress of Nuevo Leon and Private Secretary of the Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon. Mr. Gutiérrez holds a degree in law and social Sciences, postgraduate studies in international Law from Tulane University, Law with an emphasis on regulation by the University of Oxford and law with an emphasis on economic competition from the University of Cambridge, has also been a University Professor for the courses of Regulation, Economic Analysis, Corporate Law and Economic Competition.

Suzanne van Melis

Suzanne Van Melis


Suzanne van Melis is strategic legal advisor and deputy head of the sector legal affairs and regulatory policy at the ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands. She coordinates the central government unit for scrutinizing the legislative quality of all Dutch laws and royal decrees and advises the council of ministers about the quality of legislation. She is also responsible for the development of regulatory policy to improve the quality of legislation and the legislation process in the Netherlands. Important projects have been the development of the national website for internet consultation and the digital impact assessment framework (IAK). As head of the unit coordination regulatory pressure within the Ministry of Justice and Security she promotes the reduction of regulatory pressure. Before she has worked at the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, the province of Noord-Holland and the Dutch advisory council for spatial planning. She has a degree in Law and Public Administration from Tilburg University and has studied at the School for Public and Environmental Administration of Indiana University.

Ruth Harries, (United Kingdom)

Ruth Harries


Ruth is a Deputy Director for the Better Regulation Executive at the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Her responsibilities include leading on UK better regulation strategy for the UK and engagement with the EU and international partners on better regulation matters. Currently Ruth is interested in looking at new trends such as the links between regulation, innovation and technology. Prior to taking up her current post, Ruth has worked on a  variety of regulatory roles in both domestic and international contexts. Previous experience includes negotiating dossiers relevant to EU competition policy, setting up a new regulatory body the ‘Institute for Apprenticeships’ and delivering a range of high profile employment regulation for the UK. Ruth has also worked on secondment to the European Commission to develop impact assessments for a range of EU dossiers. Ruth holds a BA Hons in Modern History and Modern Languages (French) from St John’s College, University of Oxford.

Alex Hunt
(United States)


Alex has been chief of the Information Policy Branch since 2008. Alex’s branch reviews regulations, guidance documents, and information collections for the Departments of Defense, Education, and the Treasury, and oversees policies relating to the use of voluntary consensus standards, records management, and the eRulemaking Program. Alex also helps lead international regulatory cooperation initiatives under Executive Order 13609, and currently serves as the U.S. government’s delegate to the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee and the APEC Economic Committee.  Previously, Alex served as an OIRA policy analyst overseeing the regulatory and information policies of the Departments of Transportation and the Treasury.  Prior to joining OMB in 1996, Mr. Hunt was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations with honors from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he was also an International Fellow.

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