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 2016 are:


Gary Banks, Chair



Gary Banks is Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Until 2012 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.

Mario Emilio Gutierrez, Interim Bureau Member

RPC Bureau Member

  Mr. Mario Emilio Gutierrez is the current Head of COFEMER. In this position, he coordinates the implementation and promotion of good regulatory practices, and the promotion of transparency in the design and implementation of regulations in Mexico. Previously he was the Ministry of Economy´s Liaison Officer with the Congress. He has worked as the Head of the Regulatory Reform Unit at the State of Nuevo Leon, where was in charge of the implementation of 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.

Julian Farrel, (United Kingdom)


Julian Farrel is Deputy Director of the Better Regulation Executive, and Head of the EU and International Team, in the UK's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  He has worked on a range of domestic and EU better regulation issues within the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department for Business, and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, since the UK Government’s first administrative burdens exercise in the early 1980s.   He is a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group of National Regulatory Experts and the network of EU Directors and Experts on Better Regulation.  He has a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages (German and French) from Cambridge University.

Jean-Guy Forgeron 

Jean-Guy Forgeron


Jean-Guy Forgeron was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Regulatory Affairs Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, on November 9, 2015. Mr. Forgeron was previously Chief of Staff to the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary of the Cabinet from August 2013 to October 2015. Prior to this, from December 2009 until August 2013, he was Director of Operations in the Economic and Regional Development Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office (PCO) where he was responsible for providing advice and support to Cabinet committees on a range of issues, including environmental policy, natural resources, energy, fisheries, and agricultural policy. Before joining PCO, he held positions in various federal departments, including: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where he was Director of Strategic Priorities and then later the Director General of Strategic Priorities and Planning; and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, where he was Director of Ministerial Liaison and Departmental Assistant to the Minister of State. Originally from Isle Madame, Nova Scotia, Mr. Forgeron has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Dalhousie University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Elizabeth Goldberg


Elizabeth Golberg is Director of Smart Regulation in the European Commission's Secretariat-General. Her professional career in the European Commission began in 1993 as a Coordinator for the PHARE Programme in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She held various posts in the European Commission's External Relations and Environment Departments before taking on Head of Unit responsibilities in the Directorate of Environment and in the Secretariat-General from 2004-2012. She became Director of Smart Regulation in 2012, responsible for programming and regulatory policy. Ms Golberg has a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Lethbridge, Canada and a Post-graduate Diploma in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Alex Hunt
(United States)


As Chief of OIRA’s Information Policy Branch, Alex is responsible for the development and oversight of the U.S. government’s policies and practices relating to open government, privacy, use of voluntary consensus standards, records management, and related information policy issues. Alex. Hunt also helps to lead the U.S. government’s regulatory cooperation initiatives with Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, and he currently serves as the U.S. government’s delegate to the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee and the APEC Economic Committee.  He has made presentations on good regulatory practices, international regulatory cooperation, and U.S. regulatory policy in over a dozen countries.  Previously, he was involved in OIRA’s oversight of regulatory and information policies of the Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Treasury.  Prior to joining OMB, Mr. Hunt was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he worked on comprehensive tax and health care reform.  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.

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.

Pascal Schuster



Pascal Schuster a pris ses fonctions de  chargé de mission « simplification » au secrétariat général du gouvernement français le 1er mai 2014. M. Schuster a commencé sa carrière au sein de la fonction publique au ministère de l’économie et des finances (MINEFI) en 2000 où il a contribué au lancement des programmes d’administration électronique et d’amélioration de la qualité de service aux usagers. Il a ensuite piloté, toujours au MINEFI, les dossiers européens et internationaux relatifs à l’énergie (dont suivi A.I.E.), portefeuille élargi en 2008 aux sujets « climat » tandis que son unité était fusionnée au sein du nouvellement créé ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable et de l’énergie (MEDDE). Il a exercé les fonctions de sherpa français pour les G8 et G20 « énergie » et « environnement » et été membre de la délégation française à la conférence de Copenhague sur le climat.  En 2011, il est nommé conseiller du directeur des affaires européennes et internationales du MEDDE où il suit en particulier les dossiers relatifs à la Banque mondiale et aux problématiques de normalisation et pilote la présidence française 2013-2014 du Forum international des transports (54 pays membres, un millier de participants au Sommet annuel). Ancien élève de l’École nationale d’administration (2000), Pascal Schuster a également été chargé de la modernisation de la gestion du ministère français  des affaires étrangères (entrée en vigueur de la nouvelle loi organique relative aux lois de finances ou « LOLF ») où il a été en fonction de 2005 à 2007 au titre de sa mobilité statutaire.

Páll Thórhallsson

Páll Thórhallsson

  Páll Thórhallsson is Director of Legislative Affairs in the Prime Minister´s Office in Iceland. Since September 2014, he chairs the multi-party Constitutional Committee mandated to revise the Icelandic Constitution. He is also the elected representative of Parliament on a panel which selects candidates for judicial offices. Mr Thorhallsson teaches constitutional law, media law and legislative law at Reykjavik University. Previously he worked as an administrative officer at the Council of Europe and journalist at Morgunbladid daily newspaper.


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