Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development

Rolf Alter, Director - Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate




Rolf Alter
Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate





Mr. Rolf Alter is Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He leads a team of 230 staff to support governments in improving their public sector performance for inclusive growth and the competitiveness of their economies. Key areas include institutional reform, innovation, transparency and integrity in the public sector, results-oriented budgeting, regulatory reform, and the economics of regions and cities. Under his leadership, the Directorate pursues a programme of co-operation with a wide range of non-member countries and is engaged with international institutions to advance the research on empirical evidence and good policy practices of public sector economics and governance.

Previously, Mr. Alter was Chief of Staff of OECD Secretary-General Mr. Angel Gurría. He joined the OECD in 1991. Throughout his career with OECD he held different positions in the Economics Department, Department of Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs, and the Office of the Executive Director of the OECD.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Alter was an economist in the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. He started his professional career in 1981 in the German Ministry of Economy. He is currently a member of the Advisory Group of the WEF Global Risks Report. In 2015, he joined the UN High Level Panel on Water. In 2016, Mr. Alter was awarded the O.P. Dwivedi Award by IASIA.

Mr. Alter holds a doctorate degree from the University of Goettingen, Germany, following post-graduate work in Germany and the United States.


October 2016


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