Ambassador Rania Antonopoulos took up her duties as Permanent Representative of Greece to the OECD in Paris on 5 September 2018.
Ms. Antonopoulos, born in 1960 in Athens, Greece, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New University School for Social Research, USA. A macroeconomist by training, she specialised in international competition and globalisation, growth and employment impacts as well as on the macro-micro linkages of growth and gender equality.
Author of scientific policies and three books, Ms. Antonopoulos has served as the macroeconomic policy adviser for UN Women, expert adviser and consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), senior scholar and director of the Gender Equality and the Economy program of the Levy Economics Institute and Economics Professor at New York University. Since 2002, she was the co-director of the GEM-IWG Knowledge Networking Program on Engendering Macroeconomics and International Economics.
Ms. Antonopoulos, from 2006 to 2012, headed up a team of Levy Institute researchers that undertook country level multiyear projects, modelling the impact of job guarantee policies on pro-poor development and gender equality. In 2010, she worked closely with the National Women’s Institute (INMUJERES), Government of Mexico, toward a similar initiative whose aim was public service job creation, primarily for women in rural areas of Mexico.
Ms. Antonopoulos subsequently led a team of Levy Institute scholars in advising the Institute of Labour of the National Confederation of Trade Unions (INE-GSEE), and in 2013 outlined a proposal for a large-scale direct job creation program in Greece.
Prior to taking up her duties as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Greece to the OECD, she served as a Member of the Greek Parliament in 2015, and Alternate Minister of Labour for Combatting Unemployment, from January 2015 to February 2018.