Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
Ken Ash, a Canadian national, was a Deputy Director at the OECD from 1999 before becoming Director for Trade and Agriculture in 2009. He played a leading role in the successful merger of the Trade and Agriculture directorates in 2006, to reinvigorate the key policy contributions of the OECD in both areas.
Mr. Ash has effectively led the development, dissemination and communication of evidence-based policy to Ministers, senior officials and major stakeholders to identify pragmatic and concrete policy actions that governments could take to achieve common domestic goals, while avoiding trade conflicts. He has brought forward a widespread and deeper understanding of the benefits of further domestic and trade policy reform.
Upon joining the OECD Mr. Ash brought with him 20 years of extensive experience from the Government of Canada where he held successively several director-level positions in various branches of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As Director General, Economic and Policy Analysis, Policy Branch, from 1995-1999, he provided strategic policy guidance to government on key trade policy issues during GATT/WTO negotiations; in the implementation of the URAA; and in the formulation of a government-wide Programme Review that resulted in major policy and organizational reforms.
Mr. Ash holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA (International Business and Resource Management), Memorial University, Canada.
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