2019 Global Management Academy


Remarks by Angel Gurría 

OECD Secretary-General

15 July 2019 - Paris, France

(As prepared for delivery)



Dear Global Management Academy Participants, Wharton professors Peter Cappelli and Karl Ulrich, colleagues,

I am very excited to welcome you all today at the inauguration of the Global Management Academy (GMA). This is a unique programme that the OECD is launching this year together with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and participants from the European Central Bank and the European Stability Mechanism.

The GMA follows the continued success of the Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP), which also started today and has been running for eight consecutive years.

These days, supranational institutions are under scrutiny and in some cases severe pressure from their constituencies. We are asked to constantly justify the resources and trust invested in us. As Secretary-General of the OECD, I can tell you that the expectations of our members are only getting higher and we must rise to the test.

In order to confront the challenges of an increasingly polarised world and provide high quality targeted recommendations and policy proposals, we need to ensure that we have outstanding professionals who believe in the mission of the Organisation, professionals that can advance the promotion of better policies for better lives in many important areas. Being an expert in your field is an asset but combining this with exceptional managerial skills is invaluable.

With this in mind, the OECD and Wharton decided to develop the Global Management Academy Programme with the aim of supporting international organisations in fostering leadership and managerial skills among their more junior staff members, who are considered to have strong potential to take on such responsibilities.

We know how challenging it is to be a global manager working in international and multicultural environments and we also know that today, perhaps more than ever, we have a responsibility to shape exceptional leaders who can unify people of all beliefs, creeds and backgrounds to reach consensus and achieve common goals.

What makes GMA distinct from other managerial training programmes is that we recognise the challenges of managing in an international context but more importantly, harness the value added in working with a diversity of people, thoughts and culture.

You represent the future of your organisations and were selected to join GMA because your managers see great potential. Over the next few days, Wharton’s team of professors will provide you with cutting-edge seminars to help develop and refine critical skills so that when you take on more responsibilities, you’ll be ready to lead your teams and organisations to success.

You will learn how to develop innovative ideas as well as how to execute their implementation. You will learn how to gain influence, credibility and confidence that will allow you to be more persuasive. And you will also have a dedicated session on how to make decisions under complex and uncertain conditions, and learn how to build emotional intelligence to support the effective management of relationships.


Ladies and Gentlemen:

Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General-Electric once said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others”.

I hope that over the next week you will not only benefit from the outstanding learning opportunities that Wharton’s team of professors, but also profit from getting to know your peers, build relationships and learn from each other. Thank you.


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