Office of the Secretary General

The Office of the Secretary-General provides support to the Secretary-General in the exercise of his functions and the fulfillment of his mandate, including the preparation of his daily activities, missions abroad and overall coordination of the work of the OECD Secretariat.  The Office is lead by the Chief of Staff.  The Secretary-General is assisted in his function by OECD Deputy Secretaries-General.

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Chief of Staff: Mr. Juan Yermo
Deputy Chief of Staff: Mr. Rafal Kierzenkowski

Responsibilities of the Secretary-General and Senior Management


Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

Secretary-General Angel Gurría

Areas of responsibilities                                                                                                 

  • General Secretariat
    • Council Secretariat (CES)
    • Legal Directorate (LEG)
    • Internal Audit (IA)
  • Executive Directorate (EXD)
  • Public Affairs & Communications (PAC)


Attached Institutions*

  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • Accession

* These three institutions have their own Management
Boards and funding arrangements. They depend on the
OECD's management for issues regarding
administration and operations.

Senior Management

Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD

Deputy Secretary-General Masamachi Kono

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF)
  • Environment and Sustainability (ENV)
  • Financial Stability Board (FSB)




Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Green Growth


Deputy Secretary-General Ludger Schuknecht

Areas of responsibilties:

  • Trade and Agriculture (TAD)
  • Education & Skills (EDU)
  • Fiscal issues (CTPA)


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Compact with Africa
      - Skills Strategy

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD  

Deputy Secretary-General Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship,
       SME’s, Regions and Cities (CFE) 
  • Science, Technology and
       Innovation (STI)
  • Employment, Labour, Health and  Migration (ELS)
  • Skills Center (SKU)


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Going Digital II

 Jeffrey Schlagenhauf Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Deputy Secretary-General Jeffrey Schlagenhauf

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Public Governance (GOV)
  • Development Cluster
       - Development Cooperation Directorate (DCD)
       - Development Centre (DEV)
       - Sahel and West Africa Club


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Anti-corruption
      - SDGs


Chief Economist Laurence Boone

Areas of responsibilities: 

  • Economics department (ECO)
            - Policy Studies
            - Country Studies
  • G20 Finance Track 



Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Housing

Chief of Staff Juan Yermo

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Office of the Secretary-General
  • Global Relations and Global Governance


Horizontal projects & initiatives:
- New Approaches to Economic Challenges
      - Strategic Foresight (SF)
      - Inclusive Growth (IG) (including gender)


Highlights of activities of the Office of the Secretary-General

Better Policies Series

Policy oriented and specific recommendations and timely advice on key issues at the centre of national debate.

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Coffees with the SG

An initiative to connect the Secretary-General, OECD Staff and Delegations to latest, cutting edge thinking. 

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Sherpa Unit

Coordinates OECD contribution in global fora, maximising the leverage of its work, standards and policy recommendations. 

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Deepens OECD's understading of the complexity of policy challenges.

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Inclusive Growth

Increased awareness of the importance of inclusiveness for sustainable long term growth

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Strategic Foresight

Strengthens OECD's analysis by including anticipatory knowledge

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Sustainable Development

Enables key players to conduct discussion at a high and horizontal level

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OSG team

Juan Yermo
Chief of Staff 



Rafal Kierzenkowski
Deputy Chief of Staff


Romina Boarini
Senior Advisor & Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth Initiative

Silvia Da Rin Pagnetto
Head of Management

Duncan Cass-Beggs
Head of Strategic Foresight Unit 

Amanda Gautherin
Head of Protocol and Resource Management

William Hynes
Head, NAEC 


Naoko Kawaguchi


Mario Lopez-Roldan
Head of Speech Writing & Intelligence Unit

Nicolas Pinaud
OECD Sherpa to the G20 and the G7


Nejla Saula
Head of the Sherpa Office


Litsa Vavakis