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.

Chief of Staff: Mr. Juan Yermo

Deputy Chief of Staff: Mr. Rafal Kierzenkowski

Responsibilities of the Secretary-General and Senior Management


Secretary-General Mathias Cormann

Areas of responsibilities                                                                                                 

  • Corporate Support Services
  • Economics Department (ECO)
  • Global Relations 
  • Sherpa


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:

  • Trade and Agriculture (TAD)
  • Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF)
  • Environment and Sustainability (ENV)
  • Tax (CTPA)




Horizontal projects & initiatives:
      - Sustainable Growth


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)
  • Centre for Well being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal
       opportunities (WISE), Horizontal projects & initiatives
  • Education and Skills Directorate (EDU)


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 (SWAC)
  • Statistics and Data Directorate (SDD)


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
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC)
  • Strategic Foresight (SF)
  • Gender




OECD Sherpa to the G20 and the G7 Nicolas Pinaud

 Sherpa Unit (Head : Ms. Nejla Saula)

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Strategic engagement in the G20 and related engagement groups
  • Relations with non-member economies in the context of the G20 
  • Contributions to the G7
  • Support to the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC)


Highlights of activities of the Office of the Secretary-General

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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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


Duncan Cass-Beggs
Head of Strategic Foresight Unit 

Amanda Gautherin
Head of Protocol and Resource Management

William Hynes
Head, NAEC 


Hanna-Mari Kilpeläinen

Senior Advisor

Litsa Vavakis