Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

Joaquim Oliveira Martins - Deputy Director




Deputy Director OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities




Joaquim Oliveira Martins is Deputy Director at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. He took up his duties on 1 September 2018.

As Deputy Director, Mr. Oliveira Martins works closely with the Director to advance the OECD’s work on SME and entrepreneurship policy; regional, urban, rural and local development; subnational statistics; multi-level governance and decentralisation; and tourism. He also oversees the work of the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development.

Mr. Oliveira Martins has held several senior positions at the OECD since 1991. He most recently served as Special Advisor to the Director of CFE since May 2017 where he contributed to the reorganisation of the enlarged CFE and launched the Trento Spatial Productivity Lab. He previously served for eight years as Head of the Regional Development Policy Division in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. In this capacity, he supervised projects on regional and urban economics, governance, regional statistics and well-being. From 2007 to 2009, he was Head of the Structural Economic Statistics Division in the Statistics Directorate, where he focused on trade  globalisation studies, productivity measurement and business statistics. While in the Economics Department from 1991-2007, he coordinated and authored reports on policy responses to the threat of global warming, competition, regulation and performance, ageing and growth, investment in tertiary education, and public health expenditure projections. He was also Head of Desk for Transition countries, leading the first OECD Economic Surveys of the Slovak Republic, Romania, Slovenia and Baltic countries, and the South America Desk, where he coordinated the first OECD Economic Surveys of Brazil and Chile.

Mr. Oliveira Martins is the author of numerous academic articles and OECD publications. Prior to joining the OECD, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII, Paris). He holds a MSc in Econometrics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (FAcSS).


The Centre provides comparative statistics, analysis, policy advice and capacity building. It helps local and national policy makers in OECD countries and many developing countries work together to unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation, and implement sound tourism policies. It includes the Secretariats serving the Regional Policy Development Committee (RDPC) and its three Working Parties on Urban Policy, Rural Policy and Territorial Indicators, the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE), the Tourism Committee and the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Directing Committee.

The Centre also manages several initiatives and networks that bring together national governments, mayors and other local leaders, economic development practitioners, business leaders and entrepreneurs, and social innovators. They include: the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, the Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, the Water Governance Initiative, the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment, the OECD Forum for Local Development Practitioners, Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators, the Venice Office on Culture and Local Development, and the Trento Centre, which provides capacity building to local and national stakeholders.  

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