Mathilde Mesnard is Deputy Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD since November 2016. In this capacity, Ms. Mesnard provides intellectual leadership to the directorate across the different policy areas of anti corruption, corporate governance and responsible business conduct, and supports the co-ordination and management of its programme of work and its Committees.
Ms. Mesnard has extensive experience in the OECD, having been the coordinator of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Initiative since 2013. In this position she supported the development of thirty innovative projects across the Organisation, promoting new approaches and outlining research directions. She led a seminar series on NAEC and contributed to increased collaboration across different work streams. She developed a synthesis report with policy recommendations and directions for in-house analytical improvements.
Prior to this, Ms. Mesnard has worked as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General and Counsellor, supporting the delivery of the Secretary-General Strategic Agenda, including in the preparation of the Ministerial Council Meetings, the advancement of relationship with key partners, and the OECD Accession Process. She also launched and coordinated the CleanGovBiz Project and contributed to the follow up of issues related to financial and enterprise affairs, governance, integrity and gender equality.
From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Mesnard worked in the Corporate Affairs Division of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, where she led and contributed to a number of projects on corporate governance in South-East Europe, the Russian Federation, Asia and China, and developed the OECD Guidelines on corporate governance of SOEs. Ms. Mesnard had previously held positions as management consultant with Deloitte & Touche, Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Picardie, and Financial Analyst at Citibank.
Ms. Mesnard is a French national and holds a degree in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in Finance and an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. She received her PhD in Economics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.