Mathilde Mesnard is Acting Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD since August 2021. In this capacity, Ms. Mesnard ensures that DAF’s analysis and advice remains at the forefront of policy thinking, promotes economic growth and social progress and fully reflects the multidimensional nature of the OECD, providing intellectual leadership, co-ordination and management.
Ms Mesnard was a Deputy Director of DAF from 2016-2021, with responsibility for the policy areas of anti corruption, corporate governance and responsible business conduct, in addition to supporting the co-ordination and management of DAF's programme of work and Committees.
From 2013 to 2016, she was Co-ordinator of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Initiative where she supported the development of multiple innovative projects across the Organisation, promoting new approaches with an impact on OECD analytical work, data collection and publications. Prior to this, Ms Mesnard was Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General and Counsellor in OSG where she supported the delivery of the Strategic Agenda of the Secretary-General, including in the preparation of the Ministerial Council Meetings, advancement of relationship with key partners, and the OECD Accession Process. She also supported the development of the CleanGovBiz Project, a strategic horizontal initiative on anti-corruption and integrity.
From 2001 to 2009, Ms Mesnard worked in the Corporate Affairs Division of DAF 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 has 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.