OECD appoints new directors for economic policy


16/01/2014 - The OECD has appointed a former Portuguese economy minister and a high-level German government official to top leadership posts in the Economics Department, reinforcing its commitment to identifying and promoting policies that improve countries’ long-term economic performance.


Alvaro Santos Pereira will become Director of the Country Studies Branch on 1 April 2014.


Christian Kastrop will become Director of the Policy Studies Branch on 15 March 2014.


Welcoming the two appointments, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said: “Mr Santos Pereira and Mr Kastrop will bring valuable political and policy experience to the Organisation, ensuring that it continues providing solutions to the challenges countries face in today’s complex and multi-polar economy.”


Mr Santos Pereira, Portugal’s Minister for Economy and Employment from June 2011 to July 2013, will support the Chief Economist and ensure that the Organisation remains at the forefront of the international political economy agenda. He will directly oversee 70 staff members responsible for around 20 country-based Economic Surveys annually.


As Minister for Economy & Employment in the Government of Portugal, Mr Santos Pereira was responsible for industry, commerce and services, tourism, energy and public works, transportation and employment policy, implementing a major programme of economic and labour reforms.   Prior to this, he was a Professor of Economic Development and Economic Policy at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and at the University of York, in the United Kingdom. He holds a Doctorate in Economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Exeter, UK.


Mr Kastrop, a German national with lengthy experience at the Ministry of Finance, will support the Chief Economist, provide leadership and strategic direction within the economics department and ensure that analysis and policy advice promote stronger, cleaner and fairer economic growth. He will directly oversee a staff of 90, responsible for key publications including the twice-annual Economic Outlook and the flagship report on structural reform, Going for Growth.


Since 2011, Mr Kastrop has been Deputy Director-General of the Economics/Strategy Department of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and Director of Public Finance, Macroeconomic and Research Directorate.  His career at the ministry also includes stints as Deputy Director General of the European Department and Director of European Economic and Monetary Union Directorate; Deputy Director General of the Money, Banking and Finance Department; and Director for G20, IMF, OECD, International and Monetary Policy Directorate. He holds a Doctorate in Economics and a Masters in Economics and Psychology from the University of Cologne.


Further information on the two appointments is available from the OECD Media Office (+33 1 4524 9700).


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