Long-term Technological & Societal Challenges



Pierre-Alain SCHIEB - Counsellor and Head of Projects

French citizen, Dr. Pierre-Alain Schieb is Counsellor in the Advisory Unit to the Secretary-General of the OECD, which manages the International Futures Programme.  He is in charge of the International Futures Network, and is Head of OECD Futures Projects, such as the ongoing project on Global Infrastructure Needs: Prospects and Implications for Public and Private Actors, the project on Risk Management Policies in Selected OECD Countries; and the project on The BioEconomy in 2030: A Policy Agenda. Further to recommendations arising from a two year Futures Project, Dr. Schieb is also in charge of the newly created OECD Global Forum on Space Economics. The aim of the Futures Programme is to help decision-makers in government and business identify and evaluate the strategic challenges of a rapidly changing world economy within a long-term perspective.

Before joining the OECD in 1994, Dr. Schieb was formerly Executive Vice-President of International Business of one France’s major retailing groups; Dean of a graduate school of business in France; and holds an Associate-Professorship at the University of Paris Dauphine.  Co-founder of a high-tech start-up company in the early 1980s and involved in venture capital initiatives, Dr. Schieb was also a consultant to numerous French and US companies in the field of alliances, industrial cooperation, licensing, corporate and marketing strategies. He has also published many articles in the field of international management, risk management, marketing and corporate strategy.

Dr. Schieb earned a Ph.D (Doctorat d’Etat) in management science from the University of Strasbourg (1981), a DBA in economics and business administration from the University of Aix-en-Provence (1974), and a M.Sc in quantitative marketing from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). Dr. Schieb has received numerous distinctions such as: the Best Award in Economy (Aix-en-Provence, 1967), Best Dissertation Award (Quebec, Canada, 1974), Chevalier in the French Order of Palmes Académiques (1991).


ANTHONY ARUNDEL – Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Canadian citizen, Anthony Arundel has held two temporary positions in 2004 and 2006 in the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. He is currently responsible for the Bioeconomy 2030 project within the International Futures Programme until Spring 2008. In addition to administrative responsibilities, he is using clinical trial and field test data to estimate the types of biotechnology health and agricultural products that should reach the market between 2012 and 2015.

Mr. Arundel studied physical geography and biology at Simon Fraser University in Canada and completed an MA in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Maastricht. He maintains a position as Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT, a joint research institute of the United Nations University and the University of Maastricht.

His research and publications cover the innovation strategies of firms, knowledge transfer to firms from the public science sector, intellectual property rights, innovation indicators, environmental health, eco-innovation, and biotechnology. The latter includes research on the diffusion of environmental biotechnology, the adoption of genetic engineering and marker assisted selection by seed firms, and the therapeutic value of bio-pharmaceuticals. He is also active in developing and improving innovation indicators for the European Commission and in the production of biotechnology metrics for the OECD.
David SAWAYA  - Policy Analyst


American citizen, David Sawaya is a policy analyst in the OECD's International Futures Programme (IFP). Since joining the OECD in 2005, he has focused on The Bioeconomy to 2030: Designing A Policy Agenda project and the management of the IFP biosecurity website,

Prior to joining the OECD, he worked as an engineering design consultant on government and private development projects in the United States.

David Sawaya studied civil engineering, with an emphasis on structural systems, at Santa Clara University (California, USA), economics at George Mason University (Virginia, USA), and space systems at the International Space University (Strasbourg, France). He is currently pursuing a diploma in Modern Standard Arabic from the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) in Paris.


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