Sergio Arzeni



Sergio Arzeni is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Local Development at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Centre oversees the work of the Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED), the Trento Centre for Local Development in Italy, the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship and the Tourism Committee. Within the OECD, he has created a network of partners with the private sector, the academic world, foundations and civic society, developing a policy dialogue between a wide array of stakeholders outside national governments and also involving sub-national institutions. He is the founder of a set of international fora on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Development Agencies and Investment Strategies, Partnerships and Local Governance, the latter bringing together over 2500 local partnership organisations in 53 countries. He holds a degree (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Rome and specialised in Industrial Economics at the International University Institute of Luxembourg and in International Economic Relations at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., USA.  He is Senior Enterprise Fellow at the School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Essex, UK. Mr Arzeni was a young entrepreneur, creating three companies in the media and advertising business at the age of 19.


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