05/06/2018 – OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Laurence Boone as the new OECD Chief Economist. Ms. Boone, who will take up her duties end of July, replaces Catherine Mann, who served in the post from 2014 to 2017.
“Laurence Boone brings her considerable experience and expertise to the OECD at a crucial moment,” said Secretary-General Gurría. “As OECD member countries and partners see their economies recovering from the crisis, now is the time to not only maintain momentum but seek new and inclusive approaches to growth. Her leadership of the OECD’s economic team will be a vital part of our effort to rebuild the multilateral system for a new age.”
As Chief Economist, Ms. Boone will lead the work of the Economics Department and supervise the contributions of the Economics Department to the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) and Inclusive Growth (IG) initiatives. She will represent the OECD on economic issues and participate with the Secretary-General in the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and with the OECD Sherpa in the G7 and G20 meetings.
The Economics Department brings together more than 182 staff members involved in the production of the OECD Economic Outlook, more than 50 country-based economic surveys, the Going for Growth report that benchmarks structural reforms in member and partner countries and a broad range of analysis and policy advice. She will ensure the Department is at the forefront of economic thinking and coordinate the work of the Country and Policy studies branches to enhance synergies and co-operation with the whole of the OECD, including through contributions to horizontal projects.
Currently AXA Group Chief Economist and AXA IM Global Head of Multi Asset Client Solutions & Head of Research, Ms. Boone began her career at Merrill Lynch Asset Management. She was a researcher at France’s economic research institute, CEPII, and served as an OECD economist from 1998-2004. Other posts have included Chief Economist at Barclays Capital France and Managing Director of European Economic research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Between 2014 and 2016, Ms. Boone was Special Advisor for Multilateral and European Economic & Financial Affairs and G20 Sherpa to the Presidency of the French Republic, in charge of managing the G20 negotiations on behalf of the President and of managing the relationships with the EU institutions, IMF and member states.
Ms. Boone, a French national, has a PhD in Applied Economics from the London Business School (UK); a Master’s Degree in Econometrics & Macroeconomic Modelling from Reading University (UK); a Master’s Degree in Economics from Université Paris X Nanterre (FRA) and a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Modelling and Quantitative Analysis from University Paris X Nanterre (FRA).
The Chief Economist reports directly to the Secretary-General and works in close co-operation with officials throughout the Organisation. In announcing Ms. Boone’s appointment, the Secretary-General extended his appreciation to Alvaro Pereira, Acting Chief Economist and Director of the Country Studies Branch of the OECD Economics Department for his service.
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