Angel Gurría

Published on October 19, 2017

Secretary-General, OECD | Mexico

Angel Gurría

As Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006, Angel Gurría has firmly established the Organisation as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture including the G7, G20 and APEC, and a reference point in the design and implementation of better policies for better lives. He has broadened the OECD’s membership and strengthened its links with key emerging economies. Under his watch, the OECD has heralded a new growth narrative that promotes the well-being of people, including women, gender and youth.

Born in Mexico in 1950, Gurría had a distinguished career in public service in his country, including positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit. He holds a BA in Economics from UNAM (Mexico) and an MA in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom).
Gurría has received awards and decorations from more than 30 countries, including the titles of Grand officier de la Légion d’honneur, awarded by the French Government. Most recently, he was distinguished by the President of Korea with the Gwangwha Medal for Diplomatic Service, and received recognition for his longstanding contribution to the development of public administration in Mexico.


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