Mr. Angel Gurría has been the Secretary-General of the OECD since 2006. Under his leadership, the organisation has established itself as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture including its active engagement with the G20, G7, APEC and other international fora. Mr. Gurría has advanced the OECD’s impact and relevance in several policy areas, focusing on the promotion of better lives through inclusive growth and new approaches to economic challenges. He has also made the OECD more inclusive through new memberships, strengthening the link with key emerging economies and fostering its global outreach.
Mr. Gurría joined the OECD following a distinguished career in public service in his native Mexico, including positions as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1994–1997) in the Ernesto Zedillo administration and Secretary of Finance between 1998–2000. In Mexico, Gurría was widely seen as the architect of the Mexican economic stabilization.
Mr. Gurría has also received several accolades for his distinguished work from more than 30 countries, including the titles of Grand officier de la Légion d’honneur and chevalier dans l’ordre du Mérite agricole, awarded by the French Government. In 2007, Mr. Gurría became the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council for his effort as a global citizen to promote trans-nationalism, inclusiveness and a global consciousness. The list of accolades includes the Ben Gurion Leadership Award, the Award Isidro Fabela by the Mexican Association of International Studies, The Nueva Economía Award, the Orden Bernardo O’Higgins en el Grado de Gran Cruz, and the Medalla Rectorial from the University of Chile, among many others.