Who's Who: Plenary Session B


Plenary Session: Regulatory Policy, Guiding the Road to Recovery







- Rolf Alter
Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD


Mr. Rolf Alter has been appointed the Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on 1 July 2009. Mr. Alter, a German national, joined the OECD in 1991, serving since 2006 as Chief of Staff of Secretary-General Angel Gurría. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development and had worked in various other policy areas of the OECD. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Alter was an economist in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C., and later moved to the IMF’s African Department. He started his professional career in the German Ministry of Economy. Mr. Alter holds a doctorate degree from the University of Goettingen, Germany, following post graduate work in Germany and the United States. 










- Caroline Varley

Project Manager, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD


Ms Varley is project leader for the joint OECD/EU Commission project to review the regulatory policies of the 15 original member states of the EU. She is also responsible for orchestrating the synthesis of findings to set the scene for the next stage of regulatory policy. Prior to this she worked as a consultant on regulatory reforms, authoring the syntheses of ten OECD regulatory reform reviews as well as the OECD’s 2004 stocktaking policy synthesis of regulatory reform, which formed the basis for the OECD ‘s 2005 Guiding Principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance. From 1996 to 2001 she was head of division at the International Energy Agency, responsible for electricity and gas market reform issues. Before coming to Paris she worked in the UK civil service, which included a post on the board of the telecoms regulator. Caroline Varley was educated in France and the United Kingdom, and has degrees in economics and international politics from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics.









- Martin Tlapa

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic


Mr. Martin Tlapa, born 28th September 1964 is married and has two sons. He completed his schooling at the College of Economics in Prague in 1984. He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague in 1989 and completed his MBA study in the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Hallam University in Sheffield in 2002. He began his career at the Institute of External Economic Relations in 1989, he worked for the Federal Ministry of Foreign Trade from 1991 to 1992. He had been the Trade and Economic Secretary of the Czech Embassy in Canada till 1996 and after that he was acting as General Director of the CzechTrade agency till 2004. From 1th June 2004 he has held the position of the Vice—Minister of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Mr. Martin Tlapa manages the Section of European Union.










- Viola Groebner

Director, Industry Policy and Economic Reforms, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, European Commission


Mrs Groebner began her career at the European Commission in 1978 as an administrator with the Directorate General for Agriculture where she worked on the wine market organisation and in particular on relations with 3rd countries. She then joined the DG for External Relations dealing with various topics such as the GATT Uruguay negotiations, steel agreements, relations with the European Parliament. In 1997 she became Head of Unit of the automotive sector in DG Enterprise and as of 1.9.1999 worked as a Cabinet member for President Romano Prodi. As a Cabinet member she was in charge of all dossiers concerning the environment, industry and enterprises, regional policy, health and consumer policy. She was Director in charge of Resources Management in DG Environment for 5 years, before she re-joined DG Enterprise in September 2008. Viola Groebner studied law at the universities of Bonn and Munich and holds a law degree.











- Michael Fitzpatrick

Associate Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, United States

Michael Fitzpatrick currently serves as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where he helps to lead the Obama Administration's development of regulatory policy and White House review of significant Executive Branch regulatory actions. President Obama has also appointed him to the governing council of the Administrative conference of the United States (ACUS).  During the Presidential Transition, he served as deputy lead of the Executive Office of the President and Government Operations Agency Review Teams. Previously, he was a partner in the the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. During the Clinton Administration, he served as a Senior Advisor to the OIRA Administrator.  Mr. Fitzpatrick clerked for Judge William Norris on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after graduating with distinction from Stanford Law School. He holds a M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Brown University.










- Tadahiro Asami

Secretary General, Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC)


Named BIAC’s Secretary General since January 2007, Mr. Asami is responsible for the operational leadership and management of the BIAC.  This includes the representation at the OECD of the business communities of 33 member countries with regard to the full spectrum of public policy issues addressed by OECD governments and advanced by the private sector.  Before coming to BIAC, Mr. Asami was immersed in international finance for more than forty years, beginning his career with the Bank of Tokyo. With extensive experience in the fields of capital market, project finance, corporate and emerging market finance, from bases in Tokyo, London and New York, he dealt with financial crisis including Latin America in the 1980s and Asia in the late 1990s. He has also served at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Most recently he served as Advisor to the President of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) where he provided high quality information, and presented opinions relating to international finance and monetary issues to both Japanese and International bodies.





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