Mr. Juan Yermo took up his functions as Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General of the OECD on 1st July 2020.
In this capacity, Mr Yermo supports the Secretary-General’s strategic leadership and ensures that the Organisation delivers on its mandates. He oversees the functioning of the cabinet, which includes the team of advisors, two horizontal policy units (New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) and Strategic Foresight), and the Sherpa Office. He also steers a whole-of-Organisation initiative to provide targeted policy advice and reform support to countries, leads efforts to strengthen strategic partnerships with other international organisations and foundations. He also coordinates the Organisation’s Voluntary Contributions (VC) focal point.
Mr Yermo supports Deputy Secretary-General Jeffrey Schlagenhauf in overseeing the OECD Action Plan on the SDGs and the Strategic Approach to Anti-Corruption and Integrity. He also co-chairs the OECD’s Friends of Gender Equality +, and is a member of the Directors’ Group steering the recently established Centre on Well-Being, Inequalities, Sustainability and Equal Opportunities (WISE).
Previously, Mr Yermo served as Deputy Chief of Staff since October 2014, supporting the Secretary-General and the Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa in steering the strategic agenda of the Secretary-General, and in managing the cabinet and day-to-day operations.
Mr Yermo joined the OECD in July 1999 as head of the private pensions unit. He oversaw the Working Party on Private Pensions and led the launch of the OECD Pensions Outlook, among other publications. Before joining the Office of the Secretary-General, Mr Yermo was Deputy Head of the Financial Affairs Division of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs. He supported the organisation’s input to the G20 project on investment financing, including the development of the G20-OECD High-level Principles of Long-term Investment Financing by Institutional Investors.
Prior to joining the OECD, Mr Yermo was a consultant for the Latin America and Caribbean Department of the World Bank, a risk analyst at Bankers Trust, and an economist at SBC Warburg.
Mr Yermo holds a Ph.D. (DPhil) and MPhil in Economics from Oxford University, and an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He is a Spanish national.