OECD names UK Treasury official Clare Lombardelli as next chief economist

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has named Clare Lombardelli as its next chief economist.

She will start work on May 2 this year, taking over the role from Laurence Boone who has been appointed as a Deputy Secretary-General at the intergovernmental organization.

Lombardelli is currently Chief Economic Advisor to the U.K. Treasury, and during the past five years has worked as joint head of the U.K. Government Economic Service.

She started her career as an economist at the Bank of England, and has held other roles at the U.K. Treasury including deputy director for labor market policy and as principal private secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Lombardelli has also worked at 10 Downing Street and as a technical advisor for the International Monetary Fund. She is a visiting professor at King’s College London and visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.

In her new appointment, she will be tasked with leading the OECD’s economic analysis and policy advice for member countries seeking to optimize the strength and quality of economic development and growth.

Commenting on her appointment, Lombardelli said: “I look forward to taking up my new role, leading the OECD’s economic work to improve policies to benefit people around the world. I have loved my time in the civil service and the [UK[ Treasury – it has been a huge privilege to work with such talented, dedicated and supportive colleagues as we’ve tackled the UK’s biggest economic challenges.”