Deputy Director, Environment Directorate
Kumi Kitamori is Deputy Director at the OECD Environment Directorate. She supports the Director in overseeing the work of the Environment Directorate, which provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice to support governments in identifying and implementing the environmental policies needed to support a cleaner, more resource-efficient and low-carbon green growth path, in coordination with other directorates. As Head of Green Growth & Global Relations Division, she overseed the mainstreaming of green growth in the work of various policy committees of the OECD and in member and partner countries. This included a dedicated programme that promotes green growth policies, finance and investment in the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region. She worked in the OECD Environment Directorate on various issues including emissions trading and taxes, water pricing, climate change, biodiversity, health & environment, among others. She led a flagship project OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 published in 2012. During 2005-2006, she served as Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General. Prior to joining the OECD in 2000, Kumi was at the World Bank where she worked extensively in South and Southeast Asia on urban and environmental infrastructure projects (green finance for urban infrastructure, water supply & sanitation, industrial pollution management, etc). Kumi holds BA and MSc in development and economics from New York University and London School of Economics. She is a Japanese national.