Annalisa Primi

OECD Development Centre

Head, Economic Transformation Division


Dr. Annalisa Primi is Head Economic and Transformation Division at the OECD Development Centre (Paris, France) where she leads the OECD Initiative for Policy Dialogue on GVCs, Production Transformation and Development. More than 20 years of experience. She joined the OECD in 2009, working as an economist in the Directorates for Science, Technology and Innovation and Public Governance and Territorial Development. From 2003 to 2009 she was Associated Economic Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL, Santiago, Chile). Her work focuses on the linkages between industrialization, innovation and development and on the role of the state in shaping development trajectories. She has extensive experience in technical assistance in emerging and developing economies on innovation and industrial policies. She has a record of official and academic publications (cfr. She has been the lead-economist for the OECD (2013), Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Industrial policies in a Changing World, OECD (2013), Start-up Latin America: promoting innovation in the region; OECD (2012), Industrial Policies and Territorial Development: lessons from Korea; author of “The Return of Industrial Policies: (what) can Africa Learn from Latin America?” in Noman and Stiglitz (Eds.) 2015, Industrial Policy and Economic Transformation in Africa, Oxford University Press, co-author of Intellectual Property and Industrial Development: a Critical Assessment, in Cimoli, Dosi, Stiglitz (eds.) 2009, Industrial Policy and Development, Oxford University Press). She holds a PhD in Economics from School of Business and Economics of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, a Master Degree International Cooperation and Economic Development from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a Degree cum laude in Economics of Institutions and Financial Markets at the University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy).

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