Director, OECD Forum
Anthony Gooch was appointed Director of Public Affairs & Communications at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in April 2008. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing OECD’s public affairs, communications & engagement strategies, engaging globally with all non-governmental stakeholders on all areas of public policy. He co-ordinates the OECD’s major international public communication efforts to address OECD priorities. Most recently, this includes efforts to contribute to tackling the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Longer-term initiatives include the OECD’s effort to overhaul international tax standards in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis to establish fairer tax systems to close down tax havens and ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax in the context of the digital economy (BEPS). He pioneered the award-winning OECD Better Life Index, a ground-breaking initiative to put citizen at the heart of efforts to improve the well-being and quality of life. More recently he has taken the lead in shaping OECD’s response to the challenge of the “post-truth” era, co-ordinating the OECD Campaign on the Future of Work addressing all relevant policy dimensions. Mr. Gooch is the Director of the OECD Forum. Now in its 20th year, it gathers leading policy makers and shapers across the globe to address the key issues on the international agenda. Building on its success, the Forum created an online community: the Forum Network. He also chairs OECD’s Global Parliamentary Network, gathering over 1500 legislators from over 50 countries including OECD and G20 members to address key public policy issues. The Network includes specific groups on International Tax Standards, Integrity and most recently on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining OECD, Mr. Gooch worked for the EU Commission for 13 years as an international trade negotiator, the EU’s Trade Spokesman & special adviser to the Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy. He also represented the EU in its Embassies in the US in Washington DC and UK in London. He has a Postgraduate degree in Political Science & International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and an MA in Modern History from Cambridge University.