OECD Health Ministerial and High-Level Policy Forum

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Mark Pearson is Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Mr. Pearson works with the Director to provide leadership in the co-ordination and management of the activities of ELS and ensure that it is at the forefront of the international social and employment agenda. Mr. Pearson joined the Organisation in 1992, initially working in DAF on tax issues. After working on the OECD Jobs Study, he moved to ELS where he headed work on employment-oriented social policies, including developing the concept of ‘Making Work Pay’ and starting the publication ‘Society at a Glance’. He became head of the Social Policy Division from 2000-2008, during which time he initiated work on ‘Babies and Bosses’, ‘Pensions at a Glance’, led the first cross-directorate work on gender, and work on income inequality in OECD countries. In 2009 he became Head of the Health Division where the central focus of work has been on how to deliver health care with greater efficiency, including putting much more effort into prevention of obesity and harmful use of alcohol. Mr. Pearson is British, and has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford, and an MSc in Economics and Econometrics from Birkbeck, University of London.