2021 Infrastructure and Public Procurement Week


Elsa Pilichowski


Director, Public Governance Directorate


Ms Pilichowski has more than 20 years’ experience dedicated to public governance in OECD and Partner countries. She joined the OECD in 2000, in the Public Governance Directorate where she worked until 2012. She led projects and teams on Agencies, Public Employment and various governance issues. She was instrumental in the design of the first set of indicators on government human resource management and on the production costs of governments, as well as in the implementation of the first Public Governance Review of France. Ms Pilichowski then moved to the Global Relations Secretariat in 2012 as project manager and then Deputy Head of the Eurasia programme (a.i.), where she led a project on Competitiveness in Kazakhstan and supported the Head of Programme in managing staff and ensuring quality control. Between 2014 and 2020, Ms Pilichowski was Advisor and then Counsellor in the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG), ensuring the delivery of the Secretary-General’s agenda and supporting the Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Strategic and corporate agenda. She assumed the responsibility of supporting the Cabinet work on communications, and in this role, she coordinated the Raising the Bar brochure and the Covid-19 Hub on behalf of OSG. Ms Pilichowski was Acting Director of Council and Executive Committee Secretariat between 1 July 2020 and 30 September 2020. As the director, Ms Pilichowski provides intellectual leadership and strategic vision to the Public Governance Directorate. She contributes to strengthening government capacities in areas such as regulatory policy, budgeting, public expenditure, anti-corruption and integrity, transparency, policy coherence and digital and open government processes, through cutting edge analysis, advice and support for policy reforms. As a member of the Organisation’s Senior Management Team, Ms Pilichowski supports the implementation of OECD’s priorities, as reflected in its Programme of Work and Budget, and she helps advance the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General. She works in close co-operation with OSG, the OECD Sherpa team and the rest of the Organisation and contributes to the OECD’s global relations strategy.

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