OECD Local Skills Week: Future-Proofing Local Skills Systems


Karen Maguire

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division


Karen Maguire is Head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division in the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. The Division provides data, policy analysis and capacity building to national and subnational governments in the areas of local economic development, local actions for employment and skills, entrepreneurship, the social economy and culture. Prior to that, she was a Senior Counsellor in the Centre supporting the strategic direction and management of the 130-person team. She has also served for over a decade the Regional Development Policy Division, covering a wide range of regional, urban and rural development issues as Acting Head, Counsellor and Head of the Regional Innovation Unit. She has authored numerous OECD publications on regional economic development, innovation and clusters. Prior to joining the OECD, Maguire worked as an investment banker for UBS in New York, an international consultant in economic development and a research analyst for the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in economics and sociology from the University of Chicago and an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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