Michael Oborne, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Michael OborneMichael Oborne has been at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1980. He has held posts as Senior Research Fellow (China and Pacific Basin), Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary General of OECD, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division of OECD, and Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry. He is presently Director of Multidisciplinary Issues in OECD and Director of the OECD's International Futures Programme.

Mr Oborne was educated at the University of California at Berkeley (BA, MA, PhD), Cambridge University, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has taught at universities in the United States, Great Britian, France and Italy (as a Senior Fulbright Professor). In the 1980's he worked on the political economies of the Pacific Basin countries, and published books and articles on technology and direct foreign investment issues in the People's Republic of China.

Over his career, Mr Oborne has worked extensively in the areas of biotechnology, science policy, innovation policy frameworks, information technology policy and the political economy of China. Currently, the International Futures Programme is working on projects focussed on the commercialisation of space, the new security economy, monitoring and managing new systemic risks and the emerging bio-economy.

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