PARIS21 has recently welcomed some new faces in its leadership. A new co-chair of the Board has been elected, the Executive Committee and Board have welcomed new members, and a new manager of the Secretariat has been appointed.
Mr. Mohamed Taamouti, Director of Statistics in the Haut Commissariat au Plan in Morocco, replaces Mrs. Samia Zekaria, Director General of the Central Statistical Agency in Ethiopia, as developing country co-chair of the PARIS21 Board. Mr. Taamouti will join the OECD Development Assistance Committee's chair Mr. Brian Atwood at the head of the table in PARIS21 Board meetings.
New seats on the Executive Committee include: Mr. Abdul Rahman Ghafoori (Afghanistan), Mr. Joseph Tedou (Cameroon), and Mr. Martinus Desmet and Ms. Isabelle Wittoek (Belgium). Several new members of the Board were also approved at the 2012 PARIS21 Annual Meetings. Further details on the changes in Executive Committee and Board changes are available in the record of the proceedings available on this site. The Partnership thanks Mrs. Zekaria and all other departing Executive Committee and Board members for their dedicated service to PARIS21 over the years.
Lastly, Mr. Johannes Jütting has been appointed Manager of the PARIS21 Secretariat within the OECD's Development Co-operation Directorate. He took up his duties on 1st May 2012. Mr. Jütting, in his capacity as Manager, will lead the partnership’s work in supporting developing countries to strengthen capacity to better produce and use statistical data for policy-making and monitoring of development outcomes. He will also contribute to the reflections on the design and implementation of the OECD Development Strategy as well as the Post-2015 Development Framework.
Mr. Jütting joined the Development Centre of the OECD in 2002 as a Senior Economist focusing his research and policy work on institutions, decentralization and statistics/indicators. From 2006 onwards he led the Poverty Reduction Unit where he worked mainly on employment and informality, social protection and gender and created the WIKIGENDER and the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Mr. Jütting also co-directed the production of the first OECD's Perspectives on Global Development 2010 on “Shifting Wealth”, and lead the second edition published in 2012 on “Social Cohesion”. Prior to joining the OECD in 2002, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research in Bonn (ZEF) where he directed a research group on poverty (1997-2002).
Mr. Jütting, a German national, holds a PhD (1997) in Development and Agriculture Economics and a Masters in Agriculture (1994) from Humboldt-University (Berlin) and received his habilitation in development economics from the University of Bonn. He also studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes in 1991.