Dirk Pilat

Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation


2015 Edition, 19 November / Future digital economy forum

Mr. Dirk Pilat, a Dutch national, is Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He supports the Director of STI in pursuing the Directorate’s programme of work and contributing to the strategic goals of the Organisation as defined by the OECD Secretary-General.

Dirk joined the OECD in February 1994 and has worked on many policy issues since then, including innovation, the link between information technology and economic growth, climate change, labour markets, regulatory reform, global value chains, productivity and entrepreneurship, as well as health innovation.

He was responsible for the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy from 2006 to January 2009, and the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from February 2009 to December 2012.

Before joining the OECD, Dirk was a researcher at the University of Groningen, where he also earned his PhD in Economics, working primarily on productivity and economic growth. He has published widely both before and since joining the OECD.