Katju Holkeri & Elsa Pilichowski

Head of Unit, Governance Policy Unit, Finnish Ministry of Finance; Director, Public Governance Directorate, OECD

About Katju Holkeri & Elsa Pilichowski

Katju Holkeri is currently the Head of Unit for Governance Policy Unit in the Finnish Ministry of Finance. The unit’s responsibilities are open government, steering systems, trust, general governance policy, civil service legislation, ethics, leadership policy and leadership support, knowledge management and international co-operation in governance policy. Ms Holkeri is the current chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Open Government. She also served as the chair of the OECD Public Governance Committee from 2010 to 2012 and before that as a vice –chair for four years and again as a vice-chair from 2015 to 2019. Previous tasks include for example acting as vice chair for the programme and research advisory group of IIAS from 2009 to 2018.

Ms Elsa Pilichowski is the Director of the Directorate for Public Governance (GOV). 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, leading projects and teams on Agencies, Public Employment and various governance and indicator issues. Ms Pilichowski then moved to the OECD Global Relations Secretariat as deputy head of unit for the Eurasia region and in 2014 to the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) where she was Advisor and then Counsellor to the Secretary-General on the strategic and corporate agenda of the OECD.  Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Pilichowski held positions of Research Assistant at the World Bank.

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