An Imagined Country: A new perspective is needed on rural areas to secure a COVID-19 recovery
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui & Peter WostnerDirector, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Chairman; OECD Working Party on Rural Policy, OECD
About Lamia Kamal-Chaoui & Peter Wostner
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui is the Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). She supports the Secretary-General in achieving the OECD’s mission to advance economic growth and social progress as well as contributing to other global agendas such as the G20, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the implementation of the SDGs. Ms Kamal-Chaoui has held several senior positions at the OECD since 1998 and was appointed Director of the CFE in 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Macroeconomics from the University of Paris Dauphine and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and History from the University of Paris Diderot. /// Dr. Peter Wostner is an expert on economic and territorial development, competitiveness as well as EU budget and policies. For over 15 years he has been directly involved in the EU budgetary and cohesion policy regulatory negotiations as well as setting up of the programming framework and implementation arrangements, including design of (RTDI, competitiveness, entrepreneurship and HR) policy instruments on the national level. Between 2014 and 2019 he headed the design and policy delivery of Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy, the S4. In this process he has also been the driver of setting up of Slovenian clusters, the Strategic Research and Innovation Partnerships. Since 2019 he works as senior analyst dealing with productivity, digital and structural transformation as well as territorial dimension at the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development. He is a lecturer, moderator and also author of number of articles, especially on innovation, territorial development, EU budget and Cohesion policy. Dr. Wostner has been closely involved in the OECD’s territorial activities since 2010, in 2012 he became the Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Policy Committee and in 2016 the chairman of the OECD’s Working Party on Rural Policy.