Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate & Director of the Development and Co-operation Directorate, OECD
Assistant Director General on Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO & former OECD Chief of Staff, OECD
Mr. Andreas Schaal is the Director of OECD Global Relations. In this capacity, he is responsible for the OECD’s relations with Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa as well as with growing regions like Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, South East Europe, the Eastern Partner region and Central Asia, and the MENA region. He supports the Secretary General’s objectives for a regionally inclusive and globally relevant organisation.
Mr. Schaal is a non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY).
Between 2013 – 2016, he served the organisation as the Head of the Sherpa Office and the Global Governance Unit at the OECD and between 2013-2018 as the G20 Sous Sherpa. He has worked with the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to advance OECD contributions to key pillars of the global governance architecture, such as the G20, G7, APEC and the Deauville Partnership supporting Transition Countries in the MENA Region. He also represented the organisation as a Sous-Sherpa in the respective meetings.
Since joining the OECD in 2008 he has also held positions as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Investment Division of the Directorate for Financial Markets and Enterprise Affairs, and as Counsellor in the Office of the Secretary General. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Schaal held various positions during his work for the German Federal Government, including Deputy Director G8 Summit/German Sherpa Office, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology, Economic Counsellor, German Permanent Delegation to the OECD, Paris, Vice Chair (elected 2005-2006) of OECD’s Economic and Development Review Committee (EDRC) and Policy advisor and chief of staff to Parliamentary Secretary of State Siegmar Mosdorf, MP, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology.
Mr. Schaal, a German national, holds a Masters in Public Policy and Public Management from the University of Konstanz, Germany.
As a partner of MGI, McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, Anu leads research focused on global labor markets and skills; gender economics; migration; inclusive growth; and applying technology to solving development challenges including financial inclusiveness. She also leads research efforts focused on India’s economic future. Anu has co-authored MGI reports including “The future of work after COVID-19”; “The future of women at work; “The power of parity”; “The social contract in the 21st century”; “Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth”; “People on the move: Global migration's impact and opportunity”; and “Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation”. Previously, Anu was a partner of McKinsey based in Mumbai, where she co-led McKinsey’s Financial Institutions practice in India. She has authored several reports and white papers on India’s economic growth and financial sector development.
Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford
Ranjitsinh Disale, the winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, considered a Nobel Prize equivalent for teaching, shared half of his winnings with the other finalist teachers to help transform the profession. He took up teaching as an alternative profession to a career in IT. Although initially hesitant about teacher training, he successfully transformed innumerable lives, breaking significant barriers for girls in society and in the education field in India. By actively fighting for girls’ education rather than have girls marry at an early age or get a job, he has significantly boosted the retention of girls in school and improved their learning outcomes.
His use of technology in a hybrid teaching methodology has also greatly improved learning outcomes for all of his students. For example, he incorporated QR codes for audio visual supplementary material in textbooks to boost learning outcomes. His QR code idea is now being adopted across the country and is helping children learn remotely even through the pandemic. He also learned the local language of his students and redesigned material in their language. Ranjitsinh’s approach to teaching clearly demonstrates how improvements to education can be made as well as inspiring change in policy and government delivery of educational services.
Ranjitsinh has been a vocal advocate of technology to close gaps in education. He highlights that this can serve to rapidly update outdated curriculum taught in many developing countries but also close the gender gap that manifests itself early on in education and learning outcomes. Girls have faced significantly more setbacks with the onset of Covid-19 and closure of schools. As their education is not prioritized, without school they are more susceptible to being married off prematurely, being subject to domestic abuse or being asked not to return to school in favor of work. Ranjitsinh has stressed the importance of a technology-driven transformation and its time critical nature. He has successfully onboarded the students at his school online, enabling them to attend classes from home and setting an example for schools all over India.
Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; Author, The Third Pillar
Chair, OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Director of Development Co-operation, OECD
Ira Rheingold is Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organization dedicated to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. At NACA, Mr. Rheingold has testified before both Houses of Congress on various mortgage lending and consumer finance issues, offered commentary before federal agencies charged with regulating financial service industries and protecting consumers, and helped draft amicus briefs on issues of vital concern to consumers before the nation’s highest courts. While at NACA, Mr. Rheingold also managed the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance, a joint project of NACA and the Center for Responsible Lending. Mr. Rheingold previously served as the co-chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), and Board Member of the Montgomery County Maryland Consumer Protection Commission. He is also an active pro-bono attorney for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.