Mr. Mario Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre. Having served for a year as Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, he is now nominated as the Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development. Mr. Pezzini held several senior management positions in the OECD, where he has been working since 1995. In 2010 he joined OECD Development Centre. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as well as in US and Italian Universities. Also, Mr. Pezzini served as an Advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, European Commission and Nomisma in Italy). Mr. Pezzini started his career in the Government office of the Emilia-Romagna Region.