The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development named Martine Durand as its new chief statistician. Durand joined the OECD in 1983, was deputy director of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs since 2002. In her new position, Durand will lead the organisation's work in developing statistics and indicators to promote evidence-based decision-making. She also will head the Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, in which the OECD works with other national and international bodies to develop sets of key economic, social and environmental indicators to gauge the well-being of society.
Durand is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE) and holds masters degrees from the Paris VI University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Durand succeeds the OECD's former chief statistician, Enrico Giovannini, who now heads Italy's national statistics institute, ISTAT.