Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Deputy Secretary-General OECD

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2019.  His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology & Innovation, Trade & Agriculture, as well as Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs’, Regions & Cities.

Until the end of 2018, Mr. Knudsen was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. Prior to this, he served as Sherpa and Chief Diplomatic Advisor to two Danish Prime Ministers on Security Policy, EU and Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr. Knudsen was also was appointed as Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris (2008-2009).