Mario Pezzini, an Italian national, is Director of the OECD Development Centre, which he joined in 2010, and Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. He has held several positions as Administrator at the OECD, where he has worked since 1995. Previously, he was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, as well as in US and Italian universities. He has served as an advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and think tanks, such as ILO, UNIDO, the European Commission and Nomisma in Italy. He started his career in the Government Office of the Emilia-Romagna Region.