Mr. Angel Gurría serves as the Secretary-General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Mr. Gurría has agreed to open membership talks with Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia and to strengthen links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with a view to possible membership. He joined OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Gurría was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1998, Mr. Gurría made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. He is an active participant in various international not-for-profit bodies, including the Population Council, based in New York, and the Center for Global Development based in Washington. Mr. Gurría chaired the International Task Force on Financing Water for All and continues to be deeply involved in water issues. He is a Member of the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, based in Canada, and was the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council to honour his efforts as a global citizen to promote trans-nationalism, inclusiveness, and a global consciousness. Mr. Gurría speaks Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and some German. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM, Mexico, and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University, United Kingdom.