Mr Kroese is Chief Statistician, Data Officer, and Director of the Statistics Department at the IMF.
Before joining the Fund, he worked for 25 years at Statistics Netherlands. He served in various expert, management, and (senior) director roles in the fields of methodology and economic statistics. From 2013 until 2022, he acted as Deputy Director-General and CIO with special focus on and responsibility for IT and Innovation. In 2014 and 2020 (at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic), he was acting Director-General for a short stint.
Nationally and internationally, he has been especially active in the fields of innovation and environmental-economic statistics. He has chaired the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) for seven years. He has also been co-chair of the Executive Board of the High-Level Group for Modernization of Official Statistics (UNECE). In the context of the European Statistical System, he has been co-chair and deputy chair of a number of innovation related taskforces. In the Netherlands he was member of the strategy team of the Dutch National Artificial Intelligence Coalition and treasurer of ICTU, a large IT service supplier in Dutch government.
Mr Kroese holds a PhD (honors) in mathematical statistics from the University of Groningen.
Richard Heys is Deputy Chief Economist at the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) and for the last seven years has led production of productivity and investment statistics and research into economic statistics more generally. He is currently part of the UN task-team updating the System of National Accounts, with a particular focus on digitalisation. He has published on the treatment of gold and other valuables in the national accounts, public service productivity, welfare measurement, the economic impact of free digital services, crypto-assets, data and telecommunications. He chairs the OECD’s Working Party on Measuring the Digital Economy. He has experience of working in both the public and private sectors and degrees from Oxford and London.
Ms. Kerri-Ann Jones, a US national, took up her duties as Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD on July 1, 2022. Her scope of work covers, among others, the environment, development, science and innovation, data and statistics, and public governance.
Prior to joining the OECD, she held senior leadership positions promoting the role of science in public programs and policies. She most recently served as Vice President, Research and Science, at Pew Charitable Trusts. She served as the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) from 2009 to 2014. In this position, she led the office responsible for bilateral, regional, and multilateral engagement for oceans, environment, science, space and health, and also served as the Department's Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. In 2014, she received the U.S. State Department's Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service.
She previously worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she was appointed Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs and served on the National Security Council. During this term, she temporarily assumed the role of Acting Director of OSTP. She also served as Director of the Office of International Science and Engineering at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. (USAID) and for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).