Anthony Gooch joined the OECD in 2008. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Organisation’s public affairs, communications and publishing strategies engaging globally with the breadth non-governmental stakeholders on all areas of public policy.
During his time at the OECD, heco-ordinated the Organisation’s 50th Anniversary and its rejuvenated mission to deliver “Better Policies for Better Lives” by conceiving groundbreaking initiatives such as the Better Life Index (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org).
From 2006 to 2008, he headed the European Commission’s Media and Public Diplomacy operations in the United Kingdom. Between 2003 to 2006, he was based in Washington DC, heading the Commission’s Media and Public Diplomacy operations in the United States, focusing on EU-US trade relations, competition cases such as Microsoft, EU global environmental and energy initiatives, bilateral negotiations on Open Skies and homeland security issues.
From 2002 to 2003, he was the EU’s Visiting Fellow to the University of Southern California Los Angeles Annenberg School, and became a Fellow of the USC Center for Public Diplomacy in 2005.
Between 1999 and 2002, he acted as the EU’s Trade Spokesman and special adviser to the EU’s then chief trade negotiator Commissioner Pascal Lamy, participating in WTO Ministerial Meetings in Seattle and launching the Doha Round, negotiating China’s WTO entry, Free Trade Agreements with Latin American and African countries, launching the Everything but Arms Initiative and work to improve access to lifesaving medicines for the world’s poorest countries.
He has a Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Political Science & International Relations from the Institutd’ÉtudesPolitiques de Paris and an MA in Modern History from Cambridge University.