Annalisa Primi (PhD) is the Head of the Economic Transformation and Development Division at the OECD Development Centre (Paris, France). She advices policymakers in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the OECD on global trade, innovation, infrastructure and industrial development. She shaped and created the OECD Initiative for Policy Dialogue on GVCs, Production Transformation and Development and the Production Transformation Policy Reviews (PTPRs).
Prior to joining the OECD in 2009, she was Associated Economic Expert at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL, Santiago, Chile). Her work focuses on the linkages between industrialization, innovation and development and on the role of the state in shaping development trajectories.
She has extensive experience in targeted policy support and technical assistance to developing countries, as well as a record of official and academic publications. An Italian national, she holds a PhD in Economics from School of Business and Economics of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, a Master Degree International Cooperation and Economic Development from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a Degree cum laude in Economics of Institutions and Financial Markets at the University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy).