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Michael Oborne was an official in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 1980 until 2011. He has held posts as Senior Research Fellow (China and Pacific Basin), Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary General of OECD, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division of OECD, and Deputy Director for the Science, Technology and Industry Department. From 2000, Dr Oborne was Director of Strategic Foresight in OECD and Director of the OECD's International Futures Programme. He was also responsible for the OECD Global Science Forum where large scale science programs and projects are discussed among governments. He designed, launched and supervised the large OECD Future's Project The Bioeconomy to 2030 which was published in 2010.
Mr. Oborne was educated at the University of California at Berkeley (BA, MA, and PhD), Cambridge University, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Prior to joining OECD, he taught at universities in the United States, Great Britain, France and Italy (as a Senior Fulbright Professor). In the 1980's he worked on the political economies of the Pacific Basin countries, and published books and articles on technology and direct foreign investment issues in the People's Republic of China.
Over his career, Mr. Oborne has worked extensively in the areas of biotechnology, science policy, innovation policy frameworks, information technology policy and the political economy of China. Currently, the International Futures Programme is working on projects focused on the commercialisation of space, the new security economy, monitoring and managing new systemic risks and the emerging bio-economy.
Dr Oborne was Director of the Las Casas Institute in Oxford University’s Blackfriars Hall from 2011 until 2014. He also teaches in the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and the University of Pavia in Italy (REM Programme), as well as lecturing in universities in Europe and the United States.