Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Michael Oborne

Michael Oborne

Professional Background:

Michael Oborne retired from from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris 2011, where he had worked since 1980. Prior to joining OECD, Oborne taught at Smith College, University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Paris IX (Paris-Dauphine). He 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,  Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry, Director of the OECD International Futures Programme, and the Director for the OECD Global Science Forum.




B.A. from University of California, Berkeley

M.A. from University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley

Additional studies at Cambridge University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris 

Points of Interest:

Michael seeks to “recognize and understand the world in which we live” by “scrutinizing the signs of the times.” It has been Michael's task, above all, to exercise the virtue of prudence which has been evidenced both in the carefulness of his approach: “We have to be very, very careful – economists, and social scientists, and in any other field – to make sure that the narrative we have about wealth, poverty, technology, and growth is well-founded. Because the narrative is a story, and destroying means you have taken some elements and left others out or you don’t know others. In many cases, narratives are based on ignorance;” and in the decisiveness of his judgments: “the only guarantee to having an interesting person is to have an educated person.”

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