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Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) Douglas Frantz took up his duties at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 2 November 2015. DSG Frantz is former US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and also worked for then-Senator John Kerry as chief investigator and deputy staff director of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was previously a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 35 years. As DSG, he actively contributes to the strategic direction of the OECD’s development agenda, notably in the context of supporting countries in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, in cooperation with the United Nations. In addition to focusing on OECD’s regional initiatives in South East Asia, the MENA region, Latin America and Africa, he oversees the Organisation's global relations portfolio.