Žiga Žarnić is Special Advisor of the Environment Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Žiga supports senior management with substantive advice on green growth, climate change economics, and green finance and investment in liaison with the OECD Secretary General’s Office. Žiga has been responsible for developing and promoting green growth indicators in macroeconomic surveillance and national development plans, with a focus on the effectiveness of policy pathways, regulatory settings, greening of financial systems, and economic opportunities in the context of reaching the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.
Žiga has co-authored the 2011 and 2014 OECD Green Growth Indicators reports, followed by the 2015 report on Monitoring Progress towards Green Growth in the Latin America and Caribbean region. In his earlier capacity as the OECD coordinator of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, Žiga had co-led a GGKP scoping paper “Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators”. Prior to joining the OECD, Žiga worked as Economist at the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, and leading economic research institutes. Žiga is Slovenian with a PhD in economics from the Catholic University of Leuven.