Thorkil Kristensen

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Person.png Thorkil Kristensen  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, academic)
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Born9 October 1899
Fløjstrup, Denmark
Died26 June 1989 (Age 89)
Birkerød, Denmark
Alma materCopenhagen University
Member ofClub of Rome
First Secretary-General of the OECD. 3 Bilderbergs

Employment.png Secretary-General of the OECD

In office
September 1961 - September 1969
Attended Bilderberg 1965

Employment.png Secretary-General of the OEEC

In office
1960 - September 1961
Attended Bilderberg 1961

Thorkil Kristensen was a Danish politician, finance minister and national economist. He became the First Secretary-General of the OECD. He attended 3 Bilderbergs, one in 1958 as Professor at Copenhagen Business School, where he presumably was scouted for the OECD job, and two in the 1960s as Secretary-General of the OECD.[1][2] He was a member of the Club of Rome.

Early life

He was born as a farmer's son in Fløjstrup and first took the real exam in Vejle in 1915 and then the commercial exam in Odense in 1916. In 1927 he graduated as a master of politics. in national economics at the University of Copenhagen.

Between 1938 –1945 he was professor at Aarhus University and 1947–1960 at the Copenhagen Business School.

Political work

Thorkil Kristensen was elected member of the Folketing 1945–1960 and became Minister of Finance in the Ministry Knud Kristensen 1945–1947 and in the Ministry Erik Eriksen 1950–1953, where he was nicknamed 'Thorkil Livrem' ('Thorkil tighten the belt')

He came into conflict with the Liberal Party over economic policy and resigned from this party in 1960. The direct cause of the break was disagreement over an agreement that the party leadership had entered into with the Conservative People's Party in the autumn of 1959, which involved proposals for significant tax reductions, what he considered in the then situation to be irresponsible. A group of his followers were then (without his involvement) behind the creation of the Liberal Centre, which was represented in the Danish Parliament for a few years in the 1960s.

Secretary General

After his retirement from politics, he was 1960-1969 the last Secretary-General of the Organization for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) and the first Secretary-General of the OECD.

In 1946 he became a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.

He was one of the initiators of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, where he served as director in the period 1970–1988.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/195813 September 195815 September 1958Buxton
The 7th Bilderberg and the first one in the UK. 72 guests
Bilderberg/196121 April 196123 April 1961Canada
The 10th Bilderberg, the first in Canada and the 2nd outside Europe.
Bilderberg/19652 April 19654 April 1965Italy
Villa d'Este
The 14th Bilderberg meeting, held in Italy