| Thorkil Kristensen |
|Born||9 October 1899|
|Died||26 June 1989 (Age 89)|
|Alma mater||Copenhagen University|
|Member of||Club of Rome|
First Secretary-General of the OECD. 3 Bilderbergs
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. He was a member of the Club of Rome.
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.
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.
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/1958||13 September 1958||15 September 1958||Buxton|
|The 7th Bilderberg and the first one in the UK. 72 guests|
|Bilderberg/1961||21 April 1961||23 April 1961||Canada|
|The 10th Bilderberg, the first in Canada and the 2nd outside Europe.|
|Bilderberg/1965||2 April 1965||4 April 1965||Italy|
|The 14th Bilderberg meeting, held in Italy|