Ambassador Gerard Keown took up duty as Permanent Representative of Ireland to the OECD on 20 October 2021.
Mr Keown joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1996. Prior to taking up his current post, he served as UN Director and Head of UN Security Council Task Team (2020-2021). He has held the post of Diplomatic Advisor in the Department of Finance (2018–2020), Ambassador to the Republic of Poland (2015 – 2018), and Director of Strategy (2013–2015), where he coordinated a review of Irish
Ambassador Keown is author of First of the Small Nations: The Beginnings of Irish Foreign Policy in the Interwar Years (OUP, 2016) and a number of articles on the history of Irish foreign policy. He is a committed to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
He holds a BA and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.