STI/PIE Young Professional
Lea Samek is a Young Professional at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Directorate. Her work encompasses a wide array of innovation and industry-policy related topics including knowledge-based capital (aka intangible assets), the link between innovation and productivity, jobs and skills in the digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence. She is also a Research Associate at the UK Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). Prior to joining the OECD, Lea worked as an Economist at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London and as a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, researching human capital, labour productivity and their measurement in the context of the modern economy. She obtained her PhD from King’s College London, where she examined the role of health in human capital formation. She also contributed to the Smart Public Intangibles (SPINTAN) project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union, measuring education services as intangible assets.