Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, June, 21, 2016

Economic Statistics: How to Become Lean and Mean
Peter van de Ven

Head of National Accounts, Statistics Directorate
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Peter van de Ven is head of national accounts in the Statistics Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In 1984, he started his career at Statistics Netherlands in the area of national accounts. After various positions in the field of national accounts and government finance statistics, he served as director of national accounts from 2003–2011. In 2011, he joined the OECD and began his current position. He is responsible for (nonfinancial and financial) national accounts, prices and purchasing power parities, environmental accounting, and composite leading indicators.

Peter van de Ven has always been heavily involved in international discussions on the enhancement of statistics more generally, and national accounts in particular. Amongst others, he was chair of the EU Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics (CMFB), in 2009–2010, chair of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth (IARIW), from August 2010 to August 2012, member of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts from its start, and member of the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting. From September 2011 up to February 2014, he was also chair of the Inter Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA). Presently, he is chair of the Inter Secretariat Working Group on Price Statistics (IWGPS).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Onward and Upward with Multiple Data Sources for Business Statistics
Constance F. Citro

Director, Committee on National Statistics
U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Constance F. Citro is director of the Committee on National Statistics, a standing unit at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. CNSTAT carries out studies for U.S. agencies to help improve the information on which policy decisions are based and coordinate the very decentralized U.S. statistical system. Dr. Citro was previously senior study director with CNSTAT from 1984–2004 and, prior to joining CNSTAT, vice president of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and Data Use and Access Laboratories, Inc. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She received the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics in 1997 and the Waksberg Award in Survey Methodology in 2014.

For CNSTAT, Dr. Citro has directed many evaluations of censuses and surveys and co-edited the 2nd–5th editions of Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency. During her tenure as director, CNSTAT has reviewed surveys of state and local government employment and finance, farm finances, commercial buildings energy consumption, and business R&D expenditures. CNSTAT is currently reviewing the Census Bureau’s annual economic surveys and conducting a multi-year study of using multiple data sources to improve official statistics.