|1st Secretary-General of the OECD|
September 1961 – September 1969
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Emiel van Lennep|
|3rd Secretary-General of the OEEC|
1960 – September 1961
|Preceded by||René Sergent|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||9 October 1899|
|Died||26 June 1989 (aged 89)|
Thorkil Kristensen was elected to the Danish Parliament 1945 and became finance minister under Knud Kristiansen (1945–1947) and Erik Eriksen (1950–1953). Throughout his life he worked with difficult economic problems. Among people of his own party and opposing parties, he enjoyed great respect because of his broad knowledge of economics.
He came to disagree on economic policy with his party, Venstre, and left the party in 1960.
After his exit from politics, he was secretary general of the OECD from 1960-1969. He was the founder of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS), making it one of the first futures research institutes on the European continent. He was managing director at CIFS from 1970–1988.
He participated in the Club of Rome which attracted considerable public attention with its report, Limits to Growth, which has sold 30 million copies in more than 30 translations, making it the best selling environmental book in world history.
- Kristensen, Thorkil. The economic world balance. The economic world balance. (1960).
- Kristensen, Thorkil. The brain drain and development planning. No. 29. International Institute for Educational Planning, 1968.
- Kristensen, Thorkil. The food problem of developing countries. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1968.
- Kristensen, Thorkil. Development in rich and poor countries: a general theory with statistical analyses. Praeger, 1974.'
Articles, a selection
- Kristensen, Thorkil. "Five Years of OECD." European Yearbook 13 (1967): 1000-113.
- Andersen, Poul Nyboe (1996). "Thorkil Kristensen. En ener i dansk politik". Historisk Tidsskrift. Odense Universitetsforlag. 16 (5): 241.