EDUCERI › Dirk Van Damme - Head of Division of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)
Dirk Van Damme currently is Head of CERI (Centre for Educational Research and Innovation) in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD in Paris.
He holds a PhD degree in educational sciences from Ghent University and is also professor of educational sciences in the same university (since 1995). He also was part-time professor in comparative education at the Free University of Brussels (1997-2000) and visiting professor of comparative education at Seton Hall University, NJ, USA (2001-2008). His main fields of study and research have included comparative education, lifelong learning and higher education policy.
Alongside his academic career and before joining the OECD in 2008, he has been professionally involved in educational policy development in various governmental positions, most recently as director of the cabinet of Mr. Frank Vandenbroucke, Flemish Minister of Education (2004-2008). He also served as an expert for several national and international organisations, mainly in the higher education and quality assurance sector.
His current interests focus on innovation in education, comparative analyses of educational systems, new developments in the learning sciences and knowledge management in education.
He is a Belgian citizen, is married and has two children.