Who's Who in the OECD Higher Education Programme?






Deborah Roseveare

Head of the Skills Beyond School division




Shane Samuelson

Senior Analyst

Shane Samuelson joined the Directorate for Education and Skills and the OECD in May 2015 as the team leader for higher education in the Skills Beyond School division. Shane previously worked in a range of senior positions in the Australian Department of Education and Training and the Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet and has extensive policy experience on higher education, vocational education and training (VET) and skills. She has also been Australia’s Education Counsellor in Brussels, where she worked closely with the European Commission and member states.

Shane will be leading new projects on higher education including benchmarking higher education systems performance and the in-depth analysis of various higher education topics (starting with labour market relevance and outcomes). This involves working with the Informal Working Group on Higher Education established by the Education Policy Committee. Shane is also managing the OECD Higher Education Programme (IMHE).

Shane holds an Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australian National University and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney.






Valérie Lafon

Communications Analyst

(Currently on an external assignment)

Valérie Lafon is a project manager responsible for several activities within the OECD Higher Education Programme (IMHE). She is responsible for the Programme’s communication strategy and the development of its member relations. She is also in charge of IMHE workshops for members and conferences.

She has previously held several positions as a communication manager in different international organisations and NGOs. She has also worked in science and technology, and innovation and industry, as well as the development sector for many years.

She holds a Master's degree in corporate marketing and communication from Paris II University, a Master's degree in political sciences from Paris I University, a Master’s degree in applied foreign languages from Paris 7, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from Paris I.




 Emily Groves


Emily Groves returned to the IMHE programme in September 2008, having previously worked there in 2006. She is the person primarily responsible for the Programme's administration and membership relations, as well as assisting in the management of the Programme's budget and working on communication materials. She has worked at the OECD, in the Directorate for Education, since September 2003.

Emily was born and educated in Australia and has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Ancient History from the University of Queensland, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Library Science from the Queensland University of Technology. She came to France in 1997 and, before joining the OECD, she worked as an English Assistant at Reims University and an Editorial Assistant for a medical journal in Paris.








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