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 PAI PIC  Yuri Belfali

 

Yuri Belfali
Senior Analyst

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +(33-1) 45 24 92 96
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: Yuri.BELFALI@oecd.org

Yuri Belfali is Senior Analyst of the Directorate for Education and Skills in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Yuri is co-ordinating Directorate’s policy advice work and currently leading education policy reviews of Indonesia, Thailand, Latvia, and Colombia. 

She also co-ordinates the knowledge mobilisation and management for the better use of evidence in policy making. Prior to joining the OECD in 2013, Yuri served as Education Chief of UNICEF Morocco and Education Specialist of the World Bank, and managed the programmes to support the reforms to improve the quality and equity of education, as well as led the donor co-ordination in the field of education and the youth. Yuri holds a Master’s Degree in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis from School of Education, Stanford University.

 

PAI PIC Marco KOOLS

Marco Kools
Analyst

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +(33-1) 45 24 15 31
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: Marco.Kools@oecd.org

Marco Kools is an Analyst with the Directorate for Education and Skills. He currently works on the OECD-Latvia Education Policy Accession Reviewand the development of the next Education Today publication.

He previously worked on the OECD-Wales Education Policy Review, Improving Schools in Wales, CERI' Innovative Learning Environments project and led the development of the Education Today 2013 publication.

Prior to joining the OECD in 2012, Marco served as an Education Specialist with UNICEF in the Solomon Islands, in Laos and at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Italy. Before that Marco for several years worked in the field of education and training in the Netherlands, where he in 1999 had also started his career as a teacher at a junior secondary school. Marco holds several degrees including an MBA, a Post-graduate Diploma in Policy Analysis and Evaluation and a B.Sc. in Educational Sciences.
 
PAI PIC Anna PONS

Anna Pons
Analyst

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +33 1 45 24 81 87
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: Anna.PONS@oecd.org

Anna Pons is a Policy Analyst in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. She is currently involved in the reviews of the education system of Korea and Thailand. Previously, she co-authored Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools, which looks into policies to improve equity in education and reduce school failure, and an adaptation for North-American and Asian countries.

Anna has also contributed to Public and Private Schools: How management and funding relate to their socio-economic profile, peer reviewed several publications, collaborated with the roundtables on competition policy, and co-authored the sections on public procurement and open government for Government at a Glance 2011.

Prior to joining the OECD, Anna had worked for the Government of Catalonia, the City Council of Manresa and the private sector. Anna holds a master in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po, ENSAE and École Polytechnique, and bachelors in Economics and in Political and Administration Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

 

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Beatriz Pont
Senior Analyst

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +33 1 45 24 1824
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: beatriz.pont@oecd.org

Beatriz Pont is a Senior Analyst on Education Policy in the OECD Education Directorate. At the OECD since 1999, she has focused on education policy issues, except for a year that she spent in the Secretary General’s cabinet studying political economy of reform across OECD countries.

She has managed and contributed to a range of education policy comparative reviews in the area of school improvement, school leadership, equity, adult learning and adult skills, among others (Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools (2012); Improving Lower Secondary Education in Norway (2011); Improving Schools in Mexico (2010); Improving School Leadership (2008); Promoting Adult learning (2008)).

Previously Beatriz was a researcher on education, training and active labour market policies at the Economic and Social Council of the Government of Spain and worked for Andersen Consulting in Barcelona. Beatriz has a B.A. in Political Science from Pitzer College, Claremont, California, holds a M.Sc. in International Affairs from Columbia University, and was a research fellow at the Institute of Social Science in Tokyo University.
 

Désirée Wittenberg
Consultant

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +33 1 45 24 93 75
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: Desiree.WITTENBERG@oecd.org

Désirée Wittenberg is currently working as a consultant for the Policy Advice and Implementation Division. She contributed to the Education Policy Outlook series from September 2013 to March 2014 as a Carlo Schmid Fellow. Among others, she drafted and edited country profiles (United States, Austria, Germany), as well as reform trends chapters on preparing students for the future and funding.

Désirée previously worked on innovation in public employment services and at the Hamburg Institute for Education Monitoring where she was in charge of data analysis with regard to education and migration. In 2012, she was a member of the OECD's Public Affairs team and helped to prepare the Gender and Skills IdeaFactories at the OECD Forum. Other work experiences include traineeships at the German Embassy Canberra and the German Parliament.

A German national, Désirée finished her M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) in 2013. She also holds degrees in European Studies from the Universities of Hamburg and Sydney, as well as a double diplôme in French and German Studies from the Universities of Bonn and Paris IV - Sorbonne.

 

Richard Yelland
Head of Policy Advice and Implementation Division

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +33 1 45 24 92 60
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: richard.yelland@oecd.org

Richard Yelland is Head of the Policy Advice and Implementation Division (PAI) in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

OECD’s motto is ‘Better Policies for Better Lives’ and the Directorate’s mission is to assist in achieving high quality lifelong learning for all that contributes to personal development, sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

Drawing on the data, evidence and analysis developed by the Directorate for Education’s teams of statisticians and analysts PAI coordinates the provision of advice on education policy to OECD members and other countries, both collectively and individually, across all sectors of education.

Richard joined OECD in 1986 from the then Department of Education and Science in the United Kingdom. He is frequently invited to speak at international meetings on education. He was born and educated in England, and has a degree from the University of Cambridge. He is married to Anne and they have three children.
 
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Juliana Zapata
Consultant

Policy Advice and Implementation
Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD

Address: 2, rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Phone: +(33-1) 45 24 16 37
Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 76
E-mail: juliana.zapata@oecd.org

Juliana Zapata is a Consultant on Education Policy in the OECD Education Directorate, where she has contributed to the Improving Schools projects and the launching of the Education Policy Outlook. She previously contributed to the Social Policy Project Families and Children in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.

Juliana has recently completed her Master of Public Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris. She also holds a M.S. in Urban Education from Mercy College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Tufts University.  Her experience includes field research in Mexico and India as well as teaching experience in both New York City and Paris.

 

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