Simon Field - Project Manager
Simon Field is an expert on the comparative international analysis of vocational education and training systems. As leader of the OECD’s flagship programme of work on vocational education and training over many years he has led and delivered reviews of policy in more than a score of countries throughout the world. He is the lead author of the OECD’s two main publications on vocational education and training policy (Learning for Jobs, 2010 and Skills Beyond School: Synthesis Report, 2014 ) as well as many individual country reviews. He has published extensively, not only on education policy but also historically on topics as diverse as how the weather affects crime patterns, and refugee resettlement. He holds a Ph. D. in philosophy and social policy from the University of Cambridge and an M. Sc. in Economics from Birkbeck College London. He was born and brought up in Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Jennifer Cannon – Project Assistant
Jennifer Cannon has been an assistant in the OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills since 2003 and is currently an assistant for Skills beyond School, the OECD review of postsecondary vocational education and training (VET). She was the assistant to Learning for Jobs, the OECD review of VET at secondary level prior to that. Before working with the OECD VET team, Jennifer worked as an assistant in the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). Jennifer is of British nationality.
Elisa Larrakoetxea - Project Assistant
Elisa Larrakoetxea is currently working as an assistant for Skills beyond School, the OECD review of postsecondary vocational education and training (VET). She previously worked on South East Europe in the OECD’s Global Relations Secretariat, where she was responsible for organising meetings related to the Central European Free Trade Agreement. Elisa is Spanish and has a degree in philosophy and educational science.
Tanja Bastianic - Statistician
Tanja Bastianic is a statistician working with the Skills beyond School team and the National Skills Strategy team, working mainly on PIAAC, PISA and TALIS datasets. Tanja holds a Master’s degree in mathematics applied to social sciences from Paris V University and a Master’s in mathematics from Padova University, Italy. Tanja previously worked for the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Tanja is originally from Croatia and Montenegro, and she speaks Serbo-Croatian, French, English and Italian.
Viktoria Kis - Policy Analyst
Viktoria Kis co-ordinates the OECD’s new project on Work-based Learning in Vocational Education and Training (VET). She has extensive experience of VET policy, having worked on the OECD reviews of upper secondary and postsecondary VET. She is a co-author of the OECD’s two main publications on VET policy (Learning for Jobs, 2010 and Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report, 2014) and is the lead author of individual country reviews of upper secondary and/or postsecondary VET in eight countries. She has also worked on the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and is a co-author of the report Time for the U.S. to Reskill?. Prior to this, she worked on the OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education. She holds an M.Sc. in economics from Birkbeck College London, an M.Sc. in educational research methodology from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree in international affairs from Sciences Po, Paris. She is a Hungarian and Vietnamese national.
Malgorzata Kuczera - Policy Analyst
Malgorzata Kuczera joined the OECD in 2005. She is the co-ordinator of the new OECD review of adult learning and skills. The review, drawing extensively on evidence from The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), advances policy recommendations designed to improve basic skills and their utilisation. Prior to this she worked on the reviews of vocational education and training (VET) at upper secondary and postsecondary level. As part of this exercise she reviewed VET systems in a range of countries including the US, Korea, China and Norway. She co-authored two major OECD reports: Learning for Jobs and Skills Beyond School: Synthesis Report presenting findings and conclusions from the OECD work on VET. Her previous work on equity in education led to the OECD report No More Failures: Ten Steps to Equity in Education of which she is a co-author. She obtained an Msc in economics from Birkbeck College London, a DESS in international administration from Université Paris 1 Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in political science from Jagiellonian University in Cracow.
Pauline Musset - Policy Analyst
Pauline Musset is the co-ordinator of Skills beyond School, the OECD reviews of vocational education and training (VET). As part of this exercise she is the lead author of reviews in several countries including Austria, England and Israel. She is also working on the new adult learning and skills project, which draws on the results of The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and looks at the challenges countries face in improving foundation skills of their adult population. She will be the lead author of the review of Finland. Before joining the Skills beyond School team, she worked on the OECD review Overcoming School Failure: Policies that Workand is one of the co-authors of the 2012 publication Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Schools and Students. She holds a dual Master’s degree in International Economics and Political Sciences from Sciences Po, Paris.
Hendrickje Catriona Windisch – Policy Analyst
Hendrickje Catriona Windisch is currently contributing to the OECD country reviews on postsecondary vocational education (Skills beyond School) and the adult learning and skills project linked to The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC – Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). Prior to this, she worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) on vocational education in Kosovo and for Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) on the national vocational education and training system. She holds a Master’s degree in EU international relations and diplomacy studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Master’s degree in international relations and French from the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom. She is of German nationality.
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