Anthony Mann - Project Lead
Dr Anthony Mann leads the Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning team. He joined the OECD in 2017. Previously, he was the Director of Policy and Research and Deputy Chief Executive at the Education and Employers Taskforce (a London-based charity dedicated to improving understanding and delivery of employer engagement in education). Prior to this, he spent a decade as a policy official at the English Department for Education and, before that, as a university lecturer in U.S. history. The author of many articles and reports on issues including employer engagement and apprenticeships, Anthony was the lead editor of Understanding Employer Engagement in Education (Routledge, 2014). He has a PhD from Keele University and a Masters from the University of Manchester. He grew up in Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Tanja Bastianic - Statistician
Tanja Bastianic is a statistician working with the vocational education and training and adult learning team. She is mainly working on projects linked to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Prior to joining OECD, Tanja spent eight years working in the French public sector where she participated in and lead several research projects mainly in the field of health and social care. Tanja holds a Master’s degree in mathematics applied to social sciences from Paris Descartes University and a Master’s in mathematics from Padova University, Italy. Tanja is originally from Croatia and Montenegro, and she speaks Serbo-Croatian, French, English and Italian.
Benedicte Bergseng - Analyst
Benedicte Bergseng joined the vocational education and training (VET) and adult learning team in September 2017 as an analyst on a two-year secondment from Norway (the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training). She has extensive experience on working with policy development on VET issues in a national and international context, including cooperation with social partners, governance, quality assurance and the labour market relevance of VET. Benedicte will take the lead on the review of Bulgaria on funding and governance. She is also a co-author of the VET review of Estonia and is working on the project “Unlocking the potential of migrants” that includes a review of Germany. She holds a Masters’ degree in political science from the University of Oslo.
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.
Viktoria Kis - Project Manager of work-based learning in VET
Viktoria Kis is a policy analyst and manages the OECD’s 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 and Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report, which synthesise findings and policy messages drawn from reviews conducted between 2007 and 2014 around the world. She 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 Survey of Adult Skills and is a co-author of the report Time for the U.S. to Reskill? (2013). Prior to this, she worked on the OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education. She holds an MSc in economics from Birkbeck College London, an MSc 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 - Project Manager of country studies of apprenticeship
Malgorzata Kuczera manages the new OECD country studies of apprenticeship. She is currently working on issues related to apprenticeship policies, such as how to make apprenticeship schemes more attractive to companies and individuals. Prior to this work, she coordinated Basic Skills reviews drawing on evidence from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills. In addition, she reviewed and analysed vocational education and training (VET) both at upper secondary and postsecondary level in many countries around the world. She also worked on issues of equity in education. She is the lead author of the report on basic skills in England: Building Skills for All: A Review of England, Policy Insights from the Survey of Adult Skills, and of many country reviews on vocational education and training. She is a co-author of two comparative 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 has an MSc in economics from the University of London, a Master’s degree in international administration from Paris I Sorbonne, and a Master’s degree in political science from Jagiellonian University in Poland. Malgorzata is Polish.
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.
Pauline Musset - Project Manager of skills beyond school reviews
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 Work and 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.
Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning Team
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