Early childhood and schools

Strength through Diversity Team




Photo - Francesca Borgonovi

Francesca Borgonovi is a Senior Analyst at the OECD. Prior to working on the Strength through Diversity project: she was responsible for data analysis and analytical work in the PISA and the PIAAC teams with a particular focus on: gender and socio-economic disparities in academic achievement; outcomes of migrant and language minority students; and student engagement and motivation. Her recent publications include The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence and Immigrant Students at School - Easing the Journey Towards Integration.

Francesca has been Adjunct Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po and held visiting positions at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and the London School of Economics. (Contact)


 Photo - Lucie Cerna Lucie Cerna is an Analyst in the Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD, Paris and a Research Associate at the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford. Previously she was a Lecturer in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford, and an Assistant Professor in Global Challenges (Political Economy) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Lucie has published widely on migration issues – her most recent book is Immigration Policies and the Global Competition for Talent (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). (Contact)
  Matthew Gill is the Project Assistant for the Strength through Diversity project. He holds a BA(Hons) in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Matthew also  holds a Prince2 Project Management qualification. Before joining the OECD, Matthew worked in international affairs at the British Embassy in both Paris and Warsaw – more specifically in the visas and immigration departments.  (Contact)
 Photo - Alessandro Ferrara Alessandro Ferrara is a Consultant in the Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD. He is responsible for data analysis and analytical work in Strength Through Diversity. His interests are mostly in language barriers for migrant students and in migrant students educational and professional expectations. Alessandro holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Management and a Master in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. 
 Photo of intern, Nikita Quarshie Nikita Quarshie has joined PAI as an Intern for the Strength through Diversity Project. She is British/Ghanaian and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po, Paris. Nikita has previously interned for NETRIGHT, a network of women’s rights organisations based in Accra, Ghana. 





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