Skills beyond school

Enhancing higher education system performance - OECD Higher Education Team







Dirk Van Damme
Head of the Skills Beyond School division



Shane Samuelson
Senior Analyst


Shane joined the Directorate for Education and Skills and the OECD in May 2015 as the head of the higher education team in the Skills Beyond School division. Shane leads the Enhancing Higher Education System Performance projects (benchmarking higher education systems performance and the in-depth analysis of higher education topics), working with the Informal Working Group on Higher Education initiated by the Education Policy Committee in 2014. Shane previously worked in a range of senior positions in the Australian Department of Education and Training and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and has extensive policy experience on higher education, vocational education and training (VET) and skills. She was Australia’s Education Counsellor in Brussels from 2008 to 2010, where she worked closely with the European Commission and member states. Shane has 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.


Margarita Kalamova
Policy Analyst


Margarita joined the OECD in 2009 and the higher education team in July 2017. She was recently responsible for the OECD Skills Outlook publication and previously worked on economic, environmental, innovation and labour market policy issues. Prior to joining the OECD, Margarita worked as a researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center and the European Central Bank. Margarita holds a PhD in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany






Liam Lynch
Policy Analyst


Liam joined the Directorate for Education and Skills and the OECD in February 2016 as a policy analyst for higher education. Prior to joining the OECD, Liam spent eight years working in various roles in the Government of Canada’s Department of Employment and Social Development, most recently as a senior policy analyst responsible for higher education and training policy. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Victoria Galán-Muros
Policy Analyst


Victoria joined the Higher Education unit as a Policy Analyst in May 2017. Victoria is working on the in-depth analyses of the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education systems. A Spanish national, Victoria holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in university-business cooperation. She has a background as lecturer and researcher, participating in 11 universities of eight countries. Victoria has authored over 50 publications and given over 50 presentations in international conferences. Victoria was also a senior consultant in higher education and innovation who has worked in over thirty countries for numerous universities and national governments, mostly in Europe and Latin America, as well as for the European Commission.


Gabriele Marconi
Policy Analyst


Gabriele joined the Directorate for Education and Skills and the OECD in May 2015 as a policy analyst in the team supporting the Indicators of Education Systems (INES) network. In this position he contributed to the annual Education at a Glance publication and was responsible for the development of tertiary education indicators. He joined the higher education team in January 2017 to work on the benchmarking higher education systems performance project. Before joining the OECD, Gabriele worked for or provided consultation services for various think tanks on education and labour issues. Gabriele has a PhD in the economics of education from Maastricht University.



Shizuka Kato

Junior Policy Anayst


Shizuka joined the Directorate for Education and Skills in May 2018. Before joining EDU, Shizuka, a Japanese national, was employed as a consultant at the OECD Tokyo centre. She also worked as a programme coordinator at the Centre for International Education, Waseda University. She holds a BA in Education from Keio University and an MSc in Education from the University of Oxford.

Massimo Loi



Massimo joined the Directorate for Education and Skills in November 2016 as a statistician on the benchmarking higher education systems performance project. Massimo has extensive experience in developing statistical indicators of education systems, working previously as a researcher at the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Econometrics and Applied Statistics Unit), and the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies. He has also worked as a consultant at UNESCO (Education Sector, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning), the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (Statistics, Studies and Surveys Unit) and the Swiss Institute for Vocational Education and Training. Massimo holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Padua University. 








Funda Görür

Project Assistant

  Funda Görür joined the Directorate for Education and Skills and the OECD in May 2015 as a Project Assistant. Before joining the OECD she worked at Macmillan Publishing, where she was part of the careers team on the scientific journal Nature. Her areas of responsibility included the Naturejobs Career Expos, which are science-focused career events for postgraduate students and young researchers. Funda has also supervised fundraising campaigns for the WWF and German Red Cross. She studied in the United Kingdom, where she gained a BA in Politics and Economics and a Master of Science in Political Economy. During her studies, she was a supervisor for Student Support Services.




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