Who's Who in PISA

 

The OECD Secretariat has overall managerial responsibility for the programme, monitors its implementation on a day-to-day basis, acts as the secretariat for the PISA Governing Board, builds consensus among countries and serves as the interlocutor between the PISA Governing Board and the international consortium charged with the implementation of the activities.

 

General contact information

Postal address:
OECD PISA
2 rue André Pascal
75775 Paris Cedex 16

E-mail address: edu.pisa@oecd.org

 

Internships

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Secretariat please make sure that you are able to meet the following requirements then send a message to edu.pisa@oecd.org together with your CV.


The PISA team

Andreas Schleicher
Deputy Director, Directorate for Education

As Deputy Director (since 1 February 2012), Andreas is responsible for steering the work of the Directorate for Education as whole. Prior to his position as Deputy Director, Andreas was Head of the Indicators and Analysis Division, directing the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the OECD Indicators of Education Systems programme (INES) and steering the development of new projects such as the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and the OECD skills project.

At the OECD, Andreas has also held the posts of Deputy Head of the Statistics and Indicators Division in the former Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (1997-2002) and Project Manager in the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) (1994-1996). Before joining the OECD, Andreas served as Director for Analysis at the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) within the Institute for Educational Research in the Netherlands (1993-1994) and International Co-ordinator for the IEA Reading Literacy Study, at the University of Hamburg, Germany (1989-1992). Originally a graduate in physics, he subsequently studied mathematics at Deakin University in Australia, where his master's thesis received the Bruce Choppin Award.

In 2003, Andreas was awarded the "Theodor Heuss" prize, given for "exemplary democratic engagement" in association with the public debate on PISA. He also holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. In 2002, Andreas was awarded the "educación y libertad en el ámbito educativo" prize by the Spanish national association of private schools.

A German citizen, Andreas is married, with three children. He speaks German, English, Italian and French.

Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 93 66
andreas.schleicher@oecd.org


Marilyn Achiron
Editor

Marilyn joined the PISA team in 2010 after working as an editor in the OECD’s Public Affairs and Communications directorate. She has worked as an editorial consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. She was a staff writer and editor at Newsweek magazine in New York and a stringer for The Boston Globe and BusinessWeek magazine, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Cairo, Egypt. Marilyn holds a BA in English literature from Yale University and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College. She is an American national and speaks English and French.
Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 75 67
marilyn.achiron@oecd.org

 

Francesco Avvisati
Analyst

Francesco joined the OECD in 2010 and the PISA team in 2013 to work on the analysis of the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving skills. Before that he worked in the Directorate for Education and Skills on the CERI Innovation Strategy for Education and Training project. Prior to joining the OECD, Francesco was a researcher and lecturer at the Paris School of Economics, at the French Ministry of Labour, and has been a member of the “Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab - Europe”. Francesco Avvisati holds a PhD in Economics from the Paris School of Economics – his doctoral research focused on the benefits of parental involvement programmes for school achievement and behaviour of middle school students - and is an alumnus of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Francesco speaks Italian, French, English and German.
Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 17 61
francesco.avvisati@oecd.org

 

Francesca Borgonovi
Analyst

Francesca began working on PISA in June 2008. Before that, she worked in the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) on the Social Outcomes of Learning (SOL) project. Francesca was previously based in the Department of Social Policy and in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she was actively involved in the development of theoretical and empirical research on poverty alleviation, redistribution, health, disability, and family policies. Francesca has held visiting positions at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Francesca holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Francesca is Italian and speaks Italian, English and is currently learning French.
Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 17 06
francesca.borgonovi@oecd.org

 

Marika Boiron
Publications Production assistant

Marika has been working in the PISA team since 2010. She co-ordinates the French versions of PISA publications. Marika first joined the OECD as a translation trainee in 2005 and has been working as a Publications Assistant in the Directorate for Education since 2009. Marika is French and holds a Master’s Degree in Translation from the École Supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs in Paris. Marika speaks French, English and Spanish.
Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 82 97
marika.boiron@oecd.org

 

Jenny Bradshaw
Senior Project Manager

Jenny joined OECD in February 2012 and is responsible for the overall management of PISA. She started her career as an English teacher and holds an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a PhD in Applied Linguistics, both from Reading University in the UK. She has UK nationality and has previously worked in the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, the Sultanate of Oman and Malaysia. Before joining OECD, Jenny worked at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in the UK for 12 years. She first worked in the Department for Research in Assessment and Measurement, where she led test development, international survey and assessment research projects. She then became Head of NFER’s Centre for International Comparisons. In this role she was responsible for oversight of NFER’s PISA, PIRLSTIMSSPIAAC and ESLC survey teams as well as the centre’s other international projects. She was the National Project Manager for PISA in the UK for the 2006, 2009 and 2012 cycles. 
Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 93 29
jenny.bradshaw@oecd.org


Michael Davidson
Head of Division

As head of the Early Childhood and Schools Division, Michael is responsible for overseeing the following OECD activities: PISA, the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), the work of the Learning Environments Evaluation Programme (LEEP), reviews on evaluation and assessment frameworks for improving school outcomes and reviews on early childhood education and care. Prior to his current position Michael was project leader for TALIS and then PISA.

Before joining the OECD in 2003, he worked as a statistician for over 20 years in the UK Civil Service with postings in the Ministries of health, trade and industry before joining the education ministry in 1989.
Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 92 25
michael.davidson@oecd.org


Elizabeth Del Bourgo
Publications Production Assistant

Elizabeth (also known as Beth) joined the OECD in September 2011. Before that Beth spent 8 years working for an NGO developing education and poverty alleviation programmes in West-Africa, where she was in charge of communications and fundraising.  She has also worked as a copywriter and editor in a communications agency specialised in internal organisational communication.  Beth is an American national from Chicago and has a degree in International studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She first came to Paris in 2005 and has additionally lived in Spain and Israel.  Beth speaks English, French and Spanish.

Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 78 06
beth.delbourgo@oecd.org

 

Juliet Evans
Administrative and communications coordinator

Juliet has been working for PISA since 1999. She is the first point of contact for all administrative and communications matters and facilitates the flow of materials and information between the Secretariat and countries participating in PISA. Juliet came to Paris and to the OECD in 1996, where she initially worked for the Director of the former Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. She then worked on the OECD’s International Adult Literacy Survey and Early Childhood Education and Care project before joining PISA. Juliet is British and has a degree in French Studies from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Juliet speaks English, French and some German.

Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 99 94
juliet.evans@oecd.org

 

Tue Halgreen
Analyst

Tue joined the OECD in 2012 and the PISA team in 2013. He works on the project management of PISA. Before that he was for five years an advisor on assessment and evaluation policy in the Danish Ministry of Education. While in the ministry, he led the implementation of a national student assessment program and coordinated the country’s participation in international education studies. Tue holds master's degrees from the universities of Lancaster and Copenhagen. He speaks Danish and English and is currently learning French.

Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 95 55
tue.halgreen@oecd.org

 

Miyako Ikeda
Analyst (currently on a leave of absence)

Miyako is in charge of PISA data analysis. She joined PISA in May 2004 and has a masters degree in the sociology of education from the University of Tokyo and a doctoral degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. From 2000 to 2002, Miyako was with the World Bank in Vietnam, where she conducted a national study on the quality of primary education. From 2002 to 2004, she was with the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO) as an Associate Expert and worked for a project of the Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ). Miyako speaks Japanese and English and is studying French.

Tel: +(33) 1 45 24 15 35
miyako.ikeda@oecd.org

 

Diana Tramontano
Project Support Coordinator 

Diana, a United States national, joined the PISA team in October 2009 as project support coordinator specifically for the PISA Governing Board meetings. She's now responsible for the administration for PISA for Schools and PISA for Development. She has been with the OECD since 2002. Before joining the PISA team she worked in the Development Co-operation Directorate and the Directorates for Science and Technology and Environment. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She speaks French and English and is currently learning Italian.
Tel: +(33)1 45 24 79 04
diana.tramontano@oecd.org

 

Sophie Vayssettes
Analyst

Sophie began working on PISA in 2003 as its statistician. She has been with the OECD since 1991 and before PISA worked in the former Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs and in the Directorate for Science and Technology. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in econometrics and statistics. Sophie is French and speaks French and English.
Tel: +(33) 1 45 24 91 68
sophie.vayssettes@oecd.org

 

Elisabeth Villoutreix
Publications Production Coordinator

Elisabeth has been working for PISA since 2007. She co-ordinates the production of publications and assists in designing dissemination strategies. Elisabeth joined the OECD as a trainee translator in 2005 and went on to work for the OECD Public Affairs and Communications Directorate as a proofreader. Elisabeth is French and holds a Master’s Degree in Translation from the École Supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs in Paris and a Maîtrise in Bilingual lexicography from Université Charles de Gaulle in Lille. Elisabeth speaks French, English, German and is currently learning Spanish.
Tel: +(33) 1 45 24 16 51
elisabeth.villoutreix@oecd.org

 

Pablo Zoido
Analyst

Pablo joined the PISA team in September 2008 and works on the thematic report series. Prior to joining PISA, he worked as a researcher at the World Bank from 1997 to 2001 and at Stanford University from 2004 to 2005.  In 2006 he joined the OECD Development Centre where he worked as an economist on the Latin American and Caribbean Desk.  He holds masters degrees from Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities.  Pablo is originally from Spain, speaks Spanish and English and is currently learning French.
Tel: +(33) 1 45 24 96 07
pablo.zoido@oecd.org