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:
2 rue André Pascal
75775 Paris Cedex 16

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



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
Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).

Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

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

Tel.: +(33) 1 45 24 93 66



Yuri Belfali
Head of Division

Ms. Belfali supports the Directorate for Education and Skills in providing strategic direction to the work on knowledge generation and its policy implication concerning skills development in early childhood education, care and school systems.  She oversees large scale surveys including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Teaching and Learning International Survey programme (TALIS) and thematic analyses and reviews. These programmes are key components of the OECD’s work to help countries promote learning opportunities for all, which promotes economic growth and social progress.

Ms. Belfali joined the OECD in 2013 as a Senior Analyst in the Directorate for Education and Skills' Policy Advice and Implementation Division, where she managed knowledge mobilisation, education policy country reviews and accession technical reviews.

Ms. Belfali spent the last 20 years in France, the US, and in several countries of South East Asia, Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions.  Before joining the OECD, she worked for UNICEF as Chief of the Education Section in Morocco and the World Bank in the field of human development between 2002 and 2012.   She had a leadership role in advising governments for education reforms and gender mainstreaming, as well as managed co-operation projects on early childhood, teaching, learning, and youth development.  She started her career as an associate expert of the UN and also worked for JICA and a consulting firm in Japan.

Ms. Belfali, a Japanese national, holds a Master’s degree in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tsuda College, Tokyo.



Michael Stevenson
Senior Advisor, PISA

Michael Stevenson is Senior Advisor, PISA. His responsibilities include the strategic development of the PISA survey, strategic communications and support to education ministers around the world. He is also leading the development of the content for Future of Education and Skills: an OECD Framework for 2030.

From 2007-2013 Michael led Cisco’s education business, as VP Global Education. He also founded the Global Education Leaders Program, which he co-chaired with the Gates Foundation. 

Michael began his career at the BBC, initially in television current affairs, later as BBC Secretary and Director of Education. He went on to lead strategy, communications and technology at the UK Department for Education in London.



Peter Adams
Senior Manager, PISA

Peter is responsible for the overall program management of PISA. He comes to the OECD from his role as Project Director for the introduction of the National Assessment Program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to that Peter was General Manager Assessment and Reporting at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) where he was responsible for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), the National Sample Assessment Program, the My School Website and the National Report on Schooling in Australia. Prior to that Peter has had executive management roles with Educational Services Australia, the Australian Council for Educational Research and Pearson Assessments and Testing, Australia. Peter has undergraduate qualifications in Economics, Politics and Education, post-graduate qualifications in Education, Art Education, Accounting and Finance and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is an Australian citizen and is married with four children.



Marilyn Achiron

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.


Francesco Avvisati

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.


Marika Boiron
Publications Production assistant

Marika has been working for PISA 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.


Claire Chetcuti
Project Support Co-ordinator

Claire joined the OECD in early 2012 and the PISA team in 2013 as a project support co-ordinator for the PISA Governing Board. Before working in the Directorate for Education and Skills, she was a project assistant in the Nuclear Law Division of the Nuclear Energy Agency. Prior to joining the OECD, Claire assisted with fundraising for a French Foundation in Paris and for the Medical Volunteer Program of an NGO in New York City for two years. She was also a trainee at the UN headquarters for an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Claire is French and holds a Master's degree in International Negotiation from the University Paul-Valéry of Montpellier 3. She speaks French, English and Spanish.



Alfonso Echazarra

Alfonso Echazarra joined the OECD in 2013 and the PISA team in September 2014. Prior to joining the OECD, he worked as a research associate at the Carlos III–Juan March Institute in a project on welfare regimes and immigration and at the IESE Business School in a project on healthcare innovation.  Alfonso holds a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Manchester. In 2012, he was awarded the "la Caixa" Prize in Social Sciences for his book Neighbourhood Crime: Perceptions and Reactions. Other than in education inequalities, he is interested in deviant behaviour, public opinion, residential segregation and social capital. Alfonso is originally from Madrid and speaks Spanish, English, French and some German and Italian.



Juliet Evans

Juliet has been working for PISA since 1999. She is the first point of contact for all administrative and communications matters. She's works with PISA's project managers to ensure the effective implementation of PISA and dissemination of its results. Her responsibilities include planning & monitoring PISA's work programme and budget, assessing resource needs for the project, negotiating participation agreements, managing calls for tenders, contributing to the communications strategy and managing the online dissemination of 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 and Spanish.



Tue Halgreen

Tue joined the PISA team in 2012. He is the project manager for the PISA-Based Test for Schools and also works on the analysis of PISA results, in particular for the Nordic countries, and on the management and long-term strategic development of the PISA programme. Prior to joining the OECD, Tue was a senior advisor on assessment and evaluation policy in the Danish Ministry of Education. Tue holds master's degrees from the universities of Lancaster and Copenhagen. He speaks English, Danish and French. 



Miyako Ikeda
Senior Analyst

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.



Judit Pál

Judit joined the PISA team as an intern and then consultant in 2014, contributing to the Students and Computers thematic report. Currently, Judit is a statistician, working on various thematic reviews and the well-being modules of PISA. Before joining the OECD, she was a junior research fellow at the Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS) at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is expected to defend her PhD in sociology at the Corvinus University of Budapest in spring 2016. Using social network analysis, her dissertation explores the relationship between informal status positions and negative ties – including disliking and bullying – in the classroom among adolescent students. Besides her native Hungarian, Judit speaks English and French.



Mario Piacentini

Mario joined the OECD in 2009 as a Young Professional. Before moving to the PISA team in April 2015, he worked for the Public Governance Directorate and the Statistics Directorate of the OECD, the University of Geneva and the World Bank. Mario has contributed to several large OECD and inter-agency projects on gender and well-being, and led the definition and development of international indicators on metropolitan areas, inequality, entrepreneurship and trade. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Geneva – his doctoral research focused on the relationship between migration and education mobility. Mario speaks Italian, English, French and is currently learning Spanish.



Giannina Rech

Giannina joined the OECD in 2011 as an intern for the Education at a Glance team. She then joined the PISA team as a statistician. She is mainly in charge of the analytical, statistical and editorial support of the PISA Reports and PISA Thematic Reports series. Giannina holds a master’s degree in Coopération Internationale en Education et Formation from the university of Paris 5-Descartes. She speaks French, Spanish and English.



Daniel Salinas

Daniel joined the PISA team as a policy analyst in September 2014 and is currently working on the PISA Thematic Reports series. He holds a PhD from The Pennsylvania State University, with a dual-title in Educational Theory & Policy and Comparative International Education. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Prior to coming to PISA, Daniel was a visiting scholar in the Population Research Centre at the University of Texas at Austin and a recipient of the Fulbright fellowship. Daniel is originally from Chile and speaks English and Spanish.



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.


Sophie Vayssettes

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


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