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Strengthening the Impact of Education Research - Team


Meet the team

Nóra Révai ([email protected])

Nóra Révai is leading the OECD's Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project and is an Analyst in the AI and the Future of Skills project. In recent years, she played a key role in developing the OECD’s Teacher Knowledge Survey. Her research and policy interests include knowledge dynamics in policy and practice, networks and leadership and measuring development in AI.

Before joining the OECD, she was managing EU-funded international projects on school leadership at the Hungarian national agency for European cooperation programmes in education. She had also worked as a secondary school teacher. Nóra holds an MSc in Mathematics and a BA in English Teaching from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Strasbourg, France. 


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Jordan Hill ([email protected])

Jordan Hill is an Analyst in the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project and the 21st Century Children project. He holds a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MA in International Relations from the College of Europe, Bruges. Before joining the OECD, Jordan worked as a Research Manager in a Brussels-based public policy consultancy, delivering a wide range of EU-funded research projects. Previous to this he was working on higher education policy for a London-based university association.

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Tal Malkin ([email protected])

Tal Malkin joined the team as an Intern in August 2023. She has worked for nearly 9 years in policy evaluation and consultancy for the Israeli government, focusing on employment, welfare, and education policies for underprivileged populations. Tali is currently a Rotary International Peace Fellow in Tokyo, Japan, researching extreme poverty and a minimum standard of living. Previously, Tali has clerked for a Supreme Court Judge, and served as a legal associate for UNHCR in Israel. She is a certified lawyer, and holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from UCL (UK), an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a BA in History and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University. 


Aurelija Masiulytė ([email protected])

Aurelija Masiulytė joined the team as a Project Assistant in 2022. Prior to joining OECD, she worked both for private organisations and public institutions in various administrative, event management and client service roles. She was a personal assistant to the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva, she also completed a translation internship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania during the Presidency to the EU Council in 2013. She holds a European Master in Translation studies from Vilnius University and a Bachelor in Public administration, which she complemented by an Erasmus in Sciences Po de Lyon in 2017.  

Melissa Mouthaan ([email protected])‌

Melissa Mouthaan joined the project as an Analyst in 2022. Prior to joining the OECD she was a Research Officer at Cambridge University Press and Assessment where her research focused on curriculum and education governance. Before this, she worked on EU benchmarks in education and training at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Her recent projects include working on an extensive transnational review of the state of research on textbooks; and researching teacher professionalism and training. Melissa holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a MA in Global Social Policy and BA in History and Sociology from the University of Sheffield. 


José Manuel Torres ([email protected])

José Manuel Torres is a Research Officer for the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policies from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

Before joining the OECD, he worked as a research assistant in both Chile and France, on subjects such as Socio-economic characterisation of territories and Sports economics. For three years, he worked on the design, planning and implementation of innovative educational programmes in Fundación Chile.


Former team members 

Mykolas Steponavičius

Mykolas Steponavičius joined the team as an intern in January 2022, and as a consultant in September 2022. He has interned at the Government Strategic Analysis Center focusing on a project on vocational education governance in Lithuania, worked as an assistant to a member of the Lithuanian Parliament, as well as an editor of an online magazine Europe & Me. Mykolas holds a BSc in Politics, Pscyhology, Law and Economics from the University of Amsterdam and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Sciences Po. As part of his master thesis, he analysed Lithuania’s external school evaluation system. 


Victoria Liberatore 

Victoria Liberatore was an Analyst in the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project from February 2022 to July 2022. Prior to that, she worked on the Quality beyond Regulations in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) project, including the report Starting Strong VI and country policy reviews for Ireland and Luxembourg. She previously contributed to TALIS Starting Strong, an international survey of the ECEC workforce, and the publications Engaging Young Children and Starting Strong V.

Prior to joining the OECD, she worked as a consultant at a local economic development agency in Argentina and as a university research assistant. Victoria holds a Master’s degree in International Development from SciencesPo Paris, France, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina.


Matthew Gill 

Matthew Gill was the Project Assistant for the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project from January 2021 to February 2022. Matthew holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an administrative professional with over five years of skilled experience, within international and intercultural environments. Before joining the OECD, Matthew worked for the British Embassy, Paris – more specifically within the visas and immigration department.


Tracey Burns

Tracey Burns co-developed the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project, and acted as a Senior Advisor providing advice and supervision for the project from its inception until October 2021. Tracey is a Senior Analyst in the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation(CERI), currently on secondment at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, DC as Strategic Advisor and Distinguished Research Fellow. In CERI, Tracey was heading a portfolio of projects including Trends Shaping Education21st Century Children and Strengthening the Impact of Educational Research. She previously led Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning. Tracey has authored numerous articles, reports, books, and book chapters, most recently What Schools for the Future? Leadership for Uncertainty and Trends Shaping Education 2022. Tracey is additionally a Commissioner in the UNESCO Broadband Commission and was an expert for the UNESCO International Commission on the Future of Education.

Previous to her time at the OECD she conducted research on language acquisition in children and newborn infants and was an award-winning lecturer on infant and child development. Tracey holds a B.A. from McGill University, Canada, and a PhD in experimental psychology from Northeastern University, United States.


Sergio Hernandez Mendoza

Sergio contributed to the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project as an intern from January to July 2021. He was then completing a PhD degree in Education Policy at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. His doctoral project looked at the wider effects of adult education on social capital and subjective well-being for migrant populations in Los Angeles, California. Sergio also participated as external policy advisor in the research project titled “Educational Peacebuilding in Medellin and Acapulco: Understanding the role of education, culture and learning in responding to crises” funded by the British Academy. Before beginning the PhD, Sergio was appointed as Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister of Education in Mexico.

Sergio holds an MA in Public Economics, Law and Politics from Leuphana University, Germany and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka

Hiro contributed to the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project as an intern from January to July 2021. He was then a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), the University of Toronto. In his research, Hiro examined Japanese undergraduate students' intercultural competence development through their study abroad participation in Malaysia and Thailand.

Hiro holds an MA in International Education (SIT Graduate Institute) and an MA in Peace Studies (International Christian University). Furthermore, Hiro has worked as a faculty member and program officer at universities in the U.S. between 2005 and 2008 and in Japan from 2010 to 2016. His professional expertise includes intercultural education, conflict resolution, managing diversity, and program evaluation.


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