Early childhood and schools

Strength through Diversity Team



Photo - Lucie Cerna


Lucie Cerna is Senior Analyst in Equity, Inclusion & Transitions in the Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD, Paris and an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. At the OECD, she has worked on different projects such as Governing Complex Education Systems, National Skills Strategies and currently Education for Inclusive Societies. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford; an Assistant Professor in Global Challenges (Political Economy) at Leiden University, the Netherlands; and a Research Associate at the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford. Lucie has published widely on education, skills and migration issues – her most recent book is Immigration Policies and the Global Competition for Talent (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Lucie holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford. (Contact)


 Staff photo - Cecilia Mezzanotte


Cecilia Mezzanotte is a policy analyst for the Strength through Diversity Project. She holds a Bachelor in International Economics and Management and a Master in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations, both from Bocconi University. Cecilia has previously worked at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, focusing on Health and Social issues. Her main interests related to inclusive education are special education needs and particularly mental health issues in school populations, and gender policies. She focused her master thesis on reverse gender gaps in education. (Contact)

Samo Varsik is a policy analyst at the Strength through Diversity Project. Prior to joining the OECD, Samo worked as a senior analyst at the Education Policy Institute, an analytical unit under the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic, where he specialised in inclusive education policies, early childhood education and care, out-migration and quantitative analyses in educational context. Samo was born in Slovakia and studied economics in Edinburgh and London. (Contact)

Hannah Borhan joins Education for Inclusive Societies as a temporary staff member. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Edinburgh University, and a Master's degree in Learning Sciences from Université Paris Cité. Her Master's thesis focused on the inclusion of marganalised children's voices in classroom decisions and education research. She has prior experience as an intern with the OECD's 21st Century Children project and has also worked as an English teacher in France. (Contact)


Daiana Torres Lima is a project assistant with the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills where she contributes to the administrative support to both the Strength through Diversity and the Schooling, Teachers and Teaching projects. She holds a Master’s degree in History from Sciences Po Paris and in International Relations from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before joining the OECD, she worked at UNESCO Headquarters and as a history teacher in secondary schools in Brazil. (Contact)




Lydia Vosberg is currently interning with the Education for Inclusive Societies team as part of her Master’s degree in International Development Studies at Sciences Po Paris. Prior to joining the OECD, she worked as a consultancy intern in international development cooperation projects in Berlin and as an English teacher in Tel Aviv. Lydia holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. (Contact)


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