Early childhood and schools

Strength through Diversity Team



Photo - Lucie Cerna


Lucie Cerna is Project Leader in the Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD, Paris and a Research Associate at the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford. At the OECD, she has worked on different projects such as Governing Complex Education Systems, National Skills Strategies and currently Strength through Diversity. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford, and an Assistant Professor in Global Challenges (Political Economy) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Lucie has published widely on 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 consultant 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)


Alexandre Rutigliano is a consultant for the OECD Strength through Diversity project. Alexandre holds a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology at Aix-Marseille University and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris. He is mainly specialised on cultural diversity, children and adolescents’ right to participation and education. He previously taught in a primary school in Vietnam and worked in Bolivia with an NGO promoting children’s rights in the country. Within the Project, Alexandre focuses on the inclusion of ethnic groups, gifted students and LGBTI students in education systems. (Contact)