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 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 Strength through Diversity. 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)

Sarah Jameson is a consultant with the Strength through Diversity team. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and a Master’s in Advanced Global Studies (cum laude) from Sciences Po in Paris. Prior to joining the OECD, Sarah worked at a global human rights non-governmental organisation, focusing on economic and social rights. She previously worked as a lawyer and as a policy analyst for the New Zealand Government for over five years. (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)


 Some former team members  

Photo - Francesca Borgonovi                                                    

Francesca Borgonovi is a Senior Analyst at the OECD (currently on leave at University College London). Prior to working on the Strength through Diversity project, she was responsible for data analysis and analytical work in the PISA and the PIAAC teams with a particular focus on: gender and socio-economic disparities in academic achievement; outcomes of migrant and language minority students; and student engagement and motivation. Her recent publications include The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence and Immigrant Students at School - Easing the Journey Towards Integration.

Francesca has been Adjunct Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po and held visiting positions at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and the London School of Economics.