The team leader at FIER, Jouni Välijärvi, is a professor in education policy and evaluation at the University of Jyväskylä, and has been the director of the Finnish Institute for Educational research since 1996. He has been National Project Manager of the OECDPISA since 1998 and represented Finland in the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement since 1996. He has been working in many expert groups as a chair and member in OECD, EU, Ministry of education and culture, National Board of Education, Council of Finnish Municipalities and Trade Union of Education in Finland. He is a member of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre and chair of its Higher Education Evaluation Committee.