Ernesto Villalba (@ernvillalba) is an expert at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education and Training (Cedefop) since 2011 working on European transparency tools and principles. He is main responsible in the area of validation of non-formal and informal learning, where he works together with the European Commission in the follow up of the Recommendation of 2012 on validation as well as updating the European Inventory and European Guidelines. During 2012 he worked in the development of the European Skills passport and in a prototype of a tool for recording non-formal and informal learning experiences within the Europass framework.
Before joining Cedefop he worked as a scientific officer at the Center for Research on Lifelong Learning (CRELL) at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy. He has several publications relating to European policies and especially concerning the measurement of cross-curricula competences.
He holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education from Stockholm University. He is in the editorial board of the Journal of business creativity and the creative economy and the International Journal of Creativity and Human Development, and an editorial correspondent at the European Journal of Education. He has served in different committees and working groups of the OECD and the European Commission.