Rolf van der Velden (1955) is professor at Maastricht University and program director Education and Occupational Career at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). He is fellow of the Interuniversity Center for Educational Research (ICO). He supervised several (inter)national studies on the transition from school to work. He recently coordinated the international REFLEX project and was advisor on the related HEGESCO project. Currently he is one of the coordinators in the PIAAC project.