Council Members

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Council Chair

International Evaluator; former President, AfrEA; and former Vice-President, IDEAS and IOCE

Zenda Ofir is a South African evaluator, currently based in Switzerland. With a PhD in (Ecological) Chemistry, before turning to evaluation she was a senior manager in a national science council and Director of Research at Pretoria University. She has worked across the world from local to global level in many different fields at the intersection of evaluation, science and development. She has a special interest in understanding and bridging differences between societies, in the relationship between humanity and nature in the Anthropocene era, and in how to accelerate progress towards urgently needed large-scale transformative change. She is a former President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), former Vice-President of IDEAS as well as IOCE, and former Board Member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is a Honorary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. She is also a widely read blogger on evaluation for development.

Council Members

Ada Ocampo

Peruvian sociologist, President of IDEAS – International Development Evaluation Association

Ada Ocampo is a Peruvian sociologist with a Master’s Degree, with distinction, in Development Planning and Management granted by the University of Wales, UK. She has worked in the United Nations System since 1990 with UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and IFAD in different countries of North and Latin America, Africa and Asia. During her career, she has been mainly involved in evaluation capacity development and networking. She has lectured at various universities including Carleton (Ottawa – Canada), FLACSO (Santiago, Chile), Indian School of Business (Hyderabad, India and BRAC (Dhaka, Bangladesh). She is the author of several articles and publications. She is passionate about Partnerships for Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity Development. She has co-chaired EVALSDGs for 5 years. She was one of the founders of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and of the Latin America Evaluation Network (ReLAC). Ada retired from Unicef in November 2020. She currently leads the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS).


Adeline Sibanda

Founder and Managing Director of ADESIM Developments

Adeline Sibanda is the Founder and Managing Director of ADESIM Developments (formerly Troparg Consultancy Services). Adeline has 28 years’ experience in strategy, program design, planning, monitoring and evaluation with specific focus on gender responsive and human rights based evaluations. She has worked in over 23 sub-Saharan African countries with Civil Society Organizations, Community Based organizations, Governments, UN Agencies and other development partners. She is Past Co-Chair of EvalPartners (2019-2020), Past President of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) (2018-April 2020) and Past President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) (2015-2019). Adeline has been raising awareness and advocating for the Made in Africa Evaluation, an AfrEA initiative promoting evaluation practice rooted in African contexts and priorities, as well as the South-South Cooperation in Evaluation (S2SE), an initiative of five regional evaluation associations from the Global South.


Alexey Kuzmin

International Evaluation Consultant
Director, Process Consulting Company 

Alexey Kuzmin is an international evaluation consultant and trainer based in Moscow, Russia. Since 1992 he is a co-founder and Director of the Process Consulting Company – a private consulting firm. With Master degree in engineering and psychology he started organization development consulting practice helping emerging businesses and NGOs in Russia become more effective. Since the late 90-s his professional focus has been primarily on program and project evaluations at the local, national and regional levels. His PhD specialization was Program Evaluation and Organization Development. He is a former President of the Russian Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation (RASPPE), a former Chair of the Eurasian Alliance of National Evaluation Associations, a former Chair of the International Committee of the American Evaluation Association.


Apollo M. Nkwake

M&E Technical Advisor at Education Development Center

Apollo M. Nkwake is an M&E Technical Advisor at Education Development Center. He previously worked as Associate Research Professor for M&E at The George Washington and Tulane Universities. He holds a PhD in Social Development from University of Cape Town and holds Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator designation. Dr. Nkwake is a recipient of American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award. He has authored six books, several journal papers/book chapters and guest edited several special journal volumes. He is the author of: Credibility, Validity, and Assumptions in Program Evaluation Methodology (English-2015 and French-2020, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, German), and Working with Assumptions in International Development Program Evaluation (English-2013 & 2020 and French-2020, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, German). Link to LinkedIn profile 


Doha Abdelhamid

International Evaluator; Former BOD member, IDEAS and IOCE; and Former IPDET instructor

Doha Abdelhamid is an Egyptian national combining international consulting and academic experience. With a PhD in Financial Economics, she graduated and was an ECD instructor at IPDET, Carleton University, Canada. Transformative positions included: Senior Policy & International Relations Advisor to the Ministers of Finance; Economic Planning, Local Development; and Public Administration at the Cabinet of Ministers, where she was Director of portfolio reforms. First Director of the national ECD programme in performance-based budgeting/M&E for GOE. In addition, an Advisor to the Center of Parliamentary Research; VP of the Consumer Protection and Development Society; founding Evaluation Function Head at KAICIID, Austria, Advisor to the National Council for Women, and Visiting Research Associate, CLEAR AA-Witwatersrand University, SA. Doha is member of the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology, Egypt, and Independent Evaluations’ Reviewer, UNDP, NY. She is a researcher and innovator with long publications list; founding international editorial board member and referee of AEJ, among others. Doha offers lead transformative advisory services to a number of special profile institutions. Her interests are in innovative, practical evaluation policies, systems, institutional designs, approaches, and networks which improves people’s lives in meaningful ways.


Candice Morkel 

Director, Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results – Anglophone Africa

Candice Morkel (PhD) is the Director of CLEAR Anglophone Africa and senior lecturer in Monitoring and Evaluation at Wits University (South Africa). She has over 20 years’ experience in government, academia and the non-profit sector, specializing in public sector governance, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). She currently oversees projects to support countries in their efforts to build national M&E systems, working in partnership with governments, civil society and development partners. She has extensive experience in evaluation capacity development (ECD), and has developed curriculum and facilitated ECD courses in Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as the renowned International Programme on Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). She has published on various aspects of evaluation systems and capacity development, has served as a Board Member of the African Evaluation Association, Chair of the South African M&E Association, and in 2021 she was appointed to the International Evaluation Academy Council (IEAc), where she serves on the Evaluation Education Working Group.


Cristina Magro

International Independent Evaluator; IDEAS former Secretary-General

Cristina Magro is a Brazilian evaluator. She has PhD in Language Sciences, is an IPDET graduate and is certified in Institutional Assessment by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture. For 26 years she worked as a full professor in the Brazilian University UFMG; she has been a visiting scholar, researcher and associate professor at various academic institutions in Brazil and abroad, occupying academic and administrative posts. As a Senior Education Expert Consultant, Cristina worked under contracts run by World Bank and UNICEF in Timor-Leste; for the Brazilian government evaluating Universities and Faculties, and the Brazilian Ministry of Education’s Observatory of Education. She has served as the Secretary-General for IDEAS for two consecutive terms. She has edited, translated and authored several publications, either alone or with academic and professional partners.


Debazou Yantio

 Founding member of CaDEA, former Board member of IDEAS, Member of AfrEA, AEA, and Honorary Member of CES. Has served in the Steering Committee of the NONIE Initiative.

Debazou Yantio is from Cameroon, based in Côte d’Ivoire at the Independent Development Evaluation Department of the African Development Bank. He is an agricultural economist specialized in policy analysis and development evaluation. He has conducted evaluation missions in 33 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America, providing consulting services to various stakeholders: UN agencies (FAO, UNICEF, IFAD, ILO, UNFPA) and other international institutions, non-governmental organizations, private investors, local governments, and community organizations. He is founding member of the Cameroon Development Evaluation Association (CaDEA), former Board member of International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), member of American Evaluation Association (AEA), Honorary member of Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and served in the Steering Committee of the Network of Networks on Impact Evaluation (NONIE). His current interest is in advocating to bridging evaluation and policymaking, impact evaluations, and building national evaluation capacities in Africa.


Gerardo Sánchez Romero

Director Mutua Social Research – Mexico, Co-Chair of EvalYouthLAC

Gerardo Sánchez-Romero is sociologist by the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico and master in applied cultural analysis by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is evaluation consultant of projects related to inclusive development, poverty alleviation, education, public health, sustainability and human rights, and has more than eight years of experience working for governments and the public and private sector in Europe, Latin America and the USA. He is founder and director of Mutua S.C., an applied social sciences and management consulting firm based in Mexico. Mr. Sánchez-Romero is currently the co-chair of EvalYouth Latin America and the Caribbean, and former member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Evaluation of Mexico (ACEVAL), the voluntary organization of professional evaluation of Mexico.


Edward T. Jackson

Senior Research Fellow, Carleton University

Edward Jackson is a Canadian university professor and management consultant based in Ottawa. Dr. Jackson serves as Senior Research Fellow at Carleton University, Honorary Associate with the Institute of Development Studies, and President of E. T. Jackson and Associates Ltd. He specializes in evaluation, strategy and eco-system building in impact investing, blended finance, gender lens investing and ESG analysis in emerging markets, advising development agencies, foundations, and investment funds.  He is co-founder of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training and a life member of the International Development Evaluation Association. An active multidisciplinary scholar, Dr. Jackson is a member of many academic and professional bodies and has lectured and published extensively on participatory evaluation, university engagement, theory of change in impact investing, and mainstreaming gender in development finance. Originally trained in adult education and community development, Ted Jackson holds the designation of certified responsible investment professional from the United National Principles for Responsible Investment and Canada’s Responsible Investment Association.


Gabriela Pérez Yarahuan

Director for the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results in Latin America and the Caribbean (CLEAR LAC) and Professor at CIDE, México

Gabriela Pérez Yarahuan is currently Director of CLEAR LAC (Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Latin America and the Caribbean); she is also Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. She has more than 15 years of experience in the practice, research and teaching of evaluation, working with national governments and international institutions. She worked in the Mexican government in different capacities: senior economic advisor in the Ministry of Social Development, policy advisor at the Ministry of Rural Development and Agriculture, and at Ministry of Education. She was also the head of the evaluation unit at CONEVAL (National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy in Mexico) in 2007-2009. She holds a PhD and MPP in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and an MSc. in Economics from the University of Warwick. She has published several books and articles on National Evaluation Systems in LAC and on the use of evaluation.


Kataraina Pipi

Independent Evaluator

Kataraina Pipi is an independent evaluator of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine descent, a mother of two and nanny of two, living in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her business FEM 2006 Ltd provides facilitation and training, coaching, evaluation and research services. Kataraina has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research which she completed in 2009 at Massey University and a Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge completed in 2019-2020 through Te Wānanga o Āotearoa. Kataraina is the Co-Chair of Mā te Rae – Māori Evaluation Association and a current member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association. Kataraina has been working in the field of evaluation for over 15 years. Her current evaluation projects are in the early years, social services, youth justice, Maori leadership and health areas. Kataraina is a highly sought after Facilitator and Trainer who works with families, organisations, tribes and communities supporting in teambuilding, organisational development, tribal development and conflict resolution.


Janett Salvador

Independent Evaluator ACEVAL – Mexico

Janett Salvador is an expert in government management with an emphasis on the evaluation of public policies and programs. Her professional experience as an evaluator has been in public sector programs in the areas of social infrastructure, agriculture and water.

Janett was founder president of the Mexican Association of Evaluators (ACEVAL) from 2014 to 2019. Since then, Janett assumed the social commitment to promote the professionalization of evaluation both among evaluators and decision-makers in public agencies, so that it is a useful tool to reach solutions. She is also committed to the development of competencies in the new generations of evaluators, which is why teaching constitutes a fundamental exercise in her professional work.


Helen Simons

Professor Emeritus of Evaluation and Education, University of Southampton UK, former President of UKES and convener of Professionalization portfolio

Helen Simons is a New Zealander transplanted to the UK where her evaluation experience began leading to a PhD in democratic processes of evaluation. She has conducted independent evaluations of innovatory social programmes and policies, government and non-government funded, directed evaluation training in twenty five countries and for international organizations such as UNICEF. She has also played an active role in promoting the ethics of evaluation internationally. Her approach to evaluation embodies democratic and humanistic principles with a particular interest in using art forms to engage those traditionally marginalized to contribute to evaluation knowledge, enhance their autonomy, and realize social justice. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, UK and of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a founder member and former President of the UK Evaluation Society (UKES) and co-author of its Ethical Guidelines and Framework of Capabilities. She has published widely on qualitative methodology, case study evaluation and evaluation ethics.


Ian Goldman

Advisor: Evaluation and Evidence Systems CLEAR-AA, University of Witwatersrand; Adjunct Professor, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town

Ian Goldman has worked for 42 years in 20 countries on rural development, decentralization, sustainable livelihoods, community-driven development, M&E and evidence-based policy-making and implementation. From 2011 to June 2018 he was the Head of Evaluation and Research and later DDG in South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), where he led the establishment of South Africa’s national evaluation system. Ian has been a Commissioner of 3ie since 2012, is a founder of the Twende Mbele African M&E Partnership, and since 2020 a Board Member of the South African M&E Association. Ian joined CLEAR Anglophone Africa in July 2018, where he is leading research on use of evidence by African governments, and training in M&E internationally. In addition Ian is an Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading in the UK, and an Honorary Research Fellow at South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council.


Mita Marra

Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Naples-Italy and Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University-US

Mita Marra is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Naples-Italy and Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University-US. She taught within the International Program in Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) (2014-2016) and the European Study Program at Maastricht University (2006). Her research interests revolve around the evaluation of innovation and social development policies. Dr. Marra holds a MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University (1998) and the PhD in Public Policy at the George Washington University (2003). She has consulted with the World Bank, the UN, the European Commission, and the FAO; and published more than 30 articles in Italian and internationally peer-reviewed journals. Her book that translates from the original Italian as “Evaluating Evaluation: Compliance, Ambiguities, and Learning in Italy’s Public Administration” won the 2018 European Court of Auditors Award. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Evaluation and Program Planning and Past-President of the Italian Evaluation Association.


Kenza Bennani

Evaluation consultant (Gender Equality) with Universalia Management Group and IDEAS and RFE Board Member

Kenza Bennani is an evaluation consultant with Universalia Management Group, specializing in gender equality and women empowerment. She previously worked as an evaluation manager for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, coordinating strategic evaluations in the fields of humanitarian assistance, financial governance, youth empowerment, media development and education to global citizenship & sustainable development. She has ten years of work experience combining evaluation, management consulting and communications roles. She is engaged in several VOPEs, mainly as a board member of IDEAS (representing the Middle East and North Africa region) and RFE (representing the Quebec Evaluation Society), as a co-leader of the Francophone Network of YEEs (RF-Ee) and as the co-founder and co-convener of the French Evaluation Society thematic working group for YEEs (JEEunes). With a multi-faceted academic background, she holds graduate degrees in public policy, sustainable development geography and business administration. Kenza is a citizen of both Morocco and France and is currently based in Canada.


Josette Arevalo

Evaluation Specialist; EvalYouth Vice-Chair; Co-founder of EvalYouth LAC and EvalYouth Ecuador

Josette Arévalo is an Economics Specialist at the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the IDB. She has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration at the George Washington University. Josette has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance, a master’s degree in Development Economics, and a master’s degree in Public Policy. Josette has vast experience in monitoring and evaluation in the public sector, academia, and international organizations, and has taught undergraduate and graduate M&E and research methods courses. She has led evaluations involving initiatives in several Latin American countries and has managerial experience from her work as the Executive Director of the National Institute of Educational Assessment of Ecuador. Josette is one of the founders of the EvalYouth Global, LAC and Ecuador networks and currently is EvalYouth’s Vice-Chair. Josette was also the recipient of the 2017 EvalPartners Young Emerging Evaluator Award for demonstrating early career leadership through her contributions to the advancement of the EvalPartners vision.


Kassem El Saddik

International expert in program and policy evaluation; Co-Chair of EVALSDGs Global Network

Kassem El Saddik is an international expert in program and policy evaluation with extensive experience in the public sector policy, governance and institutional development. With more than 15 years of experience, he has diligently conducted various policy and program evaluations to various complex programs and projects in fragile conflict-affected environment and led 3 complex evaluation assignments for regional UN Commissions and international implementing partners in Africa and Middle East. He coordinated various Evaplartners’ initiatives aiming at strengthening national evaluation capacities and systems in various part of the world. Besides, he has contributed to various policy discussions on the participation of actors in the regional and global environmental governance (with UNEA), coordinated the Critical Conversations on Regulatory Regimes in Canada (Carleton University), among others, engaged in academic and policy forums on evaluating the Agenda 2030 and authored dozens of policy briefs. In addition to co-founding LebEval and EvalMENA, he is co-chairing EVALSDGs Global Network.


Peter Taylor

Director of Research, Institute of Development Studies, UK

Peter Taylor is Director of Research at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. He has PhD and MSc degrees in agricultural education and a BSc in animal sciences, and over 30 years’ experience in international development. He was previously Director, Strategic Development at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, also leading IDRC’s Inclusive Economies Program Area, and the Think Tank Initiative. He has worked at IDS as Research Fellow, Head of Graduate Studies, and Leader of the Participation, Power and Social Change Team; as Education Technical Advisor with the Swiss NGO Helvetas in Vietnam; as Lecturer in Agricultural Education at the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department at the University of Reading, UK; and as agriculture teacher in a rural school in Botswana. He has research, teaching, advisory and writing interests in the theory and practice of organizational development and capacity strengthening, evaluation and learning, and facilitation of participatory and social change processes in a diverse range of international contexts.


Nancy MacPherson

Senior Impact Advisor to Foundations

Nancy MacPherson is the former Managing Director for Evaluation at the Rockefeller Foundation where she established and managed the Foundation’s evaluation system across impact investing, innovation, climate change, agriculture, urban resilience, health systems and renewable energy programs. Post-RF she advises Foundations in positioning their MEL functions to be influential, innovative, inclusive of the voice of their constituents and responsive to changing global contexts. She currently serves as Impact Advisor to the Mastercard Foundation and the Laudes Foundation and sits on a number of Boards. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Nancy worked in Canada, Asia, Africa and Switzerland in international development MEL, including playing a key role in the establishment and nurturing of global and regional development evaluation professional associations and networks, notably, the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS, the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) and the Resilience Measurement Community of Practice (COP). Nancy is the recipient of the 2015 American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Enhancing the Public Good Award.


Lennise JC Baptiste, Ph.D.

Independent Evaluation Consultant, Representative of the Caribbean Evaluators International

Lennise Baptiste, holds a PhD in Evaluation and Measurement (focused on program evaluation) from Kent State University, Ohio, USA. She was the 2010 recipient of the Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Practice. She had more than 35 years combined professional experience in the fields of evaluation and education. She began the evaluation of projects and programs in the US in 2005 while employed at the Research and Evaluation Bureau at Kent State University, Ohio. In 2011, she returned to Trinidad and Tobago and has been working across the English-speaking Caribbean countries as an Independent Evaluation Consultant. She has been a member of the American Evaluation Association since 2006 and was the Chair of the Mixed Methods Topical Interest Group from 2008-2018. She is the Immediate Past Chair (2015-2018) of the Caribbean Evaluators International Board, and continues to work on behalf of the CEI on the South to South Evaluation Initiative which links the CEI to other Voluntary Organizations of Professional Evaluators in the Global South.


Mine Pabari

Independent Evaluator and Managing Partner, Athari Advisory

Visiting Research Fellow, CLEAR Anglophone Africa 

Mine Pabari is a Kenyan with over 20 years’ experience in the natural resource management and sustainable development as an evaluator as well as programme manager and implementer. Mine has been responsible for monitoring and evaluation processes across large-scale regional initiatives covering multiple countries in eastern and southern Africa. As an independent consultant, she provided technical advisory services carrying out external evaluations, facilitating self-appraisals and internal evaluations as well as training and supporting the development and implementation of monitoring and learning systems. Mine worked with local communities and social movements, as well with governments, non-governmental and international organisations at policy level. She recently became involved in evidence use and had the privilege to work on a book project as co-editor of the book, ‘Using Evidence in Policy and Practice: Lessons from Africa’ (2020). Mine is passionate about building spaces for evaluative thinking and reflection for individuals to engage meaningfully and thoughtfully in shaping their worlds and the decisions that influence our worlds.


Rosetti Nabbumba Nayenga

President, African Evaluation Association (AFREA)

Rosetti Nabbumba Nayenga is an experienced passionate monitoring and evaluation practitioner having worked for the Government of Uganda for more than 20 years in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Head of the Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit (BMAU), having previously served as a Policy Analyst in the Poverty Monitoring and Analysis Unit (PMAU). She holds a Master of Science Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science Agriculture from Makerere University; and certification in monitoring and evaluation. Rosetti is: President African Evaluation Association (AFREA); Member of Global UN Evaluation Reference Group on COVID 19; Member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Countries at WITS University South Africa; Chairperson, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) Uganda; Board Member Bank of India Uganda Limited.  She lives happily with family in Mukono District Uganda. She has expertise in editorial services, training, and budget planning and monitoring.


Rajib Nandi

Researcher and Evaluator; Board Member, Community of Evaluators – South Asia; Co-founder and Co-leader, Evaluation Community of India

Rajib Nandi is the Associate Director at the Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi – a not-for-profit research institute – with 23 years of experience in gender transformative research and evaluation. He has an M.Phil in Applied Economics; a doctoral degree in Sociology and a post-graduate certificate in Development Evaluation (IPDET). In 2018, Rajib co-edited a book entitled – Voices and Values: Politics of Feminist Evaluation, published by Zubaan Books. His areas of work and publication cover gender and development, social and solidarity economy, new social media, apart from program evaluations, and evaluative studies. Rajib has a special interest in political ecology and post-colonial history of South Asia. He was a visiting faculty at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Delhi between 2006 and 2008. Rajib is a co-founder and co-leader of the Evaluation Community of India. He is also a member of the Governing Board, Community of Evaluators–South Asia.


Neissan Besharati

Director of Development Advisory at Pan-African Investment and Research Services (Pty) Ltd.

Neissan Beshrati joined PAIRS as Director of Development Advisory. He holds a PhD (Public Policy & Development Management) from University of Witwatersrand (South Africa). He is as a senior research associate at several prominent development think-tanks and visiting professor at a number of international universities. Neissan has extensive experience as a development consultant working with multinational corporations (EY, PWC, Deloitte) and serving as a senior technical advisor to governments, philanthropies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and regional organizations. He currently sits on various UN, World Bank, AU and OECD expert groups and committees. He is a globally respected thought leader in the areas of international development cooperation, monitoring and evaluation, development finance, public-private partnerships, education policy, emerging economies and South-South cooperation.


Osvaldo Néstor Feinstein

Professor, Complutense University

Osvaldo Néstor Feinstein is a professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s Master in the Evaluation of Programs and Public Policies and member of the Evaluation Advisory Panel of UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office. He was manager and advisor at the World Bank independent evaluation department, senior evaluator at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and an evaluation consultant for several international, bilateral and national organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Author of several publications on evaluation, development and economics.


Lau Viliamu Iese

Research Fellow, Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), The University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands (USP), Chair for the research pillar – Pacific Soil Partnership

Lau Viliamu Iese (Vili) is a research fellow for Climate Change, Food Security and Disaster Risk Management at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, at the University of the South Pacific (a Regional University in the Pacific). He coordinates three postgraduate courses on food security and climate change, disaster risk reduction for resilience and disaster response and recovery in USP. Vili has a PhD in Climate Change focusing on transforming the agriculture sector under a changing climate. Vili has conducted research and published widely in the field of risk resilience in agriculture, food systems and security, climate change loss and damage, and evaluation of adaptations in Pacific Island Countries. Vili is leading the USP research team for the 1) EU Horizon 2020 RISE project on Family Farming, Lifestyle and Health (FALAH); 2) ACIAR Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification (CASI) and Transformational Adaptation in Agriculture. He is also a co-investigator on the UKRI research project ICoFaN that develops methods to evaluate impacts of interventions to improve nutrition and diets in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Vili is the chairperson for the research pillar of the Pacific Soil Partnership. He is an expert reviewer for the IPCC WGII in AR5 and AR6. He has conducted numerous mid-term and end of project evaluations in the Pacific Islands. Vili is a Samoan by birth, and a Samoan Chief, Tuvaluan by citizenship and currently a resident of Fiji.


Scott G. Chaplowe

Coordinator, IEAc Council Transformational Evaluation Working Group

International evaluation and strategy specialist

Scott G. Chaplowe is an evaluation and strategy specialist with over 24 years’ experience working with civic, public, and private organizations seeking sustainable solutions for social and environmental challenges. Most recently, Scott worked as the Director of Evidence, Monitoring and Evaluation for the Climate Change portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and previously as the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). His work has taken him to over 40 countries, engaging with stakeholders ranging from CEOs to refugees. In addition to transformational evaluation, his research interests and experience include complex systems analysis, evaluation capacity development, participatory evaluation and pedagogy, and community resilience. Scott has authored articles, books, guidelines and other resources on evaluation and development, most notably the book, Monitoring and Evaluation Training: A Systematic Approach (Chaplowe & Cousins, 2016, Sage Publications). He has taught at universities in both the United States and abroad (China and Taiwan), and has provided professional development workshops globally for six evaluation associations (VOPES). Scott serves on the American Evaluation Association’s International Working Group as its representative to EVALSDGS, and he is active in several other international evaluation forums, including EvalPartners and Blue Marble Evaluation.


Rasmus Heltberg

Lead Evaluation Specialist at the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group

Rasmus Heltberg is a Lead Evaluation Specialist at the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group. An accomplished development economist and evaluator, Rasmus has extensive analytical, operational, and corporate experience from different parts of the World Bank. Rasmus has led many influential evaluations on World Bank strategic priorities as well as on many change initiatives such as the revamping of the annual Results and Performance Report, the reform of the post-evaluation tracking system, new approaches to partnership evaluation and outcome orientation, and has helped oversee external evaluations. He has previously worked on social protection, social development, adaptation to climate change, and disaster response; and was a member of the core team for the 2014 World Development Report on Risk and Opportunity. His research has been published in a variety of interdisciplinary development journals, including World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Environment and Development Economics, and Global Environmental Change. Rasmus holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Development Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a M.Sc. in Quantitative Development Economics from the University of Warwick.


Romeo B. Santos

International Evaluator; former President, APEA; former Trustee, IOCE

Romeo Santos strongly supports cross and trans-disciplinary fusion of development initiatives among the public management, corporate business, academia, and plural sectors, among others. He believes that human living is in fact a cross and trans-disciplinary mixture of life pursuits. He joins the international evaluation community in advancing the cause of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in all disciplines and sectors of society. Romeo has a PhD in Architectural Engineering with major in Project Management and Economics. This is the thing that connected him to the world of M&E. He gained more knowledge in results-based M&E after attending the World Bank-supported International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) in Carleton University, Canada in 2008. In 2009, he was a visiting professor and Fulbright scholar in the USA. Presently, he is a senior professor in the University of the Philippines Diliman.


Stafford Hood

Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education/Curriculum Instruction Emeritus Founding Director Emeritus, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment College of EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Fellow, American Educational Research Association

Stafford Hood is the Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education/ Curriculum & Instruction Emeritus and Founding Director Emeritus, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For three decades, his work has focused primarily on the role of culture/cultural context in program evaluation and educational assessment. He collaboratively established an international and interdisciplinary community of researchers, scholars, and practitioners over the past two decades (now known as CREA) that advocates a culturally responsive lens across evaluation, assessment, and policy analysis. He has served as a program evaluation and testing consultant to the U.S. government, state governments, local school districts, universities, private foundations, and internationally. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2016, received the American Evaluation Association’s 2015 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award, and in 2014 received an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor, School of Education Studies at Dublin City University (Dublin Ireland). 


Vinod Thomas

 Visiting professor at National University of Singapore and Distinguished Fellow in Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management

Vinod Thomas is Visiting professor at National University of Singapore and Distinguished Fellow in Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management. Previously he was Director General of Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (2011-2016) and Senior Vice-President of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank Group (2006-2011). At the World bank he was also Country Director for Brazil and Vice-President, and Vice-President of the World Bank Institute. Having joined the World Bank in 1976, he was Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, Director for the World Development Report, Chief of Trade Policy and Principal Economist for Colombia, and Economist for Bangladesh. Vinod has a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and a BA from St. Stephen’s college, Delhi.  His 16 books include The Quality of Growth, 2000, Multilateral Banks and the Development Process, (with Xubei Luo), 2012, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, 2017, and (with Namrata Chindarkar) Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development, 2019. He has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, been on several Boards and has addressed numerous fora in all regions. He has been advisor and participant in evaluation at Global Climate Fund, IFAD, Results for Development, IDEAS, and the Emerging Market Forum.


Sanjeev Sridharan

Country Lead, Learning Systems and Systems Evaluation at the India Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sanjeev Sridharan is Country Lead, Learning Systems and Systems Evaluation at the India Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this position, Sanjeev was Director of the Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michaels Hospital ( and Associate Professor at the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Prior to his position at Toronto, he was the Head of the Evaluation Program and Senior Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change at the University of Edinburgh. Sanjeev has led evaluation capacity building projects in China, Chile, Scotland and Sri Lanka. He is a former associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and is on the boards of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation and the Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning. Sanjeev has a fondness for playing and watching cricket (the game) – his move to Delhi has helped nurture this interest.


Stewart I. Donaldson

Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) and The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) at Claremont Graduate University

Stewart I. Donaldson, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor and Executive Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) and The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) at Claremont Graduate University. He is deeply committed to improving lives through research and evaluation; evaluation education, training and capacity building; research on evaluation; and program design and re-design. He has taught and mentored hundreds evaluation graduate students and professional evaluators, and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on evaluation.  Professor Donaldson is series editor of the Evaluation and Society Book Series, and is Associate Editor of the American Journal Evaluation. He has received a wide range of international, national, and regional career achievement awards, and served as President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) during the International Year of Evaluation in 2015.  The theme of the AEA Conference he developed in 2015 was “Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World: Learning from Evaluation’s Successes Across the Globe.”


Michael A. Harnar