2021 Speakers

Amin Abdullahi

Senior Evaluation Specialist, Islamic Development Bank (ISDB)

Amin Abdullahi joined the Islamic Development Bank in 2015 and is currently working as a Senior Evaluation Specialist in the Operations Evaluation Department (OED). He has 14 years of professional work experience covering project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. He has a particular interest in food security programs, focusing on rural development, poverty alleviation, and international development. At OED, he led and contributed to several project evaluations, country assistance evaluations, program evaluations, thematic evaluations, and on-demand evaluations in many regions. Amin is an IPDET-trained evaluator and holds master’s degrees in Evaluation from Saarland University in Germany and Development Studies from Haramaya University in Ethiopia.

Hamdi Ahmedou

Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

Rashmi Banga

Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Rashmi Banga is a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Unit on Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries (CDC), Division of Globalisation and Develoment Strategies (GDS), UNCTAD. She is former Adviser and Head, Trade Competitiveness Section in Commonwealth Secretariat and has provided policy support to more than 30 countries. She has worked as a Senior Economist and Officer-in-Charge in DFID-funded UNCTAD’s project for five years which provided policy support to the Ministry of Commerce, India. She was a Professor of Economics in Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University. She received her doctorate from Delhi School of Economics, specializing in development economics, international trade and econometrics. She has published extensively in refereed journals on South-South Cooperation, digital issues, international trade, global value chains and FDI issues. She has been awarded International Economic Development Research Award by Export-Import Bank of India and has been a recipient of two Gold Medals for her research on globalization and development from Global Development Network, World Bank.

Neissan Besharati

Director, Pan-African Investment and Research Services

Prof. Besharati is a Director at Pan-African Investment; Research Services (PAIRS), managing the Development, Sustainability and Impact Advisory, Public ; Development Finance portfolio, including the Joint Programme to curb Illicit Financial Flows in Africa. He holds a PhD (Public Policy; Development Management) from University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a Masters (International Social Development) from the University of New South Wales (Australia). 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, Anglo American) and serving as a senior technical advisor to governments, philanthropies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and regional organisations. 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, illicit financial flows, public-private partnerships, sustainability and ESG, education policy, emerging economies and South-South cooperation.

Khalil Bitar

Former Chair of EvalYouth Global Network, Evaluator and M&E Specialist, University of Erfurt

Khalil Bitar is an independent evaluator from Palestine. He is the founder (and former President) of the Palestinian Evaluation Association (PEA), former Chair of the EvalYouth Global Network and Co-leader of the Eval4Action Campaign, and Board Member of the International Evaluation Academy (IEAc). Khalil is completing his doctoral studies at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Germany, focusing on evaluation in FCV contexts. Khalil's research interests include evaluation, social justice, youth activism, education, and change/transformation.

Joy Butscher

Evaluation Officer, World Bank

Joy Butscher is an Evaluation Officer at IEG in the infrastructure and sustainable development unit. Joy supports thematic evaluations in the areas of environment, climate change, social development, and agriculture, among other topics. Prior to joining IEG, Joy worked in Tanzania on natural resource management and agrarian issues.

Eva Cassel

Board Member, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Eva Cassel is the EBRD Board Director for Sweden, Iceland and Estonia and Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. Prior to EBRD, Ms Cassel was at the Swedish National Debt Office with responsibility for Guarantee and Loan facilities (2011 - 2019), having previously held a seconded position as a National Expert in the European Commission for negotiation of financing rules within Renewable Energy, Water and Climate Change Mitigation projects. (2007-2011). Also a Board Member for SADEV (2006-2012). Ms Cassel has held positions as Director at EKN – Swedish Export Credits Guarantee Board (2000-2007), Senior Economist at SIDA (1999-2000), and Special Adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995-1999). In the 90’s Ms Cassel was Regional Manager with responsibility for sub-Saharan Africa and Asia at EKN (1992-1994 and 1987-1990) and working as an Economist for FAO based in Cotonou, Benin (1990-1992). Eva Cassel holds an MSc in Economics, University of Stockholm. 

Sachin Chaturvedi

Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries

Sachin Chaturvedi is currently Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based Think-Tank. He works on issues related to development economics, involving development finance, SDGs and South-South Cooperation, apart from trade, investment and innovation linkages with special focus on WTO. Currently he is also appointed as Vice Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Policy and Planning Commission and Vice Chairman, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis; and Member, Board of Governors, Reserve Bank of India. His book “The Logic of Sharing – Indian Approach to South-South Cooperation” has been acclaimed internationally as one of the best volumes on international development cooperation. Apart from this he has authored/edited 21 other books, apart from contributing several chapters in the edited volumes and also publishing several research articles in prestigious journals. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of IDS Bulletin, Sussex, UK.

Carlos Correa

Executive Director, South Centre

Dr. Carlos Correa is the Executive Director of the South Centre since July 2018. Formerly, he was the Centre’s Special Advisor on Trade and Intellectual Property (IP). He worked with the Argentine Government and was the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics, University of Buenos Aires (UBA).  He was a member of the UK Commission on IP Rights, the WHO Commission on IP, Innovation and Public Health and the FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture. He has been a visiting professor at several universities, a consultant to various regional and international organizations and advised several governments on IP, innovation policy and public health. He is the author of numerous publications. Dr. Correa is a lawyer and an economist and holds a PhD in Law from the UBA.

Kieron Crawley

Consultant, Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE)

Kieron Crawley has over twenty five years’ experience in the development sector working with International Development Agencies and country experience covering Central and South America, Asia, Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. After completing a Masters´ degree in Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, he joined university staff as a Senior Lecturer to deliver modules to Diploma and Master´s level students in Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation and Political Economy of Development. He has also designed delivered online courses in Monitoring and evaluation. In addition to practicing as an academic and a professional evaluator, Kieron’s work has included providing technical support to African and Asian governments in the establishing of National M&E systems, capacity building of parliamentarians in the use of evidence for oversight and the convening of international dialogues to promote the use of evaluation evidence for national decision making.

Vlatko Danilov

Convenor, Inter-Regional Initiative for Professionalization of Evaluation (IRIPE)

Vlatko Danilov is professional management consultant with more than 30 years of experience working on various jobs. His passion is evaluation. He works with great enthusiasm in this field believing that evaluation is important concept for improvement of developing countries. He worked as evaluator in many project and designed several systems for MEL, worked on in-depth analysis of findings with various public institutions and ministries.

He is also active in training of staff in institutions and municipalities to implement systems he designed and has trained many other people in evaluation concept, methodologies, tools and techniques. He is also international activist for better use of evaluation and in this role he is a head of Macedonian Evaluation Network, member of WBEN - Western Balkans Evaluation Network, former Coordinator of NESE (Network of Evaluation Societies in Europe), Co-Chair of IRIPE and also active in several international thematic groups for professionalization of evaluation.

Marion Denantes

Senior Consultant, Eco Ltd Group

Marion is a senior consultant at Eco., which is a management consultancy, specialising in design, formulation and evaluation of energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Marion is a climate finance specialist with 15 years’ experience in project design and evaluation of climate change projects in developing countries from Africa, Latin America and East Europe. She completed impact assessments, evaluations and midterm reviews for development banks and multilateral/bilateral development agencies. Marion was recently the team leader of the evaluation of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa for AfDB and of the Midterm Review of the EBRD-GEF Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change in Ukraine. The examples of evaluations are: EBRD Wind Farms projects in Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia and Mongolia; EIB Climate Action finance activities in the European Union; EBRD’s SEFF Portfolio; the Mid Term Review of IFC green credit lines in the Balkans renewable energy sector.

Ahmed Faruk Diken

Senior Technical Cooperation Coordinator, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Ahmed Faruk Diken is currently working as a Senior Technical Cooperation Coordinator for MENA & Europe in the Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI) Department of the IsDB. He is involved in the formulation and implementation of technical cooperation and Reverse Linkage interventions primarily in the MENA and Europe region, developing knowledge products and frameworks that contribute to the body of knowledge of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTrC) and coordinating collaboration with key development partners as well as technical cooperation agencies in the MENA & Europe region.

In recent years, Ahmed supported institutional aspects of technical cooperation and SSTrC by leading the development of the Bank’s Reverse Linkage Policy and the framework for enhancing National Ecosystems for SSTrC, jointly developed with the UNOSSC and South Centre. He also plays a key role in ensuring the Bank’s positioning in SSTrC through relevant international platforms (such as the 2nd High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), held in March 2019, and various sessions of the High-Level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation).

Prior to his current position at the RCI Department, Ahmed worked as a Senior Specialist in Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD). Ahmed joined the Islamic Development Bank as a Young Professional in 2011. During his training as a young professional, Ahmed Faruk completed his rotations in operations evaluations, private sector advisory operations and Public-Private Partnerships. Before joining the Bank, Ahmed worked as an industrial and process engineer in the private sector in the USA. He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees on Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa, USA.

Mark Engelbert

Evaluation Specialist, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Mark manages 3ie’s Development Evidence Portal and leads on the production of evidence gap maps and systematic reviews. Before joining 3ie, Mark was a consultant for a number of development organizations, working on projects such as an experimental study examining how new evidence affects the decisions of policymakers, and exploratory research to identify the most cost-effective anti-poverty interventions. He also did project management and evaluation work on a programme using SMS reminders to increase vaccination rates in India. Mark has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, a Masters in International Development, School for International Training and Bachelors in Philosophy, College of William & Mary, Virginia.

Fabrizio Felloni

Deputy Director, Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Fabrizio Felloni is Deputy Director at the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (Rome), since September 2016. He was previously a Lead Evaluation Officer at IFAD, Evaluation Specialist at the Independent Evaluation Office the United Nations Development Programme (New York). He has worked on international development evaluations since 2000, leading and participating in over a dozen country programmes as well as project-level evaluations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University (USA) and a Master-equivalent degree in Social and Economic Sciences from Bocconi University (Italy). He has been the author and co-author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Gabriela Renteria Flores

Chair, EvalYouth Global Network; Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

Gabriela is a Monitoring and evaluation specialist based in Mexico City, she is currently working as an independent consultant. Gabriela holds a MA in Development Economics from the University of Göttingen in Germany and a BA in Economics from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. She has evaluative experience in development cooperation projects in India, national and subnational social programs in Mexico. Furthermore, she has experience working on projects related to monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda. Gabriela is the current Chair of EvalYouth Global Network and Co-lead of the Eval4Action Campaign where she advocates for the inclusion of youth in all stages of evaluation processes and for influential evaluation. She is an active member of EvalYouth LAC, and the National Academy of Evaluators of Mexico (ACEVAL).

Robert Fowler

Sustainable Finance Expert, Consultant, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Rob Fowler is an expert in sustainable finance and green bonds with more than 25 years of international experience in climate change, sustainability, energy, utilities, heavy industry, oil & gas, infrastructure financing, regulatory regimes, and capital raising. Most recently, Rob worked for five years with the Climate Bonds Initiative where he assisted hundreds of green bond issuers, bankers, investors and verifiers to navigate the new world of sustainable finance. Rob is based in Australia and has lived and worked in a number of Asian countries. In addition to his engagement with the Asian Development Bank, he is part of the team at CICERO Shades of Green. He is a member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and serves on a number of ISO groups driving the development of international standards for sustainable finance.

Dugan Fraser

Program Manager, Global Evaluation Initiative

Dugan Fraser is the Program Manager at the Global Evaluation Initiative (in the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group). He was previously Director of the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he was an Adjunct Professor. He previously worked as an independent consultant specializing in supporting organizations and institutions to make better decisions by collecting and using evidence. He helped design interventions, monitor performance and assess results as well as supported strategy and programme planning. Before that he was the Programme Director at the RAITH Foundation, where he was responsible for programme strategy design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation and the provision of technical advice to grantees. He was also responsible for supporting the Foundation's responsible investment strategy. He had worked before as independent public and development management consultant specializing in monitoring and evaluation for learning, accountability and performance improvement. His particular interest was in large scale systems, such as the African Union's African Peer Review System, the Presidency's Government Wide M&E System and the PSC's Public Service M&E System, on which he worked. He has extensive experience in working with social justice, social protection, public administration and governance, gender, human rights and related issues. His specific areas of expertise include evaluation, monitoring system development, strategic and programme planning, institutional and capacity development and process facilitation. He chairs the Board of Just Share, a non-profit promoting shareholder activism, and is a member of the Board of the Social Justice Initiative. He was previously the Chairperson of the Board of the SA M&E Association. 

Douglas Glandon

Lead Evaluation Specialist, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

At 3ie, Dr. Glandon leads and quality assures impact evaluations, systematic reviews, evidence gap maps, and replication studies. He has 13+ years of experience in health systems governance and financing, strategic and operational planning, organizational development, and theory-driven evaluation in low-and middle-income countries (L&MICs). In prior roles, Dr. Glandon served as an advisor to the Fiji Ministry of Health for strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, research, and learning. He also served as Resource Tracking Strategy Lead for USAID’s flagship health systems strengthening program Health Systems 20/20, where he oversaw the collection, analysis, and policy translation of health expenditure data to inform national health financing reform in L&MICs. He has a PhD in Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Master’s in Public Health from the Tufts University School of Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Community Health from Tufts University.

Muhammad Didi Hardiana

Head of Innovative Finance Lab, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Muhammad Didi Hardiana or Didi is currently working in United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia as Team Leader of the Innovative Finance Lab (IFLab) and also serves as Head of Experimentation for Accelerator Lab. Didi has more than fifteen years of relevant working experience with development partners and private sector, in the areas of development finance, climate finance, climate change, monitoring & reporting, and quality and environmental management system. In his current role, he leads the dynamic UNDP’s IFLab team to collaborate with partners to unlock and levegare innovatie solutions for financing the SDGs, including work closely with the Ministry of Finance in creating the public financial reforms for climate change and leveraging innovative financing at scale through the issuance of the world’s first international sovereign green sukuk/Islamic Bond in 2018 which to date has raised more than USD 3.9 Billion to finance Indonesia’s climate change actions.

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