FAO evaluation team
Headed by a director, OED has around 30 staff members, including professional evaluators/evaluation managers, as well as communications, research and administrative support staff. OED also works with external evaluators to evaluate FAO’s work in different parts of the world.
Dr Masahiro Igarashi is an evaluation expert with more than 25 years of experience in development evaluation, economic analysis, organizational reform and policy development, and result-based management. He is currently serving as the Director of OED and has led the reform process of FAO’s evaluation function to enhance the quality of its evaluations and their utility to stakeholders. Before joining FAO, he served as Evaluation Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme, having led a number of evaluations and developed country programme evaluation methodology. Prior to this, he served as Programme Management Officer and Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, where he coordinated the organization’s work programme, led the development of results-based management system, and conducted economic analyses of trade system for development. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Queen’s in Canada and a master’s degree in socio-economic planning from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Senior Evaluation Officer
Olivier Cossée is an agronomist with 28 years of experience in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of emergency and development assistance. He has worked in various management capacities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Mauritania. After working for OED in the early 2000s, when he specialized in the evaluation of emergency responses, he joined the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office and conducted a series of important evaluations until 2015, when he returned to OED. He holds a master’s degree in tropical agronomy from the Centre National d’Études Agronomiques des Régions Chaudes in Montpellier, France, and speaks fluent English and French, as well as conversational Farsi (Persian).
Senior Evaluation Officer
Carlos Tarazona is an evaluation specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the evaluation of agricultural and rural development programmes. He is currently Evaluation Officer at OED, where he is responsible for coordinating selected thematic and country evaluations. Before joining OED, Carlos served as Evaluation Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency and managed the Independent External Evaluation of FAO. Carlos holds a master’s degree in international agriculture from Reading University in the United Kingdom and Larenstein University in the Netherlands, and in 2008 he completed economic studies at the distance learning programme of the Université Pierre Mendes, France. He received training in development evaluation from the Carleton University, Canada. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a good command of Italian and French.
Luisa Belli is an evaluation expert, with a background in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural sociology. She has more than 15 years of experience in the management, monitoring and evaluation of development programs, out of which 10 were spent in evaluations. She is currently serving as coordinator of project evaluations for OED, where she is responsible for coordinating the planning, monitoring and implementation of project evaluations. She is also leading the FAO Myanmar country programme evaluation. Before joining OED, she worked as rural sociologist in several FAO and NGO-led participatory development projects. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
Knowledge Management and Evaluation Officer
Marta Bruno joined FAO in 2011 and has been serving as the Knowledge Management and Evaluation Officer in OED since 2012. Prior to joining OED, she worked in a programme that supported the mainstreaming of sustainable livelihoods approaches and framework in FAO and the emergency response and rehabilitation division, focusing on mainstreaming risk reduction and management into the humanitarian and development work of FAO. Her current evaluation work focuses mainly on countries in protracted crisis and FAO’s resilience framework and implementation at the country level. She also coordinates the knowledge management and communications team in OED. Before joining FAO, she ran a consultancy company called Social and Economic Research Associates – working with bilateral donors, international financial institutions, the UN and large international NGOs. Her areas of expertise include sustainable livelihoods analysis and evaluations, project design, participatory rural appraisal, involvement of communities and local level institutions in project and programme design and management. She studied history and human geography in Cambridge, the United Kingdom, specializing in the former Soviet Union and gender. She then worked as a researcher and lecturer in two centres for Russian and East European Studies at the Birmingham and Wolverhampton Universities in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in French, Italian, Russian and English.
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Yuen Ching Ho is an evaluation specialist with more than 10 years of experience in development evaluations, capacity development and policy support. She is currently an Evaluation Officer with OED, where she is responsible for designing and managing selected thematic and country evaluations and project/programme evaluations. Before joining OED, Yuen Ching served as Chief of the Evaluation and Monitoring Unit at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where she was responsible for the endorsement of its first evaluation policy, and actively worked to promote a culture of learning, results and accountability. She holds a doctorate degree in business management from Monash University in Australia. She speaks fluent English and Chinese.
Senior Evaluation Consultant
Mr Roger Miranda is a programme evaluator with more than 20 years of experience in the international development sector. He currently is serving as a Senior Evaluation Consultant, where he is responsible for coordinating selected project and country programme evaluations. Before joining OED, Mr Miranda worked at the Nicaraguan Municipal Development Institute (INIFOM), the Comptroller General’s Office (CGR) and as an independent evaluator. He was previously a staff member in various UN agencies (UNODC and OIOS) and played an active role in UNEG. He is the author of Eva the Evaluator and has a Master’s degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Mr Miranda speaks fluent Spanish and English and conversational Dutch and French.
Nanae Yabuki is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in sector analysis, strategy formulation and policy advice. She has research and publication experience ranging from international trade, commodity markets to rural-urban linkages. She currently is serving as Evaluation Officer for OED, where she leads and manages a number of evaluations. Before joining FAO, she led a team working on sustainable development and climate finance at the World Bank where she received the Sustainable Development Vice President Team Award. She studied economics at Yale Graduate School. She also holds a master’s degree in financial management from the University of London (SOAS) and is a Master of Laws in international laws (UCL) from Queen Mary University of London. She speaks fluent English and Japanese and conversational French and Spanish.
Arwa Khalid is a veterinarian with more than 20 years of experience in animal health, management of agricultural knowledge systems, livelihood and food security/food aid, evaluation and coordination. She currently is serving as Evaluation Officer in OED, where she is responsible for project evaluations and the evaluation of FAO’s technical cooperation programme in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is revered for applying her practical experience in the fields of livestock and agriculture interventions to evaluations. She is co-author of a peer-reviewed article entitled Assessing the Long-term Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Farmers' Knowledge Attitude, Practice and Empowerment. Before joining FAO, she served as extension officer for GTZ, where she contributed to the liaison between the programme management and the field, especially local government staff and farmers groups. She holds a master’s degree from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She speaks fluent Arabic, English and Dutch.
Omar Awabdeh is an evaluation specialist with more than 10 years of experience in development evaluations, capacity development and policy support. He currently is serving as Evaluation Officer in OED, where he is responsible for designing and managing project/programme evaluations. He is a member of the Evaluation Management Group of the Independent System-wide Evaluation of the contribution of the United Nations development system to strengthening national capacities for data collection and statistical analyses to support the achievement of the MDGs. Before joining OED, Mr Awabdeh served as Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he conducted a large number of evaluations and designed monitoring frameworks. At UNDP, he contributed to the UNDP corporate handbook on planning, monitoring and evaluation published in 2010 and supported the first national monitoring and evaluation policy in Iraq in 2012. He holds a master’s degree in management from New York Institute of Technology. He speaks fluent English and Arabic.
Genny Bonomi is an economist with over seven years work experience in evaluation. She currently serves as an evaluation officer for OED, where she is responsible for conducting Country Programme Evaluations. Before joining FAO, she served as Policy Analyst at the OECD’s Directorate for Development Cooperation, where she participated in peer-reviews of DAC members including AusAID and the Italian Cooperation. She has a doctorate degree from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, during which she also benefited from visiting exchanges at the School for African and Oriental Studies in London, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America in Santiago, Chile, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She speaks fluent English, French and Italian.
Amelie Solal-Celigny has more than 10 years of work experience in food security analysis, nutrition assessment, monitoring and evaluation, mostly with UN organizations (FAO, WFP, IFAD). She is currently serving as Evaluation Officer in OED, where she carries out country programme evaluations. Before joining OED, she served as M&E Officer in FAO Regional Office for Africa, where she developed the regional M&E network and participated in the development of M&E systems for country programming frameworks and their alignment with FAO strategic objectives and regional initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics from Paris Dauphine University and a master’s degree in sustainable rural development from Paris Orsay University. She speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Natalia Acosta is a management and international relations specialist with more than eight years of work experience in international organizations, including over four years in monitoring and evaluation of development programmes, including results-based management. She currently is serving as Associate Evaluation Officer in OED, where she is responsible for conducting country programme evaluations and managing project evaluations. Before joining FAO, she served as a Human Resources Assistant for the United States Department of State where she managed the performance and health and benefits plan. She is a magna cum laude from the Catholic University of Honduras and holds a master’s degree from the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations in international relations management. She speaks fluent English and Spanish and conversational French.
Harvey John Garcia has more than 11 years of experience in agricultural and biodiversity research, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation. He currently is serving as Associate Evaluation Officer in OED, where he assists in conducting programme and project evaluations. His achievements range from authoring several scientific and development peer-reviewed journal articles to co-implementing a five-year, nine-country project in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining OED, he served as the National M&E, Quality Programming and Accountability to Affected Populations Officer for FAO Philippines, where he supported the Typhoon Haiyan L3 response initiatives of FAO. He holds a master’s degree from the University of the Philippines and certificates from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Sri-Lanka and international leadership from three non-profits in the United States of America.
Associate Evaluation Officer
Eoghan Molloy is currently serving as Evaluation Officer for OED, where he participates in the management of project, thematic and strategic evaluations. He has previously worked with the Africa Desk of the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, contributing to the production of the African Economic Outlook. Mr Molloy is an experienced horticulturalist and has regional experience working in Asia and Africa. He holds a joint master’s degree in development practice from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and a bachelor’s degree in civil law (BCL) from University College Dublin, Ireland.
OULD ABDALLAHI, Ahmedou
Ahmedou Ould Abdallahi is a development practitioner with more than six years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, financial analysis, and project design and management. He currently is serving as an Associate Evaluation Officer in OED, where he is responsible for managing project evaluations, contributing to country programme evaluations as well as thematic and strategic evaluations. Before joining FAO, he worked at the Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, where he was responsible for evaluating the Bank’s private sector interventions across member countries. Before that, he worked in a financial advisory firm, based in Johannesburg, evaluating and restructuring state-owned enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked for a couple of years in the Department of External Financing at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Mauritania. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from New York University and a master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris. He speaks fluent Arabic, English and French.
MANSOUR MENDES Veridiana
Veridiana Mansour Mendes is an evaluation specialist with more than seven years of experience in social research, policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation. She currently is serving as Evaluation Officer in OED, where she is responsible for designing, managing and conducting project/programme evaluations. She also has experience in results-based management, infrastructure and development. Before joining FAO, she served as evaluation specialist for a consulting firm in Brazil, where she coordinated monitoring and evaluation of long-term and complex projects/programmes funded or implemented by governments and international multilateral organizations. Previously, she served as social researcher and administrative law attorney for national and international institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Catholic University of São Paulo and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Mikal Khan is a development economist with more than six years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of development programs, impact assessment and poverty measurement. He is currently serving as evaluation consultant in OED, where he conducts country programme evaluations and contributes to strategic evaluations. Prior to joining OED, he served as monitoring and evaluation specialist and economist with several organizations including UN agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP), the European Investment Bank and national NGOs in over 10 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kent and a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Rome, where he was awarded for his thesis on multidimensional poverty measurement. He completed graduate studies in environmental and development economics at the London School of Economics. He is a native speaker of English and Italian and has working knowledge of French and Spanish.
Savina Tessitore is a social scientist with over 10 years’ experience in the development sector. She has worked in various capacities for FAO, private consultancy companies, research institutes, NGOs and local administrations. Her fields of expertise and research interests are mainly food security, social protection and cash transfers, vulnerability reduction and its relationship with agency, power and rights, pastoralism, rural development and disaster risk management. Lately she has been participating and managing big FAO programme and thematic evaluations, including the Somalia and Lao PDR country evaluations, the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Somalia resilience programme evaluations and the evaluation of FAO’s work in transition. Savina holds a master’s degree in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She speaks fluent English, French and Italian, and conversational German.
Maame Tabuah Duah is currently serving as Evaluation Analyst with OED, where she contributes to programme and project evaluations. She has extensive experience in local economic development and rural/urban policy. Prior to joining OED, she worked with the FAO Office of Strategy and Planning, where she conducted research and data analysis for the FAO 2016-2017 Programme of Work and Budget. She has previously worked with Regeneris Consulting Limited on the assessment of the Mayor of London’s Outer-London Fund pilot project and the economic assessment of the main town centers of the London Borough of Bexley. She also worked with the Ghana National Development Planning Commission, where she was involved in the review of development programmes. She holds a master’s degree in urban economic development from the University College of London and a bachelor’s degree in human settlement planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
Sara Holst is an economist with more than four years of work experience in evaluation, project management and rural development. She currently is serving as Evaluation Analyst in OED, where she contributes to a number of thematic, programme and project evaluations. She also has experience in operations, programme design and business development. Before joining FAO, she served as grant officer for Clock Tower International Limited where she contributed to the design and funding strategy of a social enterprise project in Tanzania. She holds a master’s degree in global economy and governance from La Sapienza University, Italy. She speaks fluent English, French and Italian and conversational Spanish.
Lavinia Monforte is currently an evaluation analyst in OED where she is supporting mainly project and programme evaluations. Before joining OED, she worked as researcher at CURSA, an Italian consortium of universities for socioeconomic and e environment research and as analyst in the Forestry Department of FAO, where she supported the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) and the Mountain and Watershed Management teams. She is a graduate of Economics for International Development and she’s is currently in her final year of postgraduate studies in Economics and Statistics for Social and Environmental Research at the Rome University – Federico Caffè. Lavinia is fluent in English and Spanish.
Tala Talaee is a sociologist, with particular interest in participatory development in local, national and international contexts. At OED, she currently serves as Associate Evaluation Manager for the country programme evaluations of Niger and Côte d’Ivoire. Her experience includes a range of research methods that provide actionable insights for social programming, including policy analysis, qualitative field research on development programmes, and case studies on the use of information and communication technologies to foster social change. Before joining OED, she served as Researcher and Case Writer for a non-profit in New York City, where she authored case studies on innovative social programmes, contributed to a growing library of case studies and provided methodological guidance for researchers. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and speaks fluent English and French, and conversational Farsi.
Alena Lappo is an economics and business management specialist with four years of experience in financial and economic analysis, economic research and data analysis. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on topics of global and regional food security, consumer trends and management of fisheries. She is currently serving as an Evaluation Analyst for OED, where she contributes to programme and project evaluations. Prior to joining OED, she worked on a joint project between the FAO Technical Cooperation Department and the IFAD Strategic Knowledge Department, conducting future-oriented analyses and supporting the development of IFAD’s Strategic Framework for 2016-2025. Previously, Ms Lappo worked in FAO’s Fisheries Department conducting an economic analysis of global and regional food demand and supply up to 2030 and in the Norwegian Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration, preparing a financial analysis of production in North Atlantic and Portuguese fisheries. In addition, she has over six years of experience in management consulting and other managerial roles in the private sector. Ms Lappo holds a Master’s degree in international business management from the Europe Business School. She speaks fluent English and Russian and conversational Spanish and Italian.
Vinitha Johnson is an international trade lawyer with over four years of experience in undertaking regulatory analysis and providing decision-making support to governments. As an Evaluation Analyst in OED, she supports the design and conduct of evaluations. She had previously served as a Legal and Policy Technical Assistant in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of the Republic of Rwanda where she supported evidence-based policy development and review and legal options in responding to policy problems. She worked with NGOs and law firms in India to support the government in trade policy negotiations. She co-led a team, which engaged with exporter associations in evaluating the impact of Indian trade policy instruments on trade in agricultural products. She also undertook a multi-stage analysis to design a negotiating strategy for India’s purported accession to the Plurilateral WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, and supported a team in formulating a centralised policy on public procurement. Vinitha holds a master’s degree in international law and economics from the World Trade Institute, Bern, and a bachelor’s degree in International Trade Law from the National Law University, Jodhpur, India.
James Ayodele has more than 15 years of work experience in managing corporate, program and project communications internationally. He currently is serving as the communications specialist for OED, where he is responsible for coordinating all communications activities of the office. His achievements range from copy-editing and writing different documents to developing and implementing communication strategies for different target groups. James has experience in providing communications support to reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, justice, drugs and crime, terrorism and other types of development programs. Before joining FAO, he was Outreach and Communication Officer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Abuja, Nigeria, where he managed outreach and communications for two large-scale European Union funded projects and the country office. He holds a master’s degree in professional communication from Sheffield Hallam University, the United Kingdom.
Communication Associate/Evaluation Analyst
Federica Bottamedi joined OED in September 2013 as an evaluation analyst. She has supported a number of evaluations, including the mid-term evaluation of the EU-funded Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction programme, the Independent Review of FAO Governance Reform, the International Plant Protection Convention secretariat enhancement evaluation, the country programme evaluations of several Caribbean countries and the evaluation of the triennial programme (2013-2016) in response to the locust crises in Madagascar. She was a member of the joint organizing committee for the global technical seminar on enhancing the evaluability of SDG2 held in November 2015 in Rome and has supported the production of a video documentary on the Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation. She holds a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from the University of Trieste, Italy and a master’s degree in European international relations and diplomacy from the College of Europe, Belgium. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT STAFF
Sarah Jaff is an operations assistant with more than 20 years of work experience in the management of emergency and development operations. This includes planning and implementation with government, NGOs and FAO. She currently is serving as an Administrative Assistant for OED, where she is responsible for managing the operational and logistic support for evaluations as well as contributing to the management of OED’s data and reporting systems and website. Before joining FAO, Ms Jaff served as a project manager responsible for the implementation of psycho-social programs for women affected by war in northern Iraq. Sarah is fluent in Kurdish, Arabic and English.
Martin Corredoira is an administrative assistant with more than five years of experience in administration. He currently is serving as Administrative Assistant for OED, where he is responsible for assisting with staff hires, travels, purchase orders, website maintenance and other administrative tasks. He also has experience in documents redaction, editing, translation and proofreading in English and Spanish. Before joining FAO, he served as Project Assistant for Casa Argentina, the cultural section of the Argentinian Embassy in Rome, where in collaboration with the Chancellor Librarian, he led a refurbishment project for digitalizing and reorganizing the volumes of Casa Argentina’s library. He speaks fluent English and Spanish.