Meet the team
FAO's Office of Evaluation (OED) has around 50 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.
Clemencia CosentinoClemencia Cosentino is the Director of FAO's Office of Evaluation (OED). Prior to joining FAO, she was Chief Evaluation Officer and Evaluation and Assessment Capability Section Head of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Previously, Clemencia was a Senior Fellow and Director of STEM Research at Mathematica and the Director of the Program for Evaluation and Equity Research of the Urban Institute. Over the past decade, Clemencia has been focusing on designing and developing complex data systems that leverage existing data and serve multiple functions (monitoring, research, and evaluation). She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Princeton University, with a focus on education and international development.
Senior evaluation officers
Serdar Bayryyev is a a senior evaluation officer with OED. He is an evaluation expert with more than 20 years of experience in development evaluation, results based management, crisis prevention and recovery, governance and public sector management. Before joining FAO, he worked for UNDP, UNFPA and the World Bank Group. As an Evaluation Specialist at UNDP, he supported formulation of the revised UNDP Evaluation Policy, design of the evaluation quality assurance system and implementation of corporate strategy for strengthening country-level evaluation capacities. He holds a masters’ degree in international economics from the Ukrainian Institute of International Relations and International Law.
Olivier Cossée is a senior evaluation officer with OED with with 30 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 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.
Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin
Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin is a senior evaluation officer with over 30 years of professional experience in the international food and agriculture sector. Since mid-2019, Sauvinet Bedouin returned to OED to lead a team focusing on enhancing the effectiveness of and learning from evaluations across the Organization. She also oversees and leads evaluations to inform strategic and programming directions of the Organization. Previously, she served as Head of the Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) of CGIAR, developing a comprehensive, harmonized and coordinated system of evaluation to support the research for development agenda CGIAR. Her earlier career included posts with the Asian Development Bank, the French Research Centre for Agriculture Development, and FAO’s Economic and Social Department.
Carlos Tarazona is an evaluation manager in OED where he is responsible for coordinating selected thematic and country evaluations. He is an evaluation specialist with more than 17 years of experience in the evaluation of agricultural and rural development programmes. Before joining OED, Carlos served as an 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.
Jenin Assaf is an evaluation officer with OED
responsible for the management and coordination of emergency and
resilience evaluations across FAO. She has over 20 years’ experience in
evaluation, programme development, and management, and communications in
the fields of international development, agricultural research,
conflict management, and gender equity. Before joining OED, she was the
senior evaluation manager at CGIAR where she developed an integrated
evaluation approach for a complex research organization covering aspects
of programme appraisal, evaluation, and impact assessment, and oversaw
the performance management assessment of complex international research
programs. In addition to evaluation, she has experience in developing
and financially establishing international development programmes and
projects in various countries.
Luisa Belli is an evaluation officer with OED where she coordinates planning, monitoring and implementation of project evaluations. She has 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 programmes, of which 10 were spent in evaluations. Before joining OED, she worked as rural sociologist in several FAO and NGO-led participatory development projects.
Kamolmas Jaiyen is an evaluation officer with OED. She has over 25 years professional experience in project and programme management, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation in both humanitarian and development contexts. She specialises in managing and conducting thematic and country-level evaluations, having served for six years as Team Leader and author of complex and technical evaluations. Kamolmas was a master trainer with the Thai Evaluation Network. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations.
Arwa Khalid is an 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 has more than 20 years of experience in animal health, management of agricultural knowledge systems, livelihood and food security/food aid, evaluation and coordination. Before joining FAO, Arwa 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
Roger Miranda is an evaluation officer with OED, where he is responsible for coordinating selected project and country programme evaluations. He is a programme evaluator with more than 20 years of experience in the international development sector. Before joining OED, Roger 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.
Amélie Solal-Céligny is an evaluation officer in OED since 2015. She carried out various country programme evaluations and coordinated project evaluations. She is currently leading the OED Decentralization Support Team. Amélie has more than 15 years of work experience in food security analysis, nutrition assessment, M&E and evaluation, mostly with UN organizations (FAO, WFP, IFAD). Before joining OED, Amélie served as M&E Officer in FAO Regional Office for Africa, where she developed the regional M&E network, led M&E capacity building activities in the region, 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 social sciences from Paris Dauphine University and a master’s degree in sustainable rural development from Paris Orsay University and has professional training in Monitoring and Evaluation for development (Wageningen University) and Impact Assessment (JPAL MIT).
Omar Awabdeh is an is an evaluation officer in OED, where he is responsible for designing and managing project/programme evaluations. He has over 10 years of experience in development evaluations, capacity development and policy support. 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, Omar served as Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst for UNDP. He holds a master’s degree in management from New York Institute of Technology.
Genny Bonomi is 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.
Maame Duah is an evaluation officer in OED where she conducts country programme evaluations and manages programme evaluations. She has more than ten years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis and land-use planning. Prior to joining OED, she worked with the FAO Office of Strategy and Planning, where she conducted analysis for the preparation of the FAO Reviewed 2016-2017 Programme of Work and Budget. She also previously worked with Regeneris Consulting Limited, based in London and with the Ghana National Development Planning Commission. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Economic Development from the University College of London (UCL) and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Settlement Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
Nanae Yabuki is an evaluation officer in OED, where she leads and manages complex evaluations. She has more than 20 years of experience in economic analysis, strategy formulation and policy advice at FAO and and nine years of field experience with the World Bank. She studied economics at Yale Graduate School. She also holds a Master of Science in Financial Management from the University of London (SOAS) and a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of London (UCL).
Diane Abi Khalil
Diane is an evaluation specialist in OED, where she conducts and manages evaluations of the emergency and resilience portfolio. She previously worked as an evaluation consultant in the independent office of evaluation of IFAD, focusing on country programme evaluations. Prior her works in evaluation, Diane worked in operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), mainly in the field of protection and food security. She holds a Master's degree in Diplomacy and strategic negotiations from the University Parix XI in France.
Kaia Ambrose is an evaluation specialist in OED. Her areas of interest and expertise include qualitative, learning-oriented and participatory M&E approaches that explore complex, adaptive systems and social change. For over 20 years, she has built MEL systems and tools and conducted and managed evaluations, with international NGOs, national NGOs, multilateral and bilateral donors as well as academic institutions. She has held positions as Senior Evaluation Officer at the Caribbean Development Bank, and Evaluation Advisor at CARE Canada. Kaia holds a master's degree in community-based natural resource management from the Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, and a bachelor honours in development studies from Trent University.
Rami AssafRami Assaf is an evaluation analyst in OED, where contributes to projects, thematic and country programme evaluations in the emergency and resilience team. He previously worked as an M&E focal point for VNG International and as an evaluation consultant for numerous NGOs and companies in Lebanon and the MENA region. He holds a master’s degree in Rural Community Development from the American University of Beirut and is an active member of the Lebanese Evaluation Association and the Middle East and North African Evaluation Network.
Anshuman Bhargava is an evaluation specialist in OED, where he is working on large programmatic evaluations. He is a development economist with experience in economic policy analysis, policy evaluation, and statistical data analysis. In the past, he has worked for UN agencies and bodies (JIU, ILO, and UNESCAP). At the Joint Inspection Unit he supported UN system wide reviews, while at the ILO he worked on European labour policy analysis. Anshuman has also worked with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research centre within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on managing multiple impact evaluations in the field in rural India. He completed an MSc in Development Studies and a BSc in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Emilia Bretan is an evaluation manager with OED. Before joining OED in 2005, Emilia provided services as a project manager, researcher and evaluator to international organizations, such as the World Bank, Plan International Brazil, IUCN, WWF, IDB, UNHCR, Care, and to CSOs in Brazil. Her areas of expertise include social development, criminology, child and human rights, policy influence, environment and gender. Emilia loves evaluation and capacity development. In that role, taking advantage of her experience of over 8 years as a Professor of Law, she has trained dozens of professionals from over 30 countries in Outcome Harvesting (OH). She holds a bachelor, master's and doctorate degrees in Law and Criminology obtained at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Anne-Clemence Owen is an evaluation specialist in OED, where she manages project evaluations, particularly relating to the Global Environment Facility. Prior to joining OED in 2019, she worked at the Multilateral Investment Fund’s Access to Basic Services Unit (MIF, part of the InterAmerican Development bank Group) and at the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG, part of the World Bank Group) in Washington DC. At the World Bank, she contributed to thematic evaluations (water supply and sanitation, public finance for development) and to country programs evaluations (Mexico). She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Fatimetou El Bah
Fatimetou El Bah is an evaluation analyst in OED, where she supports thematic evaluations. She has experience in economic analysis and policy evaluation. Before joining OED, she was working as a Research Assistant for the evaluation department of the French Ministry of Education (DEPP) where she contributed to impact evaluations of education policies and programmes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree in economics from Sciences Po Paris, and a master’s degree in public policy and development from Paris School of Economics.
Sima El Najjar
Sima El Najjar is an evaluation specialist in OED for project, thematic and country programme evaluations in the Near East and North Africa region. Previously, Sima worked in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation field with UNICEF in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iran. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in project management.
Daniela Hernandez Salazar
Daniela Hernandez Salazar is an evaluation specialist for FAO’s office of evaluation. She provides research and coordination support for evaluations related to Latin America and the Caribbean. She previously worked with the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services and Results for Development. Daniela holds two Master’s degrees in Global Policy Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sara Holst is an evaluation specialist and manager in OED, where she is responsible for designing, managing and leading evaluations of large regional and global development and resilience programmes. She is an economist with more than eleven years of work experience in evaluation, project management and rural 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. Previously, she worked as Technical Advisor for an Italian NGO in Guinea Bissau to strengthen the capacity of farmers’ associations and agriculture cooperatives. Sara is a Magna cum Laude from La Sapienza University, where she got her master’s degree in global economy and governance.
Adriana Jaramillo is an evaluation manager in OED,
where she is responsible for Country Programme Evaluations in Latin
America and the Caribbean region and supports decentralized evaluations.
She has almost ten years of experience in evaluating and monitoring
development projects and public social spending. Before joining OED, she
worked for the Mexican federal government. As Performance Evaluation
Director at the National Council for the Evaluation of Social
Development Policy (CONEVAL), she led the evaluation strategy of
decentralized social spending, managed simultaneous project evaluations,
developed evaluation methodologies, and coordinated technical
assistance for local and federal government actors. She holds a master’s
degree in Governance, Development, and Public Policy from the Institute
of Development Studies at Sussex University in the United Kingdom.
Seda Kojoyan is an evaluation specialist in OED, where she manages project evaluations, particularly relating to the Global Environment Facility. Prior to this, she was a Program Officer in the independent evaluation unit of the Global Fund in Geneva, Switzerland. She managed thematic and strategic evaluations, on crosscutting topics such as technical support partnerships, challenging operating environments, regional programs, and gender, and regularly reported to the Board and governance committee. Kojoyan holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and has graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Claudia Martinez Mansell
Claudia Martinez Mansell is as an evaluation manager focusing on resilience evaluations. Prior to joining OED, she was part of the evaluation teams looking into FAO’s West Bank and Gaza Strip programme and WFP’s Algeria programme. Her previous work has focused on project/programme formulation and operational management of emergency and rehabilitation programmes. She has also worked for the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition, managing and supporting the food security and agriculture work stream of the 2014 Climate Summit. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and an Evidence-based Humanitarian Assistance Graduate Certificate from Tufts University.
Alex Moiseev is an evaluation specialist in FAO’s Office of Evaluation. Previously, Alex led the planning, monitoring and evaluation functions at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), deploying systems for planning, quantitative reporting, project management and utilization focused evaluation. Alex holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Lavinia Monforte is an evaluation specialist in OED where she is supporting 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.
Paul Neuman joined OED in 2020 as an evaluation analyst and specialist for resilience evaluations portfolio. He previously worked with FAO as a needs assessment specialist covering the Near East and North Africa Region based in Cairo, Egypt and a Food Security Analyst supporting a sub-regional project, based in Amman, Jordan. Prior to this, he worked with international NGOs supporting the Syria crisis response in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in comparative political science from Duke University.
Lis Pinero is an evaluation analyst supporting
strategic evaluations. Lis has a technical background focusing on
environmental and biological sciences, which she combines with
evaluation skills to support the assessment of the environmental pillar
of sustainable development. She previously worked in academia and the
private sector and volunteers for NGOs in her free time. Lis holds a
master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Western
Australia and a bachelor's degree from the University of Buenos Aires.
Giulia PollastriGiulia Pollastri is an evaluation analyst in OED, where she contributes to thematic and country programme evaluations. Before joining OED she has worked as evaluation consultant for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in the Audit and Quality assurance department of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. Previously, she gained field experience in Ecuador collaborating with the NGO Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio (FEPP) where she worked with local associations of smallholder farmers as an agricultural value chain analyst. Giulia holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Atta-ur-Rehman is an evaluation analyst in OED, where he supports strategic evaluations. He has technical background in programme assessment, monitoring and evaluation and data management. He has worked with UN agencies in Africa, South Asia, Pacific and recently in the Middle East for humanitarian response as well as development programmes. He holds a Master’s in International Relations as well as political science from the University of Peshawar, Master's in International Humanitarian Affairs from the University of York and diploma in project planning, M&E and management from the University of Wageningen.
Renate Roels joined OED in 2019 as an evaluation specialist, where she designs, manages and conducts global and single-country project/programme evaluations. She also contributes to corporate products such as evaluation syntheses. Before joining OED, Renate worked for five years at IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation as an evaluation analyst, where she was involved in project, country, corporate and thematic evaluations that covered the assessment of projects as well as policies and strategies (e.g. value chain development and IFAD’s financial architecture). She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam.
Abdoulaye Sy is an evaluation specialist in OED where he is responsible for programme and project evaluations, he also contributes to thematic evaluations. He has experience in development evaluations and programme management. Before joining OED Abdoulaye served as an evaluation analyst with IFAD and UNDP evaluation offices working on corporate-level evaluations. He also worked as a programme officer with IFAD in the design supervision of development projects in Angola, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, The Gambia and Togo. Abdoulaye holds a Master I in Economy Bank and International Finance and a Master II in Globalization and International Strategies from the University of Bordeaux.
Outreach, knowledge management, communication
Renata Mirulla facilitates the EvalForward Community of Practice. She supports knowledge sharing and information exchange among members, summarizing topics discussed and highlighting good practices in evaluation, ensuring updates on events, resources, guidelines that are relevant to evaluation in agriculture, food security and rural development. Renata is the OED focal point for National Evaluation Capacity Development. She holds a master's degree in political sciences from Università La Sapienza, Rome.
Valentina Di Marco
Valentina Di Marco joined OED in 2021. She works on evaluation synthesis, both as individual products and in support of large thematic evaluations. In addition, she works as coordinator of a Knowledge Management team to support the increasing need to maximize the use of knowledge generated by evaluations. Valentina has a 20+ work experience in the private industry working for large multinationals as a market researcher and business consultant. She transitioned to nonprofit organizations. Before joining OED, she worked at IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation as an evaluation consultant, contributing with meta-analysis and research to large corporate level evaluations and evaluation synthesis. She was the evaluation coordinator of the Joint evaluation of the Rome-based agencies collaboration conducted between 2020 and 2021. Valentina is a Magna Cum Laude from Universita’ degli Studi Palermo in International Political Sciences and holds a master’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration.
James Edge is a communications specialist at OED
where he is developing the OED communications strategy and redeveloping
the OED website. Previously, James was lead web editor at the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and FAO, where he
managed digital content for FAO statistics, trade and markets and
development economics. He has a degree in psychology from the University of Kent and master's in applied psychology from the University of Portsmouth.
Gianluca Bailey joined OED in January 2021 as a publishing and repository specialist, coordinating the final steps of the publishing process for OED evaluations. This includes coordinating editing and translating, as well as taking care of quality checking all documents and ensuring they are included in the FAO publications repository, along with the metadata. Prior to joining OED, he worked for six years as a Publications Officer at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, where he was in charge of quality checking publications. Gianluca holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, United States of America.
Luigia Marro joined OED as a communications
specialist in 2022. Before joining FAO, she worked with IFAD and private
sector companies as a communications and PR trainee. In 2020 she joined
FAO as a communications specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
cinema and new media, a master’s degree in communications and journalism
and post laurea masters in multimedia information.
Shannon ClayShannon Clay joined OED in 2017 as an English copy-editor. Prior to joining FAO, she worked with IFAD. She holds a bachelor's degree in linguistics and a master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation in English, Italian and Spanish. She has been working as a freelancer with NGOs, national and international organizations since 2015.
Operations, budget and human resources
Rosa Capuzzolo is the office assistant supporting the OED Director’s office. She is focal point for office space, return plan, leave plans, OED assets, and other logistic and administrative matters for the Front Office. She also provides supervision to the admin team to ensure a smooth, timely and correct delivery of the administrative work. She previously worked with FAO's Land and Water, Emergency, and Social Protection Divisions and the Strategic Programme for Rural Poverty.
Sarah Jaff is 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. She is an operations assistant with more than 20 years of experience in the management of emergency and development operations, and planning and implementation with government, NGOs and FAO. Before joining FAO, Jaff was a project manager responsible for the implementation of psycho-social programmes for women affected by war in northern Iraq.
Borka Karbic is an administrative assistant for OED where she performs a variety of administrative duties, acting as divisional HR focal point and providing HR procedural guidance and onboarding training to other colleagues. She also provides administrative support for procurement processes, and supports FAO Council and Conference in editing and proofreading the verbatim transcripts. Before joining OED, she worked as programme assistant in Governing Bodies Services, a project assistant in the International Plant Protection Convention and office assistant in Human Resources.
Martin Corredoira is an administrative assistant with OED where he is responsible for assisting with staff hires, travel, 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.
Angelo Battisti joined OED in 2020 where he is involved in planning and monitoring project evaluations. He is an operational consultant with more than ten years of experience in service organization and workgroup coordination. He started his career in public administration. He joined FAO in 2015, where he served for four years in the information technology division as deployment technician, and coordinator of the Asset, Deployment and Loan Service. He holds a bachelor's degree in communication and an advanced degree in cooperation and development, Universita' "La Sapienza" – Rome and a master's degree in Computer Science Security, Universita' Niccolo Cusano – Rome.