The Board

Executive Committee

Rob D van den Berg (Netherlands)

Rob is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Evaluation and Learning at the Climate Investment Funds at the World Bank, and an advisor to the Independent Evaluation Unit of the Green Climate Fund, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of Wilton Park in the UK. His past positions include Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (2004-2014), Director of the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2004), Senior Advisor on Research at the European Commission and various positions in Dutch development cooperation. From 2002 to 2004 he was the chairman of the OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation. He has published more than 25 articles on development, research and evaluation and has co-edited five books. He studied contemporary history at the University of Groningen in Netherlands.

Second Term of Office expires: March 31, 2020

Cristina Magro (Brazil)

Cristina has PhD in Language Sciences as well as being an IPDET graduate. She is certified in Institutional Assessment by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture and is a Professional and Life Coach. For 26 years she has been a full professor in the leading Brazilian University UFMG, as well as being an associate professor, visiting scholar and researcher at various other academic institutions. As a Senior Education Expert Consultant, Cristina worked for the Brazilian government evaluating Universities and Faculties, and for UNESCO evaluating the Brazilian Ministry of Education Observatory of Education’s institutional capacity for the improvement of basic education research grants programs. She has authored several publications, either alone or with academic and professional partners.

Second Term of Office expires 31 March 2021.

Jérôme Gandin (Canada)

Jérôme works with the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.  He has masters degrees in Geography, Political Sciences, Business Administration and International Development , and a PhD in Geography. He has 10 years of professional experience in strategic planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of complex projects and policies related to international development and humanitarian response. Jérôme has accumulated experience with a wide range of international organizations (United Nations, European Commission, multilateral development banks, Foundations and international NGOs).

Second Term of Office expires March 31 2022

Zenda Ofir (South Africa)

Zenda is a full-time independent evaluator from South Africa, currently based in Geneva. With a PhD in (Ecological) Chemistry, she was a senior manager in a South African science council and Director Research for the University of Pretoria before turning to evaluation. Since 2000 she has worked across the world from local to global level on the interface of science, evaluation and development, with a special focus on Africa and Asia. She is a former AfrEA President, IOCE Vice-President and AEA Board Member. She has been a visiting professor at Hiroshima University and for several years presented an Aid Effectiveness module at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo. At present she is an Honorary Professor at the School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, a member of the EvalSDGs reference group, and Lead Steward of the SDG Transformations Forum A&E Working Group. She has recently been invited to become a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow in Berlin. She is also a keen blogger on Evaluation for Development.

First Term of Office expires March 31, 2021


Board Members

Hur Hassnain (Pakistan)

Hur Hassnain is a design, monitoring and evaluation and accountability and learning expert with fifteen years of hands-on experience working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts in Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. In his professional career Hur has successfully designed, commissioned and conducted research and evaluations in insecure environments for the UN agencies, European Commission, private donors and governments of Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.
Hur is an expert in participatory MEL approaches and has developed innovative tools that have been presented internationally.

He works with Oxfam GB in Oxford as Global Adviser Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning – Conflict and Fragility. He works with others to shape Oxfam’s thinking on effective and conflict sensitive monitoring and evaluations in highly insecure environment Oxfam works in. Previously he worked with War Child UK as their MEAL Advisor where he established the MEAL unit and led on Impact Reporting.

He holds dual Master’s Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Sindh, Pakistan and Development Studies (MDS) from COMSATS Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Hur is fully proficient in five languages.

His collection of Urdu poetry was published in Pakistan in 2006.

First Term of Office expires March 31 2019

Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella (Argentina)

Pablo is a consulting sociologist, with 20 years of progressively responsible positions in applied and academic social sciences: evaluation, planning, community participation, and programme management.  He is a Researcher at the CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas), and is also Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional de San Juan.  Pablo has specialized in evaluation of rural  development programmes. He is experienced in bridging evaluation research and policy by interdisciplinary work, and   interested in linking issues of relevance and applicability with  high standards of evaluation quality. His professional work experience includes consulting work for the World Bank, Argentine Government, and the LENTISCO Network (Latin America-European Network for Technology Innovation Studies and Co-Development, financed by the EU).

First Term of Office expires 31 March 2020

Josephine Watera (Uganda)

Josephine Watera is a seasoned Evaluation practitioner with ten years experience in evaluation design,
implementation, utilization and reporting. Currently working as a Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, she is the lead person in the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the Uganda Parliament.
Josephine holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and in Social Sector Planning and Management. Areas of expertise include Parliamentary Systems, public sector management, gender, youth and development and governance.
First Term of Office expires : March 31, 2020

Inga-Lill Aronsson (Sweden)

Inga-Lill has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Uppsala University, and is Senior Lecturer in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies at the same university. She has more than 10 years of experience of advanced multi- and interdisciplinary academic work. Her main research interests are conflict and heritage, memory and reconciliation and longitudinal research on involuntary resettlement. She is the former Director of NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action) (2005-2011), and from 2012 Member of The NOHA Steering Committee. She is as well Member of The International Network on Displacement and Resettlement (INDR) and Member of the Research Colloquium, The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. Among her past commissions of trust are Board Member of Forum for Latin American Studies (2015-2017), Member of The Recruitment Board of the Faculty of Arts (2009-2011), Board Member of the Faculty of Arts (2005-2011), Uppsala University. She is gender pro-active and she has initiated several faculty funded gender projects. She has authored and co-edited several publications on negotiations in resettlement, local participation, gender and peace museums.
First term of office expires: 31st March 2021


As the representative for North-America, the elections confirmed the indication of Dr. Marie Hélène Adrien, who returns to the IDEAS Board after a long period. Marie Hélène was IDEAS President for 2005-2008.
Marie-Hélène is the President of Universalia and a senior consultant specialized in evaluation, capacity building in M&E, and research in the field of evaluation. She has conducted assignments in more than 80 countries, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean and Latin America. As the President of Universalia she is proud to lead the new generation of consultants in addressing challenges in international development.
Under her presidency, Universalia was nominated as the Best Business of the Year (2007) by the International Chamber of Commerce of Montreal. Marie Hélène was awarded the Montreal Business Woman of the Year award in 2004. She is the author of several publications on evaluation, including Assessing Organisational Performance- a Tool box for Self Assessment which has been a leading instrument in the world for assessing the performance of private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to her consulting work, Marie Hélène is a faculty member of the McGill International Executive Institute and of the IPDET. She has been a member of the Board of several organizations, including Le Bureau des relations internationales de l’École Polytechnique (Montréal), the Canadian Evaluation Society, and la Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme. She also volunteers for organizations such as the YMCA of Greater Montreal and the Scout Association of Greater Montreal. Originally from Haiti, Dr. Adrien is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Créole.
First Term of Office expires March 31 2022.


Doha returns to IDEAS Board after having been elected as the first representative coming from MENA and Egypt. Also, she was the first to hold Board Membership seat in IOCE for MENA and Egypt. She has a Ph.D. in Financial Economics, graduated from and facilitated ECDs in IPDET, Carleton University, Canada. Doha Abdelhamid will substitute Awny Amer Morsy, former representative of the MENA Region in the IDEAS Board, in an interim term until March 2020.
Doha has 30+ years of international experience in consulting and academia. She was Senior Policy and International Relations Advisor to the Ministers of Finance (2000-04); Economic Planning, Local Development (2004-06); and Public Administration (Central
Agency for Organization and Administration, Cabinet of Ministers (2007-10), as Director of fiscal, economic and local development, and public administration portfolio reforms. The first Director of the national capacity, building programme in performance-based budgeting/monitoring and evaluation of the state administrative body in Egypt (2000-04). In addition, an Advisor to the Center of Parliamentary Research (2008-10), Vice President of the Consumer Protection and Development Society (2014-2019), founding Evaluation Function Head of the International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Austria (2014-15), and Advisor to the National Council for Women (2002-).
Doha enjoyed designing many evaluation networks, systems, approaches. She is also an acknowledged evaluation capacity builder, methodological, institutional innovator, and intense researcher with long publications list. Peer reviewer and editorial board member of acclaimed refereed academic journals. Won numerous awards and competitions in evaluation, economics, and management.
She is currently an independent international evaluation expert to UN organizations, DFIs, government entities, the private sector, and NGOs. Member of the Scientific Economic and Management Council of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (2017-), Visiting Research Associate at the Center for Learning in Evaluation and Results—Anglophone Africa, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (2016-), and Member of DME BENAA Organ, Administrative Control Authority (2019-).

Interim Term of Office expires: March 31, 2020