Board & Administration

Executive Committee


ADA OCAMPO (PERU)

President. On duty from September 2020.

Ada is a 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 authored several articles and publications.  She was one of the founders of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and of the Latin America Evaluation Network (ReLAC). Ada is the former co-chair of EVALSDGs. She supported the Secretariat of the Global Parliamentarians Forum of Evaluation (GPFE). Currently, Ada is a free-lance consultant and the President of IDEAS.

Ada is fluent in Spanish (mother tongue) and in English; she understands and reads French, Italian and Portuguese. She has lived in Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, New York, Italy, the UK and Thailand. Ada loves to travel. She enjoys watching independent cinema and loves music and dancing. Above all, she loves people.

First Term of Office expires: 31 March 2023 


SERGE ERIC YAKEU DJIAM (CAMEROON)

Vice-President

As a Credentialed Evaluator (CE), Serge Eric Yakeu Djiam has 15+ years of experience in evaluation with more than 22+ years’ country experience in Cameroon. He works with stakeholders at multiple levels including Universities such as in UAE University (2013-2014) where he served as Visiting Professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences in Cameroun (2012-2014), the University of Constantine II in Algeria (2015), and as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Montreal in Canada since 2016. As Evaluation Team Leader, he also works with government entities, CSO, donors, and UN agencies such UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, IFAD, FAO, UN Women, and WFP. He is the CEO of the Centre for Evaluation and Development (Cameroon). Serge Eric led the design and implementation of over 50 country research worldwide and within complex and humanitarian environments either as individual or in team setting in various locations including very remote areas. With his ability to manage participatory approaches in addition to his knowledge and leadership skills, he adapts readily to different cultural environments. With a multi-disciplinary background and experience, he worked in Africa, Europe, North-America, Middle-East, and Asia, in various environments including cities, and villagers.

As a Bilingual international expert (French & English), Serge Eric Yakeu Djiam is very active as adviser for youth empowerment for their inclusion into the society especially within professional networks in Francophone and Anglophone countries. He wrote two books, training materials, several reports and articles and can easily develop summative reports and restitutions. He participated to various conferences/seminars /symposium and chair panels/sessions in monitoring and evaluation, agricultural research, research methodology and statistics, and related topics worldwide. As President, he chaired the 2014 AfrEA International Conference in Cameroon with over 550 participants worldwide.

Serge Eric Yakeu Djiam is also Life-member of IDEAS, member of CES, CAIDP, CaDEA, DME, EvalPartners, and AGDEN.

First Term of Office expires: 31 March 2024

serge.eric01@gmail.com


PETER E. WICHMAND (DENMARK)

Treasurer

Peter E. Wichmand has been involved with international development evaluation for over 30 years designing, managing, and implementing management studies, evaluations, and planning assignments on international basis for NGOs, UN organisations and private companies. Trained as a development economist, with degrees in international economics, management and development including research degrees from University of Cambridge, Peter has worked as a trainer, consultant, manager, researcher, and programme officer in the field of evaluation and management of development for almost 30 years, based in the Denmark, UK, Italy and now Switzerland with travel and work to over 30 countries mainly in West, East and southern Africa, Asia, and Europe. Peter has worked in areas such a programme/project cycle management; strategic, thematic and policy evaluations including impact assessment; development of tools for economic analysis; organisational development, institutional analysis, and management studies; management of training and capacity building; public sector management; planning processes, systems, and tools; knowledge management; and management information systems, including use of information technology in planning.

Peter is currently the most senior Senior Evaluation Officer in the independent evaluation office of the International Labour Office (specialised agency of the UN) working on strategic corporate high level institutional evaluation on capacity development, research and knowledge management, partnerships, gender equality, Covid19 response; methodologies on impact and ex-post evaluations; and the introduction of new and transformative approaches such as clustered evaluations and evaluations of normative and standard setting activities.

First Term of Office expires: 31 March 2025


LENNISE JC BAPTISTE (TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)

Secretary General

Lennise Baptiste, is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and works as an Independent Consultant undertaking evaluations of donor funded projects throughout the Caribbean region. She has more than 35 years combined professional experience in the fields of education and programme evaluation.

Her introduction to the evaluation of projects and programmes began in the US in 2005 at the Research and Evaluation Bureau at Kent State University, Ohio. She was the 2010 recipient of the Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Methodology, or Practice.

She is the Immediate Past Chair (2015-2018) of the Caribbean Evaluators International (CEI) Board and she continues to work on behalf of the CEI on the South-to-South Evaluation Initiative continuing to link with other Voluntary Organisations of Professional Evaluators (VOPEs) in the Global South. 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.

Lennise values participatory approaches to evaluation. She frequently blends the empowerment evaluation and the utilization-focused evaluation approaches in her work.  She believes in the transformative value of evaluation activities when stakeholders learn from the process not just the results. She advocates that there is more to be learned than feared when evaluation activities are undertaken.

First Term of Office expires: 31 March 2024

ideassecretarygeneral@gmail.com

Board Members


JOSEPHINE WATERA (UGANDA)

Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa

Josephine Watera is a seasoned Evaluation practitioner with ten years experience in evaluation design.
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.

Second Term of Office expires: 31 March 2023

waterajosephine@yahoo.com

FABIOLA AMARILES (COLOMBIA)

Representative for Latin-America and the Caribbean

Fabiola is an economist and educator with an MA degree in Finances & Strategic Management and specialized training and consulting experience in organizational and human development, participative research and capacity development. Through broad international development practice, she specialized in gender equality issues and empowerment of women, while working for many years for the international agricultural research system CGIAR. She is the founder and current CEO of the consulting firm Learning for Impact, Corp. with offices in Weston, FL, USA and Cali, Colombia. Currently member of the Management Group of EvalGender+ representing REDWIM, the Latin American & Caribbean Women in Management Network.

First Term of Office expires 31 March 2023


SONAL ZAVERI (INDIA)

Representative for South Asia, East Asia, Oceania and the Pacific

Sonal is an independent consultant with 25 years experience in strategic planning, capacity building and evaluation. She has experience with gender related evaluation, at local, national, regional and global levels. From 1982 to 1993, she was the Research Director of the Center for Research and Development in Mumbai and Program Consultant for a national level NGO, the Community Aid and Sponsorship program from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, she was tasked as Technical Coordinator, Project Support Unit, Gujerat State (population 64 million) to begin the first HIV/AIDS targeted intervention program in the state, where she worked with NGOs, state and national AIDS control departments and (then) DFID to initiate HIV prevention programs and develop a comprehensive gender friendly MIS system. From 1997 till the present, she has worked with government, multi-laterals, bi-laterals, foundations, NGOs and INGOs in more than 25 countries in Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

First Term of Office expires: 31 March 2025

ADMINISTRATION


DANIEL SVOBODA (CZECH REPUBLIC)

IDEAS Coordinator and Administrator

Daniel is a co-founder and Head of Secretariat of the Czech Evaluation Society and since July 2019 Coordinator and Head of Administration of IDEAS. He is specialized in project management and sustainable development. Since 2009, he has been working for the European Commission as an external monitor for the environmental program LIFE. Between 2007 and 2017 he coordinated the European training EPDET, in 2018 and 2019 he was a lecturer of IPDET at the University of Bern. He is also a lecturer of project management and evaluations at the Czech University of Life Sciences. Until 2019, he was a member of the Reference Group on Evaluations of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs; currently he works as mentor on evaluations at the Czech Ministry of Health. Since 2020, he is a Coordinator of the International Evaluation Academy.

ideascoordinator@gmail.com