The Board

Executive Committee

Rob D van den Berg (Netherlands)

Rob studied contemporary history at the University of Groningen in Netherlands. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, as well as a member of the Faculty of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training.  Rob is a member of the Advisory Group on Evaluation and Learning at the Climate Investment Funds at the World Bank, and of the Monitoring Advisory Group of the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation.  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 four books.

Second Term of Office expires: March 31, 2020 [phone_number] [website]
Susan Tamondong (Philippines)
Vice President

Sue has over twenty years of professional experience in developing countries and a proven ability to work effectively in complex situations and diverse cultures. She combines research and analytical ability with effective managerial and communication skills. She has worked with United Nations in three countries, multilateral and regional development banks (World Bank, ADB, IADB), AUSAID, MCC, international consulting companies, government and academia. She is currently a freelance international consultant.
Second  Term of Office expires: March 31, 2018 [phone_number] [website]
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.
First Term of Office expires 31 March 2018 [phone_number] [website]
Niels Dabelstein (Denmark)

Niels was one of the Founding Fathers of IDEAS.  He has recently retired after some 30 years as an evaluation manager , and can now bring to the IDEAS Board experience from several Boards and Committees such as the OECD/DAC Working Party on Development Evaluation; Chairman of the Board of The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HERE (Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre), Geneva; Trustee, Fundación  DARA Internacional, Madrid; Chair, the Advisory Committee for Evaluation of SPHERE; Treasurer, Committee on Development, Danish Association of Engine­ers; Chair, Management Committee for the Evaluation of the International Response to Genocide in Rwanda; Manager of The Joint Evaluation of the Paris Declaration (AEA Outstanding Evaluation Award 2012). As manager in Danida as well as in several of the other functions he has been responsible for daily financial management, budget management and fundraising. He holds an M.Sc. (Int. econ) from Copenhagen School of Economics and Bus­iness Admin­istration.

First Term of Office expires March 31st 2020 [phone_number] [website]

Board Members

Jérôme Gandin (Canada)
Board member for North America region

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).
First Term of Office expires March 31 2019 [phone_number] [website]
Hur Hassnain (Pakistan)
Board member for Asia region.

Hur Hassnain is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Adviser at War Child UK’s headquarters in London. He holds two master’s degrees in Development Studies and Business Administration. He has 13 years of comprehensive international development experience in research and evaluations with different government agencies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US and different bi and multi-lateral donor institutions across the world. Hur is a published poet in Pakistan and has written on a multitude of social and developmental causes.

First Term of Office expires March 31 2019 [phone_number] [website]
Awny Amer Morsy (Egypt)
Board member for MENA region

Awny Amer Morsy Bayoumy is an independent Research, Monitoring & Evaluation consultant, based in Egypt. He has 30 years of experience in development & evaluation. He worked with Plan International Egypt for 22 years before starting his role as independent R&E consultant in 2009. Through his career in the R&E field, he had the opportunity to lead and conduct different R&E processes, surveys, and situations analysis for diverse programmes addressing children, youth, women and other vulnerable groups with most of the UN and INGOs at global, regional and national levels- including UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women, WFP, ESCWA, Oxfam, IDRC, CARE, Save the Children, Inter News, Search for Common Ground (SFGG), UNRWA, and Plan International among others. He has good regional experience (MENA) region where he worked in different MENA regional countries.

Second Term of Office expires: March 31, 2020 [phone_number] [website]
Awuor Ponge (Kenya)
Board member for Sub-Saharan Africa region

Awuor Ponge, the President of the African Policy Centre is a Doctoral Candidate at Kenyatta University’s Department of Gender and Development Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Awuor has had comprehensive international and development experience including evaluation research and assessment; data analysis; and program and policy analysis. He has worked as a Consultant for many organisations including UN Women, UNICEF, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Vision, PACT International, Tetra Tech ARD and IDRC on a number of multidisciplinary research and evaluation projects. He has been extensively involved in capacity building and in project management, and has had many years of experience in academia as a lecturer and trainer in tertiary educational institutions in Kenya.

Second Term of Office expires March 31, 2020 [phone_number] [website]
Michele Tarsilla (Italy)
Board Member for Europe region

An International Rotary and Fulbright Scholar, Michele Tarsilla received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University, an M.S. in International Development from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a one-year graduate diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Carleton University in Ottawa. An IPDET graduate (2008), Michele joined the IPDET faculty in 2014. Dr. Tarsilla lectures on evaluation in a number of universities around the world. For over 10 years, he has been conducting evaluations of projects funded by the World Bank, FAO, WFP, DfiD and USAID, in a variety of sectors (including education, health, agriculture and food security). He has worked in over thirty countries and is fully proficient in six languages.

First Term of Office expires March 31, 2018 [phone_number] [website]
Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella (Argentina)
Board member for Latin America / Caribbean region

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 [phone_number] [website]