Keynote Speakers

Dr. Estelle Raimondo

Dr. Estelle Raimondo is an evaluation methods expert at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, where she leads evaluations and advises and trains teams on a wide range of evaluation methodologies. She also acts as the external methods advisor for the Under-Secretary of State of Global Affairs Canada. With ten years of experience in evaluation and evaluation research, she is a faculty member of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and adjunct faculty at the George Washington University. Her research has been published in several internationally peer-reviewed journals. Her first book is: Dealing with complexity in development evaluation: a practical approach (2015, with Michael Bamberger and Jos Vaessen). She received her PhD in evaluation research from the George Washington University. She is a Board member of the European Evaluation Society.

Dr. Barbara Befani

Dr. Barbara Befani has 15 years of experience as an evaluation methodology expert, trainer, and community builder. She is interested in human progress, particularly the idea of communities using rationality and scientific principles to improve their collective condition. In this sense she is interested in communities both acquiring methodological skills from academia and contributing with their insight to the methodological development of evaluation. In the last 10 years she has focused on busting a few methodological myths around impact evaluation and broadening the ways the latter is conducted. She has been trying to shatter the notion of “rigour” with a multidimensional framework for evaluation quality that is equally applicable to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods evaluation; to mitigate the fixation on experimental evaluation with the notion of methodological appropriateness; and to build bridges between qualitative and quantitative methods by grounding qualitative methodologies on branches of mathematics like set theory and probability theory (with QCA and diagnostic evaluation or Bayesian Process Tracing). She’s a former Secretary General of the EES.

Katherine Zeserson

Katherine Zeserson ( is an independent strategic consultant, musician, writer, coach and facilitator. She works at the intersections between leadership culture, social transformation, organisational impact and creative process. Her organisational practice combines strategic advisory and evaluative work with one to one coaching and creative group / team development. Current clients include: Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh UK), Music Generation (IRL), Wicklow County Council (IRL), European Concert Halls Organisation, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Royal Opera House (UK), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (UK). She is co-founder and Chair of Sing Up Ltd., Programme Director for, a member of the Boards of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company and Dash Arts (UK), and critical friend to Santa Marcelina Cultura (Brazil). From 2001 to 2015 she was Founding Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead in the Northeast of England.

Zenda Ofir

Zenda Ofir is a full-time independent evaluation specialist from South Africa, currently based in Switzerland. With a PhD in (Ecological) Chemistry, she was a senior programme manager in a South African Science Council and the Director of Research of the University of Pretoria before turning to evaluation. Since 2000 she has worked in many diverse fields from local to global level on the interface of evaluation, science/research and development. She has a special focus on Africa and Asia, on the intersection of humanity with nature, and on how to use evaluation to help accelerate progress towards urgently-needed large-scale transformative change. She is a former AfrEA President, IOCE Vice-President, AEA Board Member and co-founder of SAMEA. She has been a visiting professor at Hiroshima University and for several years presented the Aid Effectiveness module at the United Nations University in Tokyo. At present she is Vice-President of IDEAS, a Lead Steward in the SDG Transformations Forum, a Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, and a Honorary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She has advised many international organisations and serves on the editorial boards of several international evaluation journals. She is also a widely read blogger on Evaluation for Development.

Sebastian Lemire

Sebastian Lemire, Abt Associates
Sebastian brings over 15 years of experience designing and implementing evaluations for public and private sector organizations. As a scholar-practitioner, his interests revolve around theory-based evaluation, alternative approaches to impact evaluation, and evidence reviews. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and special issues on these topics. Sebastian currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation.

Astrid Brousselle

Astrid Brousselle is a professor and director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British-Columbia, Canada. She is also the convener of the group UVic in the Anthropocene. Pr. Brousselle contributes to the analysis and development of theories and methods in evaluation that she applies to various areas of research in public health and health system organization. She is particularly interested in contributing to the building of more sustainable and equitable societies. In evaluation, she enjoys working with participative/collaborative methods, and she has a special interest in theory-based evaluations. During 2011 and 2016, she held the Canada Research Chair in Evaluation and Health System Improvement. Between 2015 and 2019, she was the French editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation/Revue canadienne d'évaluation de programme and she is a member of the editorial board of Evaluation and Program Planning. In her career, she has published over 70 scientific articles and she co-wrote and co-edited a book (in 2009), L’Évaluation: Concepts et Méthodes, published in French and translated into Portuguese.

Frans L. Leeuw

Frans L Leeuw (sociologist) is Professor of Law, Public Policy and Social Science Research, University of Maastricht, Netherlands (since 2005) and Evaluation advisor to national governments, the EU and organizations like the World Bank. Former he was Director of the National Institute of Applied Justice and Security Research, Netherlands; Professor, Evaluation studies, Utrecht University; Chief-Inspector, Inspectorate for Education, the Netherlands; Dean of the Humanities & social sciences Faculty, Netherlands Open University; Director of Performance Auditing and Evaluation, Netherlands National Audit Office and Associate Professor, Social Policy Research, Leiden University.

He was one of the founders of the EES and President.
Author of handbooks, edited books and numerous articles in journals like New Directions for Evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation, German Political Science Quarterly, Utrecht Law Review, Evaluation, Campbell Systematic Reviews, Zeitschrift fur Evaluation, Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, The American Sociologist, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Rationality and Society, Public Productivity and Management Review, Journal of International Development, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Information Polity and many others.

Vesna Bajšanski-Agić

Executive Director, Mozaik Foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vesna Bajšanski-Agić joined Mozaik in 2008, as Mozaik begun its transformation into a social enterprise. Today, Mozaik Foundation is the leading social enterprise in the Western Balkans, engaged in programs relevant to youth social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Prior to joining Mozaik, Vesna worked for ten years in various management positions in other national NGOs focused on social justice and she is an internationally certified trainer for Education for Social Justice. She is a Governing Board member of two social businesses that support the disadvantaged and promote reconciliation in an economically sustainable way and a Board member/president of several NGOs in the region. Vesna is serving as a member in Managing Committee and Governing Council of the European Foundation Center in Brussels, Steering Committee of Grantmakers East Forum, SIGN Network, and ISSA. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Sarajevo and finished Adizes Institute Leadership Program. Vesna is a 2012 recipient of the European Marshall Memorial Fellowship awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Peter Dahler-Larsen

Peter Dahler-Larsen, Ph.D., is professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is the leader of the Center for Research on Evaluation, Measurement, and Effects (CREME). He is past president of European Evaluation Society, and author of “The Evaluation Society” (Stanford University Press) and “Quality: From Plato to Performance” (Palgrave). He recently served as chair of the ministerial advisory board on the evaluation of national testing in Denmark.




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