APEA is pleased to present its Board of Directors for 2020 to 2021 - whom, while thanking its members will be working hard to make APEA stronger and more prominent, not only in the Asia Pacific region, but globally.

Meet our Board of Directors!



Asela Kalugampitiya is a lawyer, currently the President of both Sri Lanka Evaluation Association and the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association. He has been working in the Monitoring and Evaluation field for over two decades including for international organizations such as International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO and CARE International as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.

Asela was instrumental in launching International Year of Evaluation 2015 globally and organizing Global Evaluation Forum held at the parliament of Nepal and parliament of Kyrgyz Republic. Under his current work, he is highly involved in supporting countries for "embedding evaluation in VNRs". He is the (honorary) Director - Center for Evaluation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a member of the teaching faculty of the Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation course run by the same university.


Vice President

Mr. Samandar Mahmodi is an M&E professional and data analyst. He has studied bachelor in business, associate in computer sciences, and he has also completed various certificate programs in program evaluation, data analytics, and development, anti-corruption and corporate social responsibility. Mr. Mahmodi has over 10 years of experience of conducting and managing evaluations and evaluation units and systems. He has
worked with various international organizations, donor programs and nonprofits. He is also an entrepreneur, SDGs enthusiast, and holds membership in various evaluation societies and associations. He is also founder and chairman of the board of directors for Afghan Evaluation Society.


Vice President

Keiko Nishino serves as Vice President for the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) as well as a Board member for the Japan Evaluation Society (JES). She is also a professor at the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), Japan with specialization of International Relations, International Cooperation and related subjects. She is also an Associate Dean for the UN and Foreign Affairs Studies Programme Office of KGU. She started her career with the United Nations Children's Fund in Bangladesh.

After serving for UNICEF for ten years, she established a consultancy firm and actively involved in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of international cooperation projects for more than twenty years. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies, John's Hopkins University, US.  



Merwin Salazar is a strong advocate for the passage of a National Evaluation Policy in the Philippines to establish and strengthen the M&E systems in all levels of the Philippine government, and has spearheaded formation of an M&E unit in the Philippine Senate, which he hopes materializes soon.

Merwin has more than twenty years of professional experience from both private and public sectors in the areas of economic research, financial management, and public policy. He obtained both his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Master in Development Economics degrees from the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He is a certificate recipient of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), Training on Policy/Program Evaluation in the Legislative department from UNICEF and several other trainings/seminars on evaluation from other organizations such as the ADB and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). He has worked as project consultant at the World Bank Office in Manila an is a member of the Philippine Evaluators for Development (PHILDEV). Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO) of the Senate of the Philippines since 2010 and is serving as the Treasurer of APEA.


General Secretary

Humayun Khan serves as General Secretary for the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA). Mr. Khan is a founding Board member and serving General Secretary of Pakistan Evaluation Association (PEA). He is a project management and Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning specialist. He has over eleven years of first-hand experience working in complex humanitarian and development settings in some of the most volatile regions affected by conflict and fragility in Pakistan. Areas of programmatic focus include education, peacebuilding, positive child and youth development, modern slavery, Livelihood, Shelter, WASH, refugees and displacement, humanitarian assistance and community development.  He has expertise in working with non-linear approaches, such as Outcome Harvesting and Sprockler. Mr. Khan holds a master’s degree in development studies with the distinction of a gold medal and an MS degree in Conflict, Peace and Development.


Board Member

Astri Indirawati serves as Board Member for the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA). Ms. Astri is also a Board member of Indonesia Development Evaluation Community (InDEC). She is a project management specialist. She has over ten years of experience working in the field of development in various settings including grassroots, national, regional and international development. She is experienced in managing projects in economics, politics, and social in various sectoral specific issues such as: disaster management and humanitarian assistance, community development, environment, MSMEs, food and agriculture, trade facilitation, health and well-being, education, and human resources development. Ms. Astri  holds a master’s degree in development practice and bachelor’s degree in international relations.


Board Member

Mr. Batsugar Tsedendamba is a development researcher and policy expert with practical experience in governance, social inclusion and equality. Batsugar has been working at the Independent Research
Institute of Mongolia, one of leading research institutions in country. He has contributed and initiated local initiatives to strengthen national evaluation capacity as founding member of Mongolian Evaluation Network. Moreover, he contributed in development policy planning in Mongolia at the national and sector level, as well as building a monitoring and evaluation capacity at the government level for effective development programming, budgeting and evaluation. He is interested in development and piloting of tech-supported innovative evaluation techniques. Moreover, Mr. Batsugar served as a member of National Committee on Gender Equality during 2018-2019. He is a board member of Innovation for Change Central Asia Hub, which aims to promote civic space and address development challenges in the region through innovations.


Board Member

Mr. Subarna Lal Shrestha served more than thirty three years in different senior key positions of different ministries and departments at the policy level and executive level of the Government of Nepal, working in governance, administration, finance, planning, monitoring and evaluation. Presently, he is working as a Freelance Independent Consultant since last twelve years particularly in planning, monitoring and evaluation. He has long experience of working with different national and international organizations. He has leaded several evaluation works and researches, conducted several training and capacity building programmes on M&E and conducted workshops and conferences. He has more than seventeen years experience on teaching subjects like M&E, Project Management, Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship Development in different colleges.

He is one of the founder members of Asia Pacific Evaluation Association, and is in its Board since last four years. He initiated to establish Nepal Evaluation Society as the first VOPE in
Nepal, contributed up to six year as its Secretary General. Presently, he is Chairperson of the Nepal Evaluation Society since last six year. He is affiliated with different professional
organizations on administration, management, research and cooperative. He holds Master Degree in Commerce, Bachelor degree in Law and Diploma in National Economic Accounting from the Bureau of Economic Accounting, USA.

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