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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rashmi Agrawal holds a PhD in Psychology from Lucknow University, India. She specialized in Rehabilitation & Counselling from the University of California, USA. She is an IPDET Alumni. She has more than three decades of experience as a trainer and researcher in the field of Monitoring & Evaluation, Education, Employment and other Social issues. She has authored a number of books on topics of social relevance and presented several papers in national and international conferences. She initiated and designed a diploma course in ‘Monitoring and Evaluation’ as course director which was
launched for international participants and had approval of Government of India. She is actively associated with a number of international Associations on M&E like IDEAS and contributed to the development of Competencies for Commissioners and Managers of Evaluations. She also chaired a thematic sub-group on ‘Utilization of Evaluations’. She had been elected for the Governing Board of IDEAS as a member. She is a founder member of ‘Community of Evaluators’- South Asian Association and was in the Steering Committee. She has initiated and is a Co- Leader of Evaluation Community of India. She is associated with a number of international projects on M&E and is also a member of Evalgender+ . She is a co-chair of IRIPE. She along with other team members recently conducted a study on ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Behaviors and Wellbeing’ which is published by DPS Publishing House, India
BHUBAN B BAJRACHARYA
ROMEO B SANTOS
Mr. Bhuban Bajracharya is an independent development economist. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India. Formerly, he was Professor of economics at the Center for Economic Development and Administration, a research organization of Tribhuban University. He is the Founder Executive Member of Institute of Governance and Development. He is also involved in the consulting services, and hence has more than 40 years of experiences in research and consultancy. He has completed several assignments particularly in the fields of planning, poverty analysis, economic and sectoral policy analysis, fiscal policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and socio-economic analysis.
He is actively involved in the planning and policy making process of the government of Nepal. He has served National Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance as their senior economic adviser on different occasions. He worked as one of the Members of Fiscal Reform Task Force formed by the Ministry of Finance to review fiscal and tax issues, and suggest policy measures. He worked as Deputy Team Leader in formulating the Tenth Plan, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper of Nepal. He was involved in evolving Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-PRSP). He is thus intensely involved in PRSP process in Nepal. Besides providing services to various government organizations, he has worked for different development organizations like Asian Development Bank, UNDP, World Bank, Swiss Development Cooperation, DANIDA, SAARC Secretariat and DfID in their different assignments. Currently, he is serving as a School Education Capacity Development and Governance Specialist for SSDP TA Facility Project. He is a life member of the Nepal Economic Association. He has attended a number of national and international conferences, and has published articles and edited books to his credit.
Romeo Santos is the former president of Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA, 2018-2019). He was a former member of Board of Trustees of International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) from 2015-2019. He was the Founder of Philippine Development Evaluators Association (PHILDEV). Romeo was elected as the President of PHILDEV for two terms, which was ended in December 2020.
Romeo strongly believes in the cross and trans-disciplinary fusion of corporate, academia, and community practices. It brings good benefits to individuals and society. After all, living is actually a cross and trans-disciplinary mixture of life pursuits.
Romeo's affiliation with the College of Architecture, University of Philippines as a professor helps him in developing diverse exposure in the industry and international development fields -including community extension services. The evaluation career that he now practice enables him to work in league with practitioners in national government agencies (NGAs); local and international NGOs; UN agencies, development organizations, and many others in the public, private, and plural sectors. He works with the global evaluation community in advancing the cause of evaluation in all disciplines.