Lead Evaluation Officer
Dr. Nanthikesan
Sri Lanka
+39 06 5459 2243
PhD Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Masters in Public Administration Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA
Bachelor in Engineering Sri Lanka
Nanthikesan is Lead Evaluation Officer at the Independent Office of Evaluation at IFAD. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the development field, including more than 20 years of evaluation experience in the United Nations development system. As Head of the thematic evaluation group in IEO of UNDP, he conceptualized and conducted corporate and country level evaluations. As a Regional M&E Advisor in the Asia-Pacific as well as the Sub-Saharan Africa regions, he was responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluating country programmes and developing M&E capacities in 68 countries. Prior to joining the United Nations system, he was a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.
Professional affiliations and distinctions Member, International Development Evaluation Association Member, Asia Pacific Evaluation Association Member, American Evaluation Association Member, Sri Lanka Evaluation Association Guest lecturer at Columbia University, SIPA Authored several evaluation-related peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and blog pieces. Convened sessions in a number of international evaluation events (American Evaluation Association, Asia Evaluation Week, Asia Pacific Evaluation Association, COP26, European Evaluation Society, and United Nations Evaluation Group).
25 years International Development experience, with focus on Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.
+20 years experience in the evaluation field
2019 Rome, Italy
2016 Bangkok, Thailand
2009 New York, USA
2002 New York, USA
Lead Evaluation Officer Independent Office of Evaluation IFAD
Regional M&E Advisor Asia Pacific Regional Office UNFPA
Regional M&E Advisor Regional Bureau for Africa UNDP
Evaluation Officer Independent Evaluation Office UNDP