Juha I. Uitto
English, Finnish, Swedish
PhD, Social and Economic Geography Lund University, Sweden
MSc, Geography University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr Juha Uitto is an evaluator focusing on environment in international development. From 2014 to 2024, he served as Director of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Independent Evaluation Office (IEO). His previous appointments include evaluation positions at UNDP (including Deputy Director of IEO) and the GEF. He has managed and conducted numerous evaluations at global, regional and country levels, especially in Asia and Africa. Throughout the 1990s he was environmental research and training program coordinator at the United Nations University. He has published widely on related topics and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography.
Professional affiliations and distinctions United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG): Executive Coordinator (2009-2012; 2014); Coordinator, Working Group on Environmental and Social Impact (2019-2024). International Evaluation Academy: Board Director (2020-). Member: International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), European Evaluation Society (EES), American Association of Geographers (AAG), American Geographical Society (AGS). EES Award for Significant Contributions to Evaluation Practice (2012).
25 years experience in evaluation in international development.
30 years experience in environment-development nexus, sustainable development, environmental hazards.
2024 Washington, DC, USA
2014 Washington, DC, USA
2009 New York, USA
2006 New York, USA
2002 New York, USA
Visiting Scholar Environmental Law Institute
Director Independent Evaluation Office, Global Environment Facility
Deputy Director Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
Evaluation Advisor Evaluation Office, UNDP
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, GEF, UNDP