Mr. Takehiko Nakao


Mr. Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB’s Board of Governors and assumed office in April 2013.

Before joining ADB, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance of Japan.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Nakao has gained extensive experience in international finance and development. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance in Japan, which he joined in 1978, including Director-General of the International Bureau, where he fostered close ties with leading figures in the Asia-Pacific region, and G20 nations.

He was assigned as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., between 2005 and 2007, and from 1994 to 1997 served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary Fund.

He has published books and numerous papers on financial and economic issues, and in 2010 and 2011 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo.

Mr. Nakao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Source:


Mr. Ryokichi Hirono

Keynote Speaker for "The matters of peace, security and sustainable development in SDG Evaluations: What directions are we heading to?"

Professor Ryokichi Hirono graduated in 1958 from the University of Chicago in Economics. He worked as research assistant at the Institute of Industrial relations, University of California and is currently Professor Emeritus at Seikei University and Visiting Professor at GRIPS. He also, taught at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and worked at senior management posts at the United Nations, UNDP and other international organizations.

He served in Japan on several government advisory councils, board of trustees and directors of a number of research institutes, foundations and civil society organizations.



Ada Ocampo

Keynote Speaker for "Evaluation Evidence and What's Done to Influence National Policies and Actions"

Ms. Ada Ocampo proudly represents UNICEF on EvalPartners Management Group. She has been involved in the creation of EvalPartners since its inception. She is one of the founders of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and of the Latin America Evaluation Network (ReLAC).

She is a Senior Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF’s New York Headquarter Evaluation Office. She has worked in various agencies on national evaluation capacity development, networking and south- south cooperation in evaluation of the UN since 1996 namely IFAD, UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF in evaluation related activities.

Ms. Ada Ocampo strongly believes in the power of partnerships and EvalPartners’ role to position evaluation for a better world.



Mr. Marco Segone

Keynote Speaker for "Strengthening the evaluation communities for advancing peace, security and sustainable development"

Mr. Marco Segone is currently the Director of Evaluation Office, UNFPA. He served as the Chair of UNEG and as the Director of Evaluation at UN Women. His past experiences include overseeing the Decentralized evaluation function as well as the National evaluation capacity development portfolios at the UNICEF Evaluation Office. He convened and has been the Co-Chair of the EvalPartners since 2012 and the UNEG Task Force on National evaluation capacities since 2009. Previously, he was Regional Chief, Monitoring and Evaluation in the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), during which he represented UNICEF on the Board of Trustees of the International Programme Evaluation Network (IPEN). During his 21 years in international development, he worked in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, Uganda and Albania in integrated development projects.

In 1996, he joined UNICEF to work for the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; UNICEF Niger, where he founded and for two years coordinated the Niger M&E Network (ReNSE); UNICEF Brazil, where he was one of the founders and coordinator of the Brazilian Evaluation Network. In 2003, he was elected Vice-President of IOCE and was one of the founders of the Latin America and the Caribbean Network for Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization (RELAC). Segone also authored and/or edited several books and articles. In recognition of his contributions to the evaluation profession, he was awarded the 2012 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Practice Award by the American Evaluation Association.



Dr. Juha I. Uitto

Keynote Speaker for "Climate change and environmental sustainability's link with peace, security and development - what do results evaluations show?"

Juha I. Uitto started as Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility in September 2014. He came to the position from being the Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he worked as Evaluation Adviser in UNDP and as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator/Specialist with the GEF since 1999. He has conducted and managed a large number of programmatic and thematic evaluations of international cooperation at the global, regional and country levels, in particular related to environmental management and poverty-environment linkages. He served as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2014.

Dr. Uitto spent the 1990s with the United Nations University coordinating the university’s environment and sustainable development research and training programs. His earlier work included positions in the Nordic Africa Institute, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and as consultant in development cooperation. He has had visiting positions in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University; Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University; and the International Studies Program of the University of Montana, Missoula.

He was educated at the Universities of Helsinki and Lund, and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography. He has authored/edited several books and published more than 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to the environment, natural resources management, water, environmental hazards, and evaluation. His book Evaluating Environment in International Development was published by Routledge-Earthscan in May 2014. In October 2012, the European Evaluation Society awarded him for a “distinguished contribution to evaluation practice".



Mr. Ziad Moussa

Maestro Facilitator for the Town Hall Meeting @ Plenary

Mr. Ziad Moussa is a Co-char for Evalpartners and the former president of International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). He is a Senior Research Associate at the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit of the American University of Beirut and an internationally acknowledged evaluation practitioner.

He has over 20 years of experience in leading complex multi-country evaluations across the Global South in well over 40 countries and with almost every major donor on the circuit. He is credited for the Arabization of the reference book “Outcome Mapping: Building Reflection and Learning into Development Programs” as well as several publications on facilitation, evaluation and communication for development.

His recent work has been focused on evaluation of humanitarian work in conflict settings and resilience programmes in urban settings.



Dr. Masahiro Igarashi

Chair and Moderator for Sectors Panel Presentation and Discussion: “Connecting the dots: Food and Agriculture for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace – Evaluation in the SDG Era"”

Dr. Masahiro Igarashi is an evaluation expert with more than 25 years of experience in development evaluation, economic analysis, organizational reform and policy development, and result-based management. He is currently serving as the Director of the Office of Evaluation in FAO, and has led the reform process of FAO's evaluation function to enhance the quality of its evaluations and their utility to stakeholders. He also led the drafting of the 2016 UNEG Norms and Standards. Prior to this, as Evaluation Advisor at UNDP, he led a number of evaluations and the development of a programme evaluation methodology. Serving as the UNEG Executive Coordinator, he led the UNEG transformation that introduced the medium-term strategic planning, the budget system to finance the plan's activities, and the vice-chair system to ensure the accountability for the work on strategic objectives. He led the drafting of the UNEG Strategy 2014-2019 and the 2015 UNEG Principles of Working Together. Prior to this, he was Programme Management Officer and Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD, where he coordinated the organization's work programme, led the development of results-based management system, and conducted economic analyses. He was a founding member of UNEG, having actively participated in the drafting of the 2005 UNEG Norms and Standards and the 2007 Principles of Working Together, and worked in the number of task forces. He hosted two UNEG AGMs in Geneva and coordinated the preparation of UNEG AGM in New York. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Queen’s in Canada and a master’s degree in socio-economic planning from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.



Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez

Chair for Plenary Discussion for Thematic Session: Evaluation evidence and what's done to influence states' policies and actions

Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez is the Executive Director of 3ie. He comes to 3ie after 30 years at the World Bank Group where he provided technical expertise and strategic leadership in a number of research and operational positions. 

He was previously the director of public sector evaluations at the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. Prior to this position, he was responsible for the bank’s operational programme in human development in Asia. Before that, he served in its research department. He has published numerous monographs and scholarly articles in the fields of education, social protection, labour, health, urban development, public finance, environment and population. He also led the core team that prepared World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation and is editor of the journal, The World Bank Research Observer

Before joining the bank, Dr Jimenez was on the economics faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Population Growth.