Please join us for a day of discussion to elevate the practice of monitoring and promote improved cohesion between the monitoring, evaluation, and learning in international development.
Keith Brown | President | MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Ann Calvaresi Barr | Inspector General | USAID
Moderator: Lala Kasimova | MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Kathryn Rzeszut | Integrity
Sonia Moldovan | Mercy Corps
Travis Mayo | USAID/PPL
Moderator: Michelle Adams-Matson | MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Tim Shifflett | MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Johannes Hoogeveen | World Bank
Sloan Mann | Development Transformations
Josh Mandell | IBM
Larry Cooley | President Emeritus | MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Lala Kasimova is an M&E specialist in MSI’s Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis practice area with ten years of research experience. Ms. Kasimova has a strong background in research methods, reporting, and managing learning outcomes. Currently she serves as evaluation specialist for a large-scale final performance evaluation of the Office of Transition Initiatives’ 10-year program in Pakistan. She supported USAID’s largest M&E support contract for USAID/Pakistan under the Evaluations and Assessments and the Performance Monitoring and Learning units, managing a range of analytical assignments and third-party monitoring activities. Prior to this, she was engaged with the firm’s third-party monitoring efforts in Sudan as M&E Knowledge Manager; this role emphasized her skills in data collection, analysis, and client reporting to support learning and evidence-based decision-making in a conflict-sensitive environment. In 2016, MSI completed the Evaluation Utilization Study for USAID’s PPL Bureau, under which she supported the study team as both researcher and team manager. She supported various USAID Missions and USAID’s strategic planning and policy guidance efforts in a program management role for various support mechanisms between 2012 and 2016. Lala is fluent in Russian and German, and has conversational Azerbaijani and Arabic. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and is pursuing a master’s degree from The George Washington University.
Kathryn Rzeszut is a Senior Expert in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) who recently relocated to Integrity’s Washington, DC office after spending four years working on the Syria crisis response. As a conflict and stabilisation specialist, she focuses primarily on MEL in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). Between 2014-2019, she led Integrity’s Third-Party Monitoring of a multi-donor security & justice stabilisation programme in Syria. In 2017-18, she led ICAI’s Review of DFID’s Humanitarian Support in Syria. Prior to joining Integrity, she spent nearly four years as a Research Fellow at the University of York’s Post-war Reconstruction & Development Unit (PRDU) where she was responsible for the management and expert delivery of applied research projects and evaluations. This position provided her with broad cross-sectoral experience in thematic areas as varied as aid financing and effectiveness, disaster risk reduction, education in emergencies, gender, governance, and resilience. Kathryn has worked in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Turkey amongst other countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Africa. She holds a BA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in Post-war Recovery Studies from the University of York.
Sonia Moldovan is the Senior Technical Lead for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) at Mercy Corps. She is a development practitioner with more than a decade of experience implementing MEL systems, developing learning agendas and managing evaluations. At Mercy Corps Ms. Moldovan leads the MEL team, provides technical assistance to program teams, conducts annual learning workshops and contributes to thought leadership on resilience measurement and adaptive management. At RTI Ms. Moldovan developed the governance learning agenda, designed and led evaluations including a developmental evaluation for the Aspen Institute and impact evaluations in Uganda and Indonesia. Ms. Moldovan managed MEL teams for USAID and DFID-funded program in Afghanistan, South Sudan and the Sahel and trained teams on qualitative approached including outcome mapping and Most Significant Change. She holds a Master of Economic Development and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University.
Travis Mayo is an Evaluation Specialist with USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). Within PPL Travis specializes in the use of monitoring and evaluation to support adaptive management and organizational learning. He’s the Activity Manager for PPL’s Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM) contract. His past professional experiences include working for the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, USAID Global Health Bureau, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. He has an undergraduate degree from Penn State Univ. in Political Science and a graduate degree from George Washington Univ. Elliott School in International Development Studies.
Michelle Adams-Matson is a practice area lead for Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis (SEA). In this role, she provides leadership for 10 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) projects located around the globe and serves as the technical director for USAID’s largest MEL platform in Pakistan. She is passionate about using strategic planning and M&E to improve organizational impact and has worked with numerous organizations to institute effective common sense, and results-oriented management systems. She is a highly experienced and recognized strategic planning expert who has worked with the U.S. government, host country institutions and small local organizations to help them plan and implement programs in a rapidly evolving environment. She has integrated approaches that are designed to foster and strengthen self-reliance and sustainability in local communities and institutions. As a former senior program analyst for USAID, Michelle was responsible for country strategic planning and M&E for two regional bureaus. During that time, she chaired an Agency team to improve strategic planning systems and authored the first Agency-wide policies on strategic planning. Since then, she has designed, taught and facilitated training courses and workshops on strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and organizational development. She holds a master’s degree in international development and U.S. foreign policy from American University.
Johannes Hoogeveen is a lead economist in the poverty and equity practice of the World Bank. He prepared Systematic Country Diagnostic for Niger, Mali, Cameroon and the Central African republic and leads the Mali Development Policy Operations(DPO) series. His current research interest evolves around iterative (project) monitoring, particularly in fragile situations, and enhancing the ownership of productive assets by poor households.
Tim Shifflett leads MSI’s Client Solutions team focused on applying technology to tackle difficult problems for development projects in the areas of data collection, management and reporting. Tim specializes in mobile data collection, usually in conflict zones, and geospatial analysis. Prior to his work at MSI, Tim worked for a large non-profit international organization and in the geospatial imaging industry. He has a master’s degree in geographic and cartographic sciences and a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from George Mason University.
Sloan Mann co-founded Development Transformations in 2009, after having spent fifteen years working in the military and international development spaces. His unique civilian military background helped inform his broader vision that DT be an innovator that utilizes a holistic lens in training, program design, and implementation in the world’s most complex operating environments. As the President, Sloan oversees DT’s corporate strategy and operations at the home office in Washington D.C. and field offices abroad. A West Point graduate, Sloan served five years in the United State’s Army during which he conducted peacekeeping missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. He later went on to graduate with distinction from Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program. Recently, Sloan worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown where he taught a graduate-level course on war-to-peace transitions. In addition to his extensive overseas experience, Sloan has also provided expert commentary on post-conflict stability issues for a variety of news outlets including CNN, Fox News, and NPR. His work has also been published in journals including World Affairs, Small Wars, and the Journal of International Peace Operations. Sloan lives with his family in a timber frame home on a small piece of land in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. In his free time he runs with his dogs, competes in triathlons, and practices
Josh Mandell is a business executive on IBM’s GBS Foreign Affairs team. He leads GBS’s effort to partner with development institutions and apply IBM’s vast resources to solve global development challenges. Prior to IBM, Josh led strategy and business development for DevResults, a small technology company focused on data management and M&E software. Before DevResults, Josh was on the delivery side, where he focused on global education and training. He has an undergraduate degree in Middle East and African Studies from Trinity College, as well as an MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service.