Professor Benon BashekaProfessor of Governance and Public Administration at Kabale University in Uganda
Dr Bastiaan de LaatHead (acting) of In-depth Evaluation at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Ms. Muriel MaficoDeputy Representative at UNICEF South Africa Country Office
Jackson Mthembu, MPMinister in The Presidency
Silvia Salinas MulderSenior Consultant, Researcher and Evaluator in the Social Development Sector
Dr Shylock MuyengwaPresident of the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association
Prof Patricia Rogers (Virtual Address)Director of BetterEvaluation
Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas (Virtual Address)CEO/CFO EnCompass LLC
Professor Benon Basheka
Benon Basheka is a Professor of Governance and Public Administration at Kabale University in Uganda. He is also a visiting Professor and Research fellow at the School of Public Governance and Administration at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Professor Basheka is an accomplished scholar, researcher, teacher, management, administration, governance and leadership specialist and consultant. He has authored more than 80 articles in internationally accredited journals, more than 15 books and book chapters and a number of reports and conference proceedings.
Prof Basheka has a multidisciplinary academic background with two PhDs, two Master’s Degrees, two postgraduate Diplomas and One Bachelor’s Degree.
In the consulting and advisory services realm, Prof Basheka has been a team leader and evaluation specialist for more than 40 high level consultancy assignments for Government, national and international organizations as well as the Civil Society Organizations. He has consulted for leading organizations like the World Bank, DFID, GIZ, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP.
Dr Bastiaan de Laat
Bastiaan de Laat is Head (acting) of In-depth Evaluation at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in charge of the evaluation of the OECD Committees. Prior to this he was Evaluation Expert and Team Leader at the European Investment Bank (EIB) where he led major evaluations concerning important topics such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), Climate Action, intermediated SME lending and EIB Technical Assistance outside the European Union. He has longstanding experience in evaluation and in foresight.
He has developed tools and performed programme, policy and regulatory evaluations, both ex-ante and ex-post, in a variety of fields. He has also made several academic contributions, most recently with articles on evaluation use and on the “Tricky Triangle”, regarding the relationships between evaluator, evaluation commissioner and evaluand.
In parallel to his regular job, Bastiaan is President of the European Evaluation Society (EES), 2018-19, prior to which he occupied the position of Vice-President (2016-18).
Ms. Muriel Mafico
Muriel Mafico is the Deputy Representative at UNICEF South Africa Country Office. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing leadership for overall programme management, coordination and supporting strategic partnership and alliance building.
She has over 25 years’ experience in development work from diverse programming development contexts in Southern Africa and the Caribbean region.
Prior to joining UNICEF South Africa Office in October 2019, she served as UNICEF Deputy Representative for the UNICEF Multi-Country Programme for the Eastern Caribbean Area covering 12 countries and UK Overseas Territories and UNICEF Eswatini. Between 2001 and 2008, she worked for UNICEF Zimbabwe as Head of Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. Before her career with UNICEF, Ms Mafico worked as National Coordinator of the Poverty Reduction Forum at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe.
Ms Mafico holds a Master of Development Management and a Bachelor of Arts.
Jackson Mthembu, MP
Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu has always been an anti-apartheid activist who was part of the liberation struggle.
After the first democratic elections in 1994, he was part of the first ANC Members of Parliament contingent deployed in the then Senate (now NCOP), where he contributed to the crafting of our democratic Constitution in the Constituent Assembly then under the able leadership of Honourable CR Ramaphosa, MP, the current President of the Republic.
He was later appointed as MEC in Mpumalanga Province for Public Works, Roads and Transport .e served as the Chief Whip of the ANC in the National Assembly from 2016 up to the end of the 5th term of parliament in 2019. After the 2019 national and general elections he was appointed as the Minister in the Presidency.
Silvia Salinas Mulder
Silvia Salinas Mulder has 28 years of experience as senior consultant, researcher and evaluator in the social development sector, linked to international cooperation, governmental and civil society organisations. Recognised for her specialised though systemic and creative approaches to key poverty, development and exclusion topics, like gender, violence, rights, sexual and reproductive health, aging and adolescents. Advocator and facilitator of transformative planning, management and evaluation approaches (e.g. Theories of Change).
She has lead and participated in complex international evaluations. Particularly interested in power issues, ethics, gender and intercultural relations, as well as a competencies approach to integrally define a good evaluator in the context of the SDGs and the “to leave no one behind” mandate.
Dr Shylock Muyengwa
Dr. Shylock Muyengwa has more than 10 years of relevant experience with rigorous quantitative research design and analysis/evaluation, survey design, as well as a breadth of experience in Zimbabwe’s agriculture, food security, youth employment and empowerment and livelihoods sectors. Some of these skill sets include survey design and implementation, participatory methodologies, structured interviews, and focus group facilitation.
Dr. Muyengwa has a great deal of applied evaluation experience and has served as the fieldwork coordinator for Social Impact’s randomized control trial for USAID’s Conflict Management and Mitigation EDGE-IRC evaluation and applied propensity score matching to assess the impact of beekeeping on sustainable forestry management. Dr Muyengwa currently serves as the President of the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association and provides technical support to government in the formulation of national policies on evaluation and M&E support to various local and international organizations.
Prof Patricia Rogers (Virtual Address)
Patricia Rogers is Director of BetterEvaluation, an international collaboration to improve evaluation by creating and sharing information about how to choose and use evaluation methods and processes, and Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at RMIT University, Australia.
She has more than 30 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation in the public sector and with non-government organizations in a wide range of programs (including international development, early childhood, education, community development, Indigenous housing, criminal justice, and agriculture), and levels of government (national, state and local) within South Africa and internationally.
Her work is driven by the promise of good evaluation and the threat of the consequences of bad evaluation.
Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas (Virtual Address)
Tessie Catsambas is the founder and CEO/CFO of EnCompass LLC, a 19-year-old organization that provides services internationally in evaluation, learning and leadership development. Ms. Catsambas is the President of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of the EvalPartners Award 2015 for her international advocacy for evaluation.
She frequently speaks about how evaluation helps organizations live values strategically and effectively. Ms. Catsambas is an innovator and practitioner in appreciative evaluation and has co-authored a book entitled, Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry advocating for the systematic study of success in evaluation. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.