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Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and impact Assessment, Center for International Forestry Research – World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF)

Dr Karl Hughes is an impact evaluation specialist with a strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and development background. In addition to his current interim role on ICRAF’s Senior Leadership Team, he leads ICRAF’s new Impact Acceleration and Learning (IAL) group. In this role, he supports efforts to facilitate and evidence the translation ICRAF’s research efforts into development impact; directly carries out impact evaluations and other related studies on agroforestry and related interventions; and supports monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes in selected projects.

Prior to joining ICRAF in 2014, Karl worked for the Asian Development Bank as a Senior Evaluation Specialist responsible for leading several high profile evaluations. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Oxfam GB’s Programme Effectiveness Team Leader. Here, he set up the organization’s Global Performance Framework and evaluated the impact of community development projects in 11 African and Asian countries. From 1998 to 2010, he was based in Africa and India in various M&E, managerial, and technical roles in the context of rural development programming. Karl obtained his PhD—focusing on impact evaluation methodology—from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London in 2012. He also holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (1998) from York University, Canada and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Philosophy (1994), from the University of British Columbia, Canada.


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    Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and impact Assessment, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)