Monica Lomena-Gelis

Mònica Lomeña-Gelis joined IDEV in February 2017. She is an environmentalist and evaluator with more than twelve years of professional experience in international development and development effectiveness in Latin America and Africa. She worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the West and Central Africa Regional Office of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Dakar (2010-2014) and as a Research Fellow at the Independent Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) in Washington DC (2007-2010). She has also done evaluation consultancies for the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome (2016) and coordinated development projects in the Sahel for the United Nations Convention to combat desertification (UNCCD) (2015-2016). She has facilitated different short evaluation courses to Master's students, NGO staff, researchers, development program managers in Europe, Latin America and West Africa. She has also been directly engaged in the agenda to develop National Evaluation Capacities through volunteer work in capacity development and knowledge management with the Association Sénégalaise d’Évaluation (SenEval). Previously, she worked in the NGO sector in Bolivia (2002-2005) and in the environmental private sector in Spain (2000-2002). Monica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, 2001) and a Masters in Environment and International Development (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, 2006). She finished her PhD thesis on “Meta-evaluation of Sustainable Land Management Initiatives in Senegal” with the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain) in 2015.