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Senior Evaluation Officer

Chitra Deshpande

Chitra Deshpande is a Senior Evaluation Officer in IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation.

Ms Deshpande has over twenty years' work experience which spans both the private and public sectors with a strong background in agriculture and rural development. Most recently she served as the Special Adviser to the Vice-President of IFAD.

Prior to joining IFAD's management team, Ms Deshpande worked at FAO as a Strategy and Planning Officer in the Office of Strategy, Planning and Resource Management. At FAO, she worked with the corporate results-based management team to develop Action Plans as well as a monitoring and reporting system for FAO’s Strategic Framework. During her ten years tenure at IFAD, Ms Deshpande also served as Portfolio Adviser and Operational Policy Economist in the Asia and Pacific Division (APR) and as Programme Officer of Quality Assurance in the Office of the President and Vice-President (OPV).

She is a gender and development expert with experience working for FAO, the World Bank and WFP - most notably on the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook. She has also worked closely with large multinational companies in developing growth and efficiency strategies as a management consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York. Ms Deshpande received her DPhil in Geography and MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University. She received an MA in Food Research (International Development Policy) and BA in History from Stanford University.