Gana Pati Ojha
Ph D; Director & Past Chairman, Community of Evaluators – South Asia
Dr Ojha, a national of Nepal, has about 40 years’ experience in development in different capacities in several countries. Dr Ojha is a founder member, was a member in the Strategic Advisory Team and also served as founding Vice-President of Community of Evaluators - South Asia (COE-SA). He served as the COE-SA Chairman for three years from 2017 to 2020. For the last 20 years he has been actively involved in research and evaluation with state and non-state actors both as a team leader/sole evaluator and team member for over three dozen of projects/programmes. He has used different approaches of evaluation in his work including contribution analysis, appreciative inquiry, and value for money in addition to other common approaches to evaluation. He has also experience in developing M&E guidelines, promoting quality evaluation through knowledge generation in evaluation, evaluation capacity development, and organising international and national conclaves, workshops, network meetings, webinars and seminars. He is also experienced in managing evaluation organisations, creating enabling environment for evaluation by contributing to formation of evaluation policy framework, M&E Bill, motivating parliamentarians to be evaluation sensitive and helping for evaluation forums of parliamentarians. He has over three dozen of publications and was awarded an Award of Excellence by EvalPartners in 2015 for his outstanding work in evaluation.
Dr Ojha is the founder President of Imagine Nepal and Capital College and Research Centre as well as the President of the Association of Fellows, Students, Trainees and Residents of the International Rice Research Institute (AFSTRI) for 1997/98 in the Philippines. He was one of the key persons to establish Community of Evaluators-Nepal and served as its Chairperson from 2014 to 2017.
Dr Ojha is an Ambassador of the Energy Evaluation Pacific Asia, Mentor of the EvalYouth Global Mentoring Programme and an Adjunct Professor at the Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal.