Sonal Zaveri

Sonal Zaveri

Ph D; Vice Chairman, Community of Evaluators – South Asia

Dr Zaveri is a national of India with over 25 years’ experience in strategic planning, programme design, research and evaluation at national and regional levels, involving a number of countries. She is a founder Member of CoE South Asia. She has worked in more than 25 countries in Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe. She writes, trains and presents on issues of rights, participation, and gender and works extensively with utilization focused evaluation, feminist evaluation and participatory, empowerment, and transformative approaches. Her recent publications reflect this interest. Her sector expertise is varied - in early childhood development, inclusive and participatory education, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, life skills, social protection, information/ communication technology for development and organizational development.

Previously, she has worked in the academia; she also has extensive work experience with government, non-government organizations, INGOs, foundations, the UN and multilaterals. She was an advisor to the feminist evaluators’ network She was the Technical Coordinator for the HIV/AIDS Project Support Unit in Gujarat State, India, a consultant for the National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India; Programme Specialist with a national level NGO and Research Director for the Centre for Research and Development in India. She is a Fleishman Fellow, Duke University, USA.

Sonal is currently an independent consultant, the International Advisor with the Child-to-Child Trust in London and affiliated with the Training Support Facility of UNAIDS in South Asia. She is a member of the EvalGender+ global management group and a co-chair of the Tools and Approaches task group for gender sensitive and equity responsive evaluation.