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Become an EEAP Evaluation Ambassador
Evaluation Ambassadors are advocates of evaluation and principal contact points for evaluation in specific countries. They will share information about Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific with their colleagues and could be the core of a future conference planning committee. They will also work with individuals from international organizations who support evaluation in Asia.
Responsibilities of Ambassadors
Being an Ambassador is a win/win proposition for individuals personally and professionally. Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific offers high level/value resources to the evaluation community at no charge. By being an Ambassador, individuals are part of a team of evaluation advocates that people can contact for more information. Ambassadors would help to build the evaluation community in Asia by:
- Suggesting and helping to organise events and webinars that would help to develop evaluation capacity in their country.
- Participate on the Planning Committee for the next Asia Evaluation Conference (2019)
- Helping Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific to reach out to evaluators who would benefit from joining the community
- Raising awareness of the Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific website and the knowledge base available through Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific.
Being an Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific Evaluation Ambassador would bring networking opportunities and professional recognition and you would be able to attend Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific events free of charge.
If you are interested in participating as an Evaluation Ambassador, please contact: Edward Vine
Angelica would like to contribute to the improvement the theory, practice, understanding and utilisation of evaluation and its contribution to public knowledge and to promote cross-sector and cross-disciplinary dialogue and debate.
Angelica Austin is currently an Associate of Delta Pearl Partners, an economics consulting firm in Australia. She has spent the last twenty years evaluating energy policy in Australia and the Asia Pacific for both the public and private sectors. She has worked for the Office of Environment and Heritage in NSW as a senior economist assisting with the energy efficiency programs evaluation.
Angelica has worked overseas on energy and climate change security for an NGO, the East West Institute. She also worked in the International Energy section at the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics. Angelica worked for the Queensland Resources Council as an economic adviser on energy and climate change policy.
Effective evaluation will lead to many opportunities in the private and public sectors in the design, implementation and evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies. Angelica would like to contribute to the improvement the theory, practice, understanding and utilisation of evaluation and its contribution to public knowledge and to promote cross-sector and cross-disciplinary dialogue and debate.
His recent interests include evaluating and analysing sustainable energy development from a whole-of-market perspective, looking into dynamics at both supply and demand sides, and interactions between the incumbent and disruptive forces.
Charles Xu has been developing and implementing sustainable energy evaluation tasks for 10 years. He has managed the implementation of arguably the first formal Evaluation Measurement & Verification (EM&V) program for energy efficiency programs in the Australian public sector. It involved large data samples, scientifically rigours analysis and control groups.
Charles believes science-based energy evaluation plays a unique role in informing policy, supporting a sustainable transformation of our energy system, and facilitating a most economically efficient and socially equitable transit of our society into a clean energy future.
Dipal Chandra Barua
Dipal Chandra Barua
I am interested in this area of energy evaluation because of the opportunities for improving the quality of life in the society to build inclusive communities and resilience in the societies. It also helps me to get new ideas and information from different experienced individuals and organizations in this sector.
Dipal Chandra Barua is a pioneer of solar energy in Bangladesh: he is the Founder and Chairman of the Bright Green Energy Foundation and the Former Deputy Managing Director and Co-Founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Mr. Barua has dedicated 35 years for building the Grameen bank. In 1996, he successfully started expanding the renewable energy technology in rural Bangladesh as the Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti. He has designed a monthly installment-based financial model at the price of kerosene which has made the Solar Home System affordable for the rural people of Bangladesh, and by following the path Bangladesh has already installed over 5 million Solar Home System in the off grid areas of Bangladesh which is the largest solar program in the world. He has shown that Solar PV technology can be successfully implemented on a mass scale to provide rural people with climate friendly energy, light, income and health. For his innovation and commitment to alternative energy Mr. Barua was awarded the First Zayed Future Energy Prize 2009 from Abu Dhabi, UAE as the first winner of the Prize since its introduction by Abu Dhabi Government, UAE.
Mr. Barua is actively involved in research publication and advocacy to develop and disseminate best practices in the international arena for pro poor finance and energy policy. He also has wide experience in providing advice and consultancy to develop renewable energy technology programs all over the world. Mr. Barua is also a Member of the Steering Committee by Asian Development Bank (ADB) for selecting New Energy Leaders for Asia Pacific region. The New Energy Leaders program brings young clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators from across Asia. It aims to showcase and promote the next generation of entrepreneurs that are shaping the future of the clean energy sector in Asia and Pacific region.
Mr. Barua is active in promoting the involvement of women in renewable energy technologies. He designed and developed village-based Green Technology Centers – an innovative model to create women entrepreneurs in green energy. Approximately 50 centers have been set up in rural areas to train 3,000 young women, many from disadvantaged families, to assemble, promote and repair solar systems.
Mr. Barua is also involved as a principal organizer of a campaign “Responsible use of Electricity” in Bangladesh, so that Bangladesh can reduce the use of fossil fuel-based energy and increase the use of renewable energy in the country. This is another way to create awareness about energy consumption and create a sustainable future.
Care for the world we live in? Or dig graves in oblivion. We are all very much part and parcel of humankind and the entire life system in this best part of the universe called “Earth”. Each and every one must care and do the share no matter how small.
Karma Namgyel comes from Bhutan, and he takes environment and nature seriously and know what it is to Bhutan and the world. Energy efficiency is one of the best ways to move forward responsibly in this age of Climate Change. He is very interested in areas of green, sustainable technologies and energy efficiency in buildings, and he is currently initiating and promoting such importance in Bhutan.
“It is a noble responsibility to pursue and I hope to learn more with every step and experience, and give the best possible back to our society and the world. JOIN HANDS TO MAKE ALL POSSIBLE.”
Independent program evaluation is essential to objectively measure energy savings and improve programs and their impact.
Marie Couture-Roy is the Program Evaluation Director at Econoler, an international consulting firm with 35 years of experience in the design, implementation, evaluation and financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects. She has extensive experience in the energy efficiency sector and more specifically in the evaluation of energy management programs both in Canada and abroad. Marie has participated in the evaluation of numerous energy efficiency programs in most provinces around Canada, as well as on the international market (Mexico and Chile), to measure energy impacts and help improve processes, among other.
With the ultimate goals of shifting the market toward more EE technologies and transforming behaviors, ratepayer-funded programs represent one of the most successful and cost-effective solutions to reducing energy usage and fighting climate change. Achieving these objectives requires regular program evaluations to continuously improve impacts on the market and ensure programs are on track to cost-effectively achieving long-term objectives.
Jialing Hong is the Consultant of China Cooling Efficiency Project initiated by Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and the Energy Foundation
Jialing has worked at Energy Foundation China for 8 years focusing on industry energy efficiency, and appliance energy efficiency and labels. Her experience includes policy research and analysis, program design, implementation and evaluation, grant making, project management, and developing relationships with donors, business enterprises, research institutes and other stakeholders.
Jialing holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University, a master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology Beijing and a B.S. in Inorganic and Nonmetal Material from University of Science and Technology Beijing.
Without effective energy evaluation, the world will not manage to attain the Sustainable Development Goal of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency which should reach a global average of 2.7% per year in the period 2015–2030. Cities and local communities will play an increasing role in supporting this higher energy efficiency goal.
Steivan Defilla is a visiting Professor at the School of Architecture in Tianjin University. He has been the Assistant President of the APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC) since 2018. He is the lead author of a recent report on the topic “APEC Sustainable Urban Development Annual Report – From Models to Results.” At APSEC, he will focus on empowering cities to do results-oriented monitoring of the key Sustainable Development Goals related to energy, CO2 emissions and disaster risk reduction.
He is the former Director of the Energy Charter (2010-2016), an intergovernmental energy organization with 50 Member states, headquartered in Brussels. He managed the expansion of the Energy Charter to include 30 new observer states, among them China, who all signed the International Energy Charter declaration in May 2015 in an ad hoc Ministerial conference in The Hague, The Netherlands. He also supervised or co-authored 26 studies and analyses and 2 books on energy-related subjects.
As Senior Energy Advisor to the Swiss Economics Minister (1999-2010), he contributed to the reform of the Swiss electricity sector, the Swiss infrastructure strategy and the Swiss foreign energy policy. He wrote a book and co-authored 13 articles in English, German, French and Russian languages. He also attended Governing Board meetings of the IEA and co-chaired multilateral negotiations at the Energy Charter.
Steivan holds a Master degree in Statistics and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He also holds a Postgraduate degree on Energy from the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Lausanne.
Charles MichaelisBOARD MEMBER
With good evaluation, in 10 years the world has a better chance to meet the Paris goals and be well below 2 degrees warmer.
I have 25 years experience of evaluating energy policies and am a board member of Energy Evaluation.
I am from the UK and have experience of working in China and South-East Asia, I bring 25 years experience of evaluation of policies relating to energy efficiency and security, renewable energy and climate finance.
Evaluation is critical to develop good policies that achieve social and environmental goals. I am particularly interested in sustainable development, climate finance and evaluation methods.
Many countries in Asia Pacific are at an early stage of developing their policies to meet carbon reduction targets. Effective evaluation will help them to get it right first time. Good evaluation of energy policy will help to reduce carbon emissions and other pollution, improving people’s lives and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Fiji and Pacific Islands Countries and Territories
With good evaluation, in 10 years we would have learned what is working, what is not working and why and develop better systems to manage and advance renewable energy.
Monica Wabuke is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) specialist with more than 10 years’ experience leading and conducting thematic evaluations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Currently, She is a MEL Team Leader and Advisor for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division within the Pacific Community Secretariat (SPC) based in Fiji Islands. One of her roles is to commission and conduct evaluations for the Energy Programme within the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTS).
Evaluation helps us take a step back and make sense of our results and through an iterative process, help us learn in order to improve programming. For this to happen, evaluation has to be seen holistically within the project management cycle and not as an end of project piece of work.
Embedding learning within our evaluation initiatives helps us be aware of our work, what results we are achieving or not and jolt us to improve our interventions based on evidence.
Hong Kong, China
The ever-growing demand of energy and the global climate change underscore the urgency of developing clean and renewable energy solutions to replace fossil fuels. Meanwhile, it is also important to monitor and evaluate how well the energy is utilized.
Zhao Xu’s research interests include demand side, grid integration of wind and solar power, electricity market planning and management, and AI applications.
He received his Bachelors in Engineering degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1996, his Masters in Engineering degree from National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld, Australia, in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor with the Centre for Electric Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. Since 2010, he has been with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, where he is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Leader of Smart Grid Research Area (http://www.mypolyuweb.hk/eezhaoxu/). He is also a Foreign Associate Staff of Centre for Electric Technology, Technical University of Denmark.
He is an Editor of the Electric Power Components and Systems, the IEEE PES POWER ENGINEERING LETTER, and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID. He is currently the Chairman of IEEE PES/IES/PELS/IAS Joint Chapter in Hong Kong Section.
Dr Walia brings an extensive experience of developing program strategies as well as design, implementation and management of initiatives for policy formulation and analysis, market transformation, and institutional and capacity building.
Dr. Archana Walia is a practicing development professional with over twenty-four years of core experience of working on issues across the sectors ranging from climate change; clean energy, energy efficiency, urban development, water management and integrated resource management.
She has served in several leadership position as a country director, deputy office director, senior climate change advisor and a team leader with demonstrable experience to lead teams of professionals and administrative staff, planning strategies and programs, managing the portfolio for results, planning budgets and financial management.
Serving as the Director of India program at CLASP, she provides leadership, management, and strategic direction to all program activities to ensure the efficient use of resources and achievement of results. She oversees strategies and activities for India’s participation in the Global programs such as Superefficient Appliance and Deployment program (SEAD) under the Clean Energy Ministerial as well as actively develops business development strategies.
Archana served as the deputy director of the Office of Clean Energy and Environment at USAID/India. In this capacity, she served as the senior energy and climate change advisor at USAID providing intellectual leadership, advisory and analytical inputs in the development of climate change program strategies including clean energy, sustainable landscape and water. Her experience ranges from developing program strategies and analyzing the financial, economic, institutional, technological and environmental costs and benefits of various regulatory, policy and technological changes especially relating to clean energy and energy efficiency. Prior to this, Archana worked with the Department for International Development (DFID), UK bilateral agency for over four years managing the first ever Power Sector Reform Program in India in the state of Orissa. She worked with the British Council division as Project officer for three years administering and managing projects and training program in the field of Natural Resources and Environment.
"Ms. Naman Gupta is working as the State Team Leader for UK-India Climate Change Innovation Program-Action on Climate Today
Action on Climate Today supports implementation of the State Action Plan on Climate Change in Maharashtra – one of the most industrialized States in India. The Programme aims to mainstream climate change in the budgeting and planning process of the State. She is responsible for overall management and evaluation of programme activities in Maharashtra.
Naman has over eighteen years of experience of working in the sectors like; climate change, renewable energy, energy conservation, natural resources management and sustainable development. She worked in various capacities with several renowned organisations such as; British High Commission, German Technical Cooperation (now GIZ), Centre for Environment Education, Ecosecurities Group and Ernst & Young. With these organisations, her work focused on Stakeholders Engagement with Senior Government Officials, Corporates, Think Tanks & Professionals, for Policy development, Programme Management, Climate Finance Project Development, Knowledge Management and Capacity Development in the space of energy and climate change.
In her role as the Senior Advisor- Energy and Climate Change at the British High Commission in India, she was responsible for managing and evaluating the projects funded by the UK Government in the field of renewable energy, climate change and low carbon growth development. She was part of the team that worked for designing of key programmes and policies like; Perform, Achieve and Trade Scheme for energy conservation, Net Metering Policy, Carbon Index development etc. She received an Award for ‘Women Empowerment and Climate Change’ during 6th Global Economic Summit, 2017.
Evaluation is crucial so that energy development activities can be directed to achieve their target.
Rislima Sitompul has been working as a senior researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), with over 20 years of experience in solutions-driven technical research, project leading, and team management. Her research focuses on energy policy, renewable energy studies, energy related CO2 emissions, and the application of appropriate technologies for community development.She has a number of experiences researching and evaluating various industries within Indonesia, and has a firm understanding of the local contexts in which she works. Rislima has conducted research and evaluation on energy financing, reforestation and bio-energy, and promoting regional innovation in Indonesia. She has also experienced working with the World Bank, the Danish Government, the UN Development Program, USAID and the Asian and Pacific Development Centre, mostly on renewable energy issues.
The use of renewable energy has been an important issue in Indonesia’s energy policy as part of the government policy to reduce the use of fossil fuel and also as an effective tool to reduce GHG emissions. A number of policies on renewable energy that have been enacted recently have shown significant increase in renewable energy use, reaching about 12.52 percent in 2017. However, Indonesia aims to achieve the target of 23% renewable energy use by 2025 and 31% by 2050. There are still a lot of efforts that should be done to achieve these target within the remaining few years. Evaluation is crucial in this effort so that any energy development activities can be directed to achieve the target. Evaluation is also important in gaining sustainability of energy development.
Rislima is glad to become a member of the EEAP ambassador team and being able to use her expertise and skill to contribute on making a successful team work on energy evaluation.
Friga Siera Ragina
Friga Siera Ragina
She always dreams to have a business or project which works on the enhancement of renewables and energy efficiency, particularly in improving the knowledge and the achievable technology for a community to achieve the SDG's goals.
Friga Siera Ragina is currently working as a researcher at Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE), an institution that works on energy studies and public outreach as its two mainstream scopes of work. She joined IIEE in 2013, and her experience in both areas has shaped her knowledge to formulate a scheme on how to balance regulation with implementation in the energy sector.
In the research field, she has conducted a range of studies, such as an inventory of electricity subsidies in Indonesia, non-geological determinants of unconventional gas production in East Asia, renewable energy for the Indonesian Archipelago, and renewable energy potentials in Amfoang Tengah (a district in East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia). She also has provided technical assistance to North Maluku and Central Kalimantan provinces in preparing their provincial energy planning.
In the public outreach area, she has been involved in the capacity building of district government officials of Amfoang Tengah District regarding procedures to access the “Funds For Village” program for the allocated renewable energy fund. Moreover, she was also involved in the program of “Economic Improvement with Inclusive Community Empowerment Through Renewable Energy-based Center of Knowledge (CoK)”, located in West Sumatera Province, Village of Lubuk Gadang Selatan, Wonorejo Sub-village. The program was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation through Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia in 2016-2018. As the Knowledge Management Manager, she prepared knowledge products on micro hydro management for the local community, and she helped the public outreach program to enhance energy efficiency awareness for students. Currently, she is working on redesigning the program for educating elementary and junior high school students on energy effeiciency in Jakarta city.
Friga Siera obtained her bachelor degree in Technology of Agricultural Industry at Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) in 2003. She recently completed a short training course “Empowering Women as Managers of the Renewable Energy Sector” facilitated by Renewables Academy (RENAC), APEC, Nedworc Foundation and SD Strategies.
With the help of utilization of the evaluation findings and recommendations, the best outcomes in realization of SDGs will be achieved. Moreover, good evaluation will lead to an efficient power industry with a further gradual transition to widespread use of green energy by 2030.
Ms. Asanova is currently a project coordinator in the private sector. She started her career as a lawyer with the State Department on Land Management and registration of Rights on Real Estate in the Kyrgyz Republic. She provided consultancy services in energy efficiency and waste management projects in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2016, and was involved as an expert in water management project in Kyrgyz Republic in 2018.
Ms. Asanova is interested in Climate Change, Monitoring and Evaluation of projects. She has completed courses in Monitoring and Evaluation, and, in 2017, she completed an e-learning course, “National Evaluation Capacity Development for Country-led Monitoring & Evaluation Systems,” organized by EvalPartners.
In her view, evaluation and adjustment should be applicable not only in a project cycle but also on policies and strategic measures, so that outcomes of joint efforts on national, regional and international levels could be coordinated and rapidly moved in the right direction. She is particularly interested in decreasing GHG emissions from the fossil-fuel combined heat and power plants by using various methods such as improving fossil fuel technologies at the production stage as well as ensuring effective distribution and rational consumption of heat and power through the installation of customized heat supply stations. She notes that developing countries in Central Asia are not industrialized, but are on the beginning of their path to the renewable resources. In this regard, the balance of interests among communities, governments and businesses at all levels is crucial for achieving common goals together for the greater good of lives, species and our planet Earth.
Phomma has worked as a project manager, advisor and procurement specialist, while successfully acting as a link between project stakeholders and providing trainings on a variety of issues required for success in these projects.
Somphanh Phomma has more than 20 years working experience on different development projects in Lao PDR. He has studied in Thailand and Laos, having a M.Sc. in Social Science for Development (Thailand) and B.A. in English Language and Literature (Laos).
His project experience includes Lao Evaluation Network, Sustainable Forest Management (SUFORD), ICT capacity building for forest governance (ICT for FLEG), training for socio-economic data collection and analysis in ADB project (ADB RETA), agricultural development (WB), but also hydropower and land titling projects. In these projects, He has worked as a project manager, advisor and procurement specialist, while successfully acting as a link between project stakeholders and providing trainings on a variety of issues required for success in these projects.
Environmental issues have always been close to my heart.
Currently, Sarah Sharuddin is an affiliate with the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) in Malaysia and has been involved in energy efficiency programs and workshops for Malaysia since 2017. Started her career with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) in 2014 and has been involved in assisting policy making for the ministry particularly on oceanography issues.
She was a National Science Fellowship receiver majoring in Marine Science while in tertiary education. Environmental issues have always been close to her heart. Sarah was involved with a few NGOs like WWF and Save Our Seahorses (SOS) Foundation during her university days.
Evaluation makes it easier for everyone to work together to give greater impact to the world.
Jagathisvaran Ramachandran has been Involved in policy making since 2008 in the Malaysian Civil Service. From Women Empowerment and healthcare training management, he is currently in energy trust fund management making progress in evaluating projects pertaining to electricity supply industries.
Evaluation will be able to help us to determine whether energy efficiency programs are working, and if not effective, how we can improve them to make them better for our communities and environment.
By evaluation, we will be able to have a systematic approach and method into the value of achieving the goal of improving outcomes for whole community and in particularly energy sector.
Jagathisvaran believes that implementation of evaluation in every programs and projects will help to improve efficiency and the best outcome can be seen especially in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Juan Ignacio Navarrete
Juan Ignacio Navarrete
Ignacio is interested in sharing experiences in evaluation and the application of new methodologies: not only help to quantify impacts of energy efficiency policies and their potential energy savings, but also their multiple co-benefits.
Juan Ignacio Navarrete is currently Deputy General Director of Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs in the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) of Mexico since 2013. His career in the Mexican energy sector has always been linked to the statistical analysis of energy demand and forecasting exercises for modeling the consumption and supply of energy in my country in the last 16 years.
In Conuee, Ignacio was invited to develop for the first time an area of statistics, evaluation and modeling of the impacts of the energy efficiency policies in Mexico. This challenge meant from the integration of a small team, gathering a data collection in more than 33 public and private institutions to develop a database online of energy efficiency indicators in different sectors such as macroeconomic, energy, transport, industry, commercial-services, residential and agriculture. This task produced more than 150 energy efficiency indicators and a set of online tools that allow to evaluate the progress of energy efficiency in the country since 1990.
Similarly, the work of the last 5 years involved a bilateral agreement with France, in particular with AFD, ADEME and ENERDATA. As a result of this international cooperation, we could write a national energy efficiency report in 2018 and was developed for ECLAC of the UN. This report shows the progress of energy efficiency policies in the last 20 years in Mexico.
Recently, he has been analyzing this information and using it to assess the positive impacts as co-benefits by the energy efficiency policies in the Mexican households, as policy for overcome energy poverty in Mexico.
On the other hand, those achievements in the national statistics and evaluation were sufficient and fundamental to overcome the evaluation of Mexico’s accession process to the International Energy Agency, and they were was useful to develop the demand restriction program for oil products in an emergency during the same evaluation; as a result, Mexico was accepted in the accession as the 30th member.
Ram Chandra Khanal
Ram Chandra Khanal
Clean Energy is vital for human development. It can also significantly support to minimize negative impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. Credible evaluation of energy sector can be an effective tool to achieve these common goals of human beings.
Ram Chandra Khanal has been working in evaluation and management of projects and programs related to natural resources, energy and climate change for last two decades in South Asia. He is associated with the Centre for Energy Studies, Tribhuvan University in Nepal and has carried out several research studies on the nexus of renewable energy, water, food and climate change. He has also conducted evaluations of renewable energy related projects/programs.
He is currently serving as a president of Community of Evaluators in Nepal (CoE – Nepal) and has been contributing in strengthening national evaluation systems while working with National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal.
Gana Pati Ojha
Gana Pati Ojha
Energy is a powerful engine for overall development of people and place. Evidence-based information coming from the credible evaluation is important for making policy decisions around sustainable production and consumption of energy.
Dr. Gana Pati Ojha, a national of Nepal, has about 30 years’ experience in development in different capacities in several countries. For the last 20 years he has been actively involved in research and evaluation with state and non-state actors as a team leader. 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 also has experience in developing M&E guidelines, promoting quality evaluation through knowledge generation in evaluation, evaluation capacity development, and organizing international and national conclaves, workshops, network meetings and seminars. He is also experienced in managing evaluation organizations, and creating enabling environments for evaluation by contributing to the formation of evaluation policy framework, a M&E Bill, motivating parliamentarians to be evaluation sensitive and helping organize evaluation forums of parliamentarians. He has over three dozen publications and was awarded an Award of Excellence by EvalPartners in 2015 for his outstanding work in evaluation.
Dr. Ojha is the Founder and 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 the Community of Evaluators-Nepal and served as its Chairperson from 2014 to 2017.
Dr. Ojha is on the Board of Trustees of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), and he is a member of the Management Group of EvalPartners, a global Network for the promotion of Volunteer Organizations for Professional Evaluation. He is also serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal.
Evaluators and policy makers need to work together to grow the evidence base.
I have been working in the energy efficiency and climate change policy field for 10 years, both at the international level (within the International Energy Agency) and the national level (in the New Zealand government). We urgently need to progress the energy transition, and, as a social scientist, I believe that step-change solutions can be found by drawing on social science perspectives which enable us to understand the role of energy-users in the system, and the wider socio-technical context that energy systems operate within.
Unique social norms and values, practices and identities give rise to an infinite array of different “energy cultures”, and our energy culture has a profound effect on the way we use energy, the way we respond to energy policy and to messages about sustainability and climate change. Through adaptive listening and robust and inclusive evaluation we can start to decipher these cultural influences, to understand what works and what doesn’t and how to do the job better.
What’s more, energy policies are having multiple benefits/ impacts across societies and economies that are often missed from traditional, KwH-focused policy assessment. As a result, we are undervaluing the role that energy and climate projects have in bringing about wider changes in society and improving quality of living across the board.
Awareness of this missed opportunity is growing fast, and evaluators and policy makers need to work together to grow the evidence base and our methodologies for doing so in innovative ways. Increased collaboration and international knowledge sharing is critical to this, especially in smaller countries of the Asia Pacific region, like New Zealand, and networks like IEPPEC and EEAP are where the action happens.
Let us all work together for an earth friendly energy by harvesting the wind, water and sun for our needs.
Hur has 15 years of experience in designing and conducting evaluations in and around fragility, conflict and violence. He has lived and worked in some of the worst contexts in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Hur has designed, commissioned and conducted research and evaluations for projects funded by the UN agencies, European Commission, private donors and governments of the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands and Norway. Hur is an expert in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, participatory and theory-based evaluation approaches and has developed innovative tools that have been used on the face of the conflict and presented internationally.
He is an elected Board Member at the International Development Evaluation Association [IDEAS]. At IDEAS, Hur convenes the Thematic Interest Group on Evaluations in Fragility, Conflict and Violence [EvalFCV]. Hur has 15 years of experience in designing and conducting evaluations in and around fragility, conflict and violence. He has lived and worked in some of the worst contexts in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Hur has designed, commissioned and conducted research and evaluations for projects funded by the UN agencies, European Commission, private donors and governments of the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands and Norway. Hur is an expert in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, participatory and theory-based evaluation approaches and has developed innovative tools that have been used on the face of the conflict and presented internationally.
He is an elected Board Member at the International Development Evaluation Association [IDEAS]. At IDEAS, Hur convenes the Thematic Interest Group on Evaluations in Fragility, Conflict and Violence [EvalFCV].
Papua New Guinea
Bruce Hoga is the Manager of System Loss Management at PNG Power Limited.
Bruce Hoga is the Manager of System Loss Management at PNG Power Limited. His main responsibilities are to design, develop and implement programs and projects addressing the 22% energy loss per month which PNG Power Lts has experienced. He has over fifteen years of professional power engineering knowledge & experiences within the electricity & mechanical industry inclusive of various national consultative roles in the energy sector.
Monitoring and evaluation is an organizational tool to ensure that the organization achieves its goals and objectives.
Philip Penaflor is currently the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator for Asia of the Fundacion Educacion y Cooperacion (EDUCO), an international organization promoting child rights and development based in Barcelona, Spain. In the past, he has worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist in several countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia,Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Vanuatu and South Sudan. He would try to inculcate among organizations that monitoring and evaluation is an organizational tool to ensure that the organization achieves its goals and objectives.
Philip is interested in energy efficiency programs and technology because of his advocacy for sustainable development on behalf of the world’s children who will inherit our world. He has observed greater awareness on climate change globally, and there are initiatives to develop cleaner technologies with renewable energy. With this kind of development, in 10 years, he could see many more countries adopting more energy efficient technologies over fossil fuels.
Philip holds a PhD in Applied Cosmic Anthropology from the Asian Social Institute, Manila, where he also obtained his master’s degree in General Sociology.
We need evaluation to keep us aware of how energy consumption leads to our benefits, while it also alerts us how this consumption leads to our perils.
Romeo is interested in how evaluation can further influence policy-makers and corporate practitioners into getting the right understanding that the true results of energy efficiency programs are not just reducing loss and reaping windfall profits, but that of uplifting the welfare and lives of people.
Romeo Santos strongly believes in the cross and trans-disciplinary fusion of corporate, academia, and community practices. It brings good benefits to individuals and society. After all, living is actually a cross and trans-disciplinary mixture of life pursuits.
Romeo’s affiliation with the College of Architecture, University of the Philippines as a professor helps him develop diverse exposure in the industry and international development fields -including community extension services. The evaluation career that he now practices enables him to work in league with practitioners in national government agencies (NGAs); local and international NGOs; the UN, financial intermediaries; development organizations, and many other professionals in the public, private, and plural sectors. He works with the global evaluation community in advancing the cause of evaluation in all disciplines, but specifically in energy efficiency, which is very relevant to his education in architectural engineering.
Republic of Korea
Realizing that evaluation is essential to promote evidence-based discussions among partners, Hae-in has a strong commitment to make contributions for Asia-Pacific evaluation community.
Hae-in is working on the evaluations of various programs from energy to international development field, Hae-in has been involved in the entire process of monitoring and evaluation. Working with diverse partners such as utility and government, Hae-in has designed a monitoring and evaluation framework, defined indicators, and developed methodologies for impact evaluations. Currently, Hae-in is focusing on the evaluation of demand side management programs, and has been assessing (or estimating) the impact of the programs.
Good evaluations of energy programs in Asia-Pacific will definitely help to use energy efficiently and achieve a transition to clean energy.
We have a great potential for improving energy efficiency. So let's do it with our common efforts.
Ilya Dolmatov is Director of the Institute of Pricing and Regulation of Natural Monopolies (link). He also works at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”.
He is Head of scientific-practical and expert-consulting work in the field of evaluation of the effectiveness of investment programs, tariff policy and tariff setting for utility services (electricity, gas).
Since 2017, he has been a Member of the Expert Council the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Energy. Since 2011, he has been a Member of the editorial board of the journal “Electric Stations.”
Architrandi (Chitra) Priambodo
Architrandi (Chitra) Priambodo
Catalyzing the development results in energy sector through excellence in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Chitra has more than 17 years of experience in advisory/consulting services in the development sector, particularly in the areas of energy (power sector) and climate change. For the past 10 years, she has been deeply involved in conducting monitoring and evaluation as part of technical assistance related to power projects, both off-grid and on-grid, and climate change/low carbon development sector.
Chitra is currently leading a team of Independent Verification Agents to verify the performance of the PLN (Indonesian electric utilities) distribution network against the indicators of PLN’s result-based lending from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank’s Program for Results. In this assignment, she also acts as the lead auditor to verify PLN’s achievements of the results framework (both Disbursement Link Indicators (DLIs) and non-DLIs) and of the program action plan.
Chitra was the monitoring and evaluation specialist in an ADB technical assistance project, “Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia,” where she developed the monitoring and evaluation plan for the “Sumba Iconic Island Initiative,” a program that aims at scaling up energy access in Sumba Island in eastern Indonesia, by using renewable energy sources. The program consists of fifteen sub-programs including scaling up small-scale hydro projects, solar power and biomass power generation.
In a World Bank-funded assignment, Chitra led a team in conducting the evaluation of micro-hydro project operations that had been developed under PNPM (Program Nasional Pemberdayaan Masyarakat (National Program in community empowerment)) green block grants. The evaluation covered 15 micro-hydro locations in Sumatera and Sulawesi, Indonesia, and it included an evaluation of the financial analysis of the operation (investment and revenue), the socio-economic benefits and the operation and management quality of micro–hydro projects.
Chitra’s monitoring and evaluation experience in climate change issues includes assistance to carbon credit transactions and verifications, greenhouse gas accounting and audits for oil and gas industry and cement manufacturers. Her regional coverage of working experience covers China, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Chitra received her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Indonesia. She earned her Master’s degrees in Energy Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and in International Project Management from ESCP Europe, France.
It is important to leverage on the lessons learnt from both the former and present energy efficiency policies, so as to guide the development of sustainable policies in the future.
Huijun currently holds the position of a Research Associate at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) of Singapore. Huijun has always had a strong interest in the environment and nature. Previously, she specialized in the water sector, and has recently made the transition into the energy sector – specializing in energy efficiency. Despite being new, she brings along her previous experiences and has the opportunity to lead research in the area of energy efficiency policy evaluation and policy design in Singapore.
We all have to save this planet for the future by all our activities. Evaluation will help us to understand how human activities put the earth in danger. Let’s work together to make the earth a better place for all of us.
Asela Kalugampitiya is a Sri Lankan lawyer currently working as EvalPartners Executive Coordinator. EvalPartners is a Global partnership of civil society evaluation capacity development. He manages evaluation capacity building initiatives around the world.
Asela has been working in the M&E field for over 15 years particularly in gender equality and policy development. He has worked for international organizations including International Development Law Organization (IDLO), UN Women, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Labor Organization (ILO) and CARE International as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.
Asela was instrumental in launching International Year of Evaluation 2015 and organizing Global Evaluation Forum held at the parliament of Nepal and parliament of Kyrgyz Republic. He was also instrumental in initiating parliamentarians’ movement promoting evaluation culture: Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation. The first ever parliamentarians evaluation forum was held in Colombo in Sep 2018 with participation of over 250 delegates from over 70 countries where parliamentarians committed for the Colombo Declaration.
He has worked as the (honorary) Director- Center for Evaluation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He is a member of the teaching faculty of the Post Graduate Diploma in Evaluation course run by the same university.
Boonrod believes evaluation is a very important step that we can’t ignore. It is the whole game to understand more and gain lessons learned & feedbacks to grow and to become better, wiser, and stronger.
Boonrod Yaowapruek is currently the Director and Head of climate finance practice at Creagy, a result-oriented consultancy specialized in energy and climate change.He has over 18 years of experience in clean energy and financing in Asia. Recently, Roonrod was the investment mobilization lead at USAID Clean Power Asia and the clean energy finance team leader at USAID PFAN-Asia, where he led the team to work with policy makers, developers, investors, and financial institutions in identifying barriers and facilitating the clean energy investment across Asia. He also served in various roles as originator, structurer, analyst and consultant at GDF SUEZ (Engie), Eneco Energy Trade BV, ABN AMRO Bank NV and ERM-Siam.
Since 2015, Boonrod has been focusing his work on monitoring and evaluation for clients to ensure that their programs/projects are effective, efficient and sustainable. Creagy supported the Ministry of Energy to monitor and evaluate national energy policies and their energy projects funded by the Energy Conservation Fund (Encon fund) in Thailand. Some people still don’t understand differences between ‘evaluation ‘ and ‘audit’, and think an evaluator is an evil trying to catch their bad. Boonrod believes evaluation is a very important step that we can’t ignore. It is the whole game to understand more and gain lessons learned & feedbacks to grow and to become better, wiser, and stronger. He really hopes we grow this evaluation community to make our world grow sustainably.
Evaluation can guide us on the path to a clean energy future in ten years and beyond.
I have been working in the energy evaluation field for over 30 years. For the last decade I have been the Evaluation manager at the Energy Trust of Oregon in the USA. I am a IEPEC Board member and act as the liaison between the EEAP and IEPEC.
In 10 years, the world will have eliminated (or highly reduced) the use of fossil fuels as we use renewable energy for sustaining society.
I am currently an Affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where I was involved in the evaluation of energy efficiency programs and technology performance measurement for over 36 years. I have been working with colleagues around the world in developing a community of evaluators of energy programs in Asia Pacific. As part of this effort, I have been involved in organizing workshops in Asia, as well as organizing our first conference in Asia in Bangkok in November 2017.
Evaluation is critical for improving our way of life: Developing new energy programs and policies as well as improving existing energy programs and policies, for implementing the path to sustainability.
My work and career is evaluation! My close network of colleagues are involved in evaluation, and I look forward to working with others (especially the “next generation”) in promoting evaluation.
Effective evaluation will lead to many opportunities in the private and public sectors in the design, implementation and evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies.
I am interested in this area of energy evaluation because of the opportunities for improving society, and I am excited in working with new and experienced individuals and organizations in this effort. Evaluation is often misunderstood and under appreciated: I hope this community of evaluators will change that image.
Hoang Viet Dung
Hoang Viet Dung
Hoang is an Energy Expert and Project Coordinator responsible for oversight and coordination of project implementation.
Mr. Hoang Viet Dung is an Energy Expert and Project Coordinator for the World Bank/Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) Project: Vietnam Energy Efficiency for Industrial Enterprises, and he is responsible for oversight and coordination of project implementation. He has been working in the energy efficiency area for 13 years on various subjects: policy, green finance, technology, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation for energy efficiency.
He is also involved as a consultant to the MOIT’s Vietnam National Energy Efficiency Program where he is responsible for the evaluation of energy labeling/MEPS program and is supporting capacity building activities related to energy efficiency. His past work has included evaluation of labeling applications (including site audits) and monitoring and evaluation related to energy efficiency labels, standards and policies.