Team & CVs



Since 2013 Valuing Voices team's focus has been on creating a strong advocacy and evaluation network focused around post-project sustained and emerging impact evaluation. This includes promoting its ascendance in international development programming, designing processes and doing fieldwork to build knowledge, and building a network of engaged partners.

Our focus is Appreciative, finding out and building on what participants, partners and organizations do well already, and promoting what we can do better with such knowledge.  Much can be learned from what continues locally, and how to design anew. 


Our network includes evaluators, advocates, ICT4D and impact investors in the US, Africa, and Asia. 



Jindra Cekan/ova, PhD is Founder/Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC that aims to raise-up national voices for country-led sustainable development starting with sustained and emerging impact evaluation. A political economist, she has 30-years experience in evaluations, food security/ livelihoods and safety net assessments, project design, strategic planning, knowledge management and proposal writing. Dr Cekan/ova uses participatory/ appreciative methods with villagers in Africa, Central/ Latin America and policy makers, foreign Ministers and US and European donors. She leads multi-disciplinary mixed-method teams with national evaluators.  She has studied at the Fletcher School at Tufts, Harvard and Cambridge Universities. She is a dual US/Czech citizen, mother and loves giraffes.

laurie zivetzLaurie Zivetz, MPH, PhD is an independent consultant based in Washington, DC.  With nearly four decades of international development experience, she has led, participated in and managed over four dozen evaluations and research initiatives across Asia, the Pacific, sub Saharan Africa and Europe in sectors ranging from education, community health,  HIV/AIDS, gender, countering violent extremism, media.  Dr. Zivetz has launched, advised and managed grassroots and multi-country international programs. She is a dual US/Australian citizen.



1. Evaluation:

rutereRutere Kagendo: President, Ronto Research Company has M&E operations in 15 African countries doing baselines, mid-and end-line evaluations and impact assessments (Kenya)





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Rituu Nanda: Participation and gender evaluator, extensive UN and NGO work since 2010 (India)






Chenjerai and Thenjiwe Sisimayi: Owners, Psychosocial Support, Research and Training Centre. Over 25 years mixed-method M&E and statistical analysis (Zimbabwe)




2. Advocacy:

peter kimeu

Peter Kimeu: co-founder of KUSARD, a local Kenyan NGO and 30-year head of Peace and Justice for Africa for Catholic Relief Services (Kenya)





3. Information and Communication Technologies for Development ICT4D:


Siobhan Green: CEO of Sonjara has been providing ICT4D, open-data, IATI and business process solutions globally over 20 years. She holds an M.A. from UK's University of London’s SOAS (US)





4. Impact Investing:


Abhishek Jha: Impact Investor expertise and advisor since 2011 (India).







We have a strong collaboration with on Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation, featured in 2017 as a new thematic area:

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