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 impacts 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, and ICT4D experts in the US, Africa, and Asia. 



Jindra Cekan/ova, PhD is Founder/Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. An international political economist, she has 31-years experience in listening to those we ostensibly serve. Dr. Cekan/ova is an evaluator, speaker and writer about funding, designing, implementing,  monitoring & evaluating for sustained impacts. For ‘development’ to truly be accountable to it’s clients, sustainable after projects end, much needs to change.  She aims to raise-up national voices for country-led sustainable development starting with lessons from sustained and emerging impacts evaluations. She has led strategic planning, technical project fundraising/ design/ monitoring & evaluation/ knowledge management/ advocacy on multi-million dollar projects. She has consulted to non-profits such as CRS, CARE, Mercy Corps, the Red Cross/ Red Crescent), Foundations (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation) and for-profits (Price Waterhouse/ Coopers & Lybrand, Salomon Brothers). Dr. Cekan/ova is a dual US/Czech citizen and has taught at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, was a teaching assistant at Harvard and a research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). She is also a mother, a Buddhist and loves giraffes.


1. Advisors:

Cindy Clapp Wincek: Consultant, former head of USAID’s Policy Planning and Learning, Learning, Evaluation and Research Bureau (USA)

Scott Bayley: Principal Specialist in Australia’s DFAT Aid Management and Performance Branch (Australia)

2. Evaluator experts:

Laurie 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.  She is a dual US/Australian citizen (USA).



Rutere 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)




Kate Robins: Advisor and consultant in design, monitoring and evaluation with non-governmental agencies, bi-laterals and the UN system for over 35 years (USA)





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


3. Advocacy expert:

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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)




4. Information and Communication Technologies for Development ICT4D expert:


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 (USA)




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

Please see our capabilities to the right.


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