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Indran A. Naidoo was appointed as the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The IEO is responsible for the independent evaluation function of UNDP, which includes global, thematic and country level evaluations. Under Indran’s leadership since 2012 the IEO has delivered 43 evaluation reports to UNDP’s decision-making bodies, and he has led and overseen a phase of significant expansion in scope, coverage, and strategic salience with regards to the evaluation function at UNDP. He currently he also serves as the Vice-chair of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).

Prior to joining UNDP, Indran held oversight positions in South Africa from 1995 when he developed the country`s first monitoring and evaluation unit at the Department of Land Affairs, pivotal to democratic transformation. He continued in oversight roles and held positions as Chief Director and Deputy Directors General for both Leadership and Management Practices and Monitoring and Evaluation at the independent constitutional body of the country, the Public Service Commission (PSC). He advanced the profession by holding elected board positions on the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS).

Over the past 20 years, Indran has advanced the evaluation function internationally by providing thought leadership through management, networking, teaching, and developing evaluation approaches and systems. He has dedicated his career to using his positions to advance development. Indran views evaluation as critical for advancing public sector reform by improving transparency and accountability, and his work has focused on entrenching independence of systems for more effective credibility and utility. These mechanisms linked citizens to policy makers, in particular anti-corruption and integrity, citizen feedback, and measurement of performance of government and its leadership.

Indran holds a graduate (English, Geography & Education) and post-graduate (Geography) qualifications from the University of KwaZulu Natal, as well as post-graduate degrees in Education from the University of South Africa and a Masters in Geography from West Virginia University, USA. He was awarded a PhD in Evaluation from the University of Witwatersrand. In addition he holds Executive Management qualifications from the Harvard and Wits Business School, and Oxford University. He has presented and written internationally and received several academic and leadership awards, and is a visiting faculty for the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET).

Remarks to the UNDP Executive Board Sessions UNDP Executive Board session on Joint Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness of UNDP, June 2017 IPDET 2016 Guest Speaker - Ethics, independence and credibility for evaluation professionals UNDP Executive Board - Remark on Annual Report on Evaluation, June 2017 EvalYear 2015, Webinar at the Fletcher School, Tufts University-Future Opportunities & Challenges for Evaluation at UNDP EvalYear 2015, Webinar at the Fletcher School, Tufts University-"Future Opportunities & Challenges for Evaluation at UNDP" EvalYear 2015, Webinar at  the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University – Can Evaluations Lead to Change? EvalYear 2015, Webinar at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University – "Can Evaluations Lead to Change?" Remarks to the UNDP Executive Board Sessions Remarks to the UNDP Executive Board Sessions - January 31, 2017 IPDET 2016 Guest Speaker - Ethics, independence and credibility for evaluation professionals IPDET 2016 Guest Speaker - "Ethics, independence and credibility for evaluation professionals" IPDET 2015 Guest Speaker - Professionalization for utility, with credibility through independence IPDET 2015 Guest Speaker - "Professionalization for utility, with credibility through independence" EvalYear 2015, Webinar at the Fletcher School, Tufts University-Future Opportunities & Challenges for Evaluation at UNDP EvalYear 2015, Webinar at the Fletcher School, Tufts University-"Future Opportunities & Challenges for Evaluation at UNDP" EvalYear 2015, Webinar at  the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University – Can Evaluations Lead to Change? EvalYear 2015, Webinar at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University – "Can Evaluations Lead to Change?" UNEG Lessons and Insights Series - Evaluation should aim to change peoples lives UNEG Lessons and Insights Series -" Evaluation should aim to change people’s lives" 2014 Evaluation Practice Exchange (EPE) UNEG- Engaging governments improves evaluation policies and national capacity 2014 Evaluation Practice Exchange (EPE) UNEG- "Engaging governments improves evaluation policies and national capacity" Engagement with International Program for Development Evaluation Training , Guest Lecture at IPDET, 2014 Engagement with International Program for Development Evaluation Training , Guest Lecture at IPDET, 2014 The importance of leadership in developing national capacity, Brazil Network Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The importance of leadership in developing national M&E capacity, Brazil M&E Network Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,2012 Certification and the need to institutionalize the evaluation function ,IDRC Anniversary Panel, IPDET Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2010 Certification and the need to institutionalize the evaluation function ,IDRC Anniversary Panel, IPDET Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2010 Monitoring and Evaluation in South Africa, REDLACME Conference, Bogotá, Colombia, 2009 Monitoring and Evaluation in South Africa, REDLACME Conference, Bogotá, Colombia, 2009 Evaluation of Climate Change as a Key Development Issue, February 2014 Evaluation of Climate Change as a Key Development Issue, February 2014 Credibility of  Evaluation, 3rd NEC Conference, Bankok, Thailand, October 2013 Credibility of Evaluation, 3rd NEC Conference, Bankok, Thailand, October 2013 Comprehensive Evaluation Panel, EES Conference, 2012 Comprehensive Evaluation Panel, EES Conference, 2012 Tangible outcomes for citizens through government coordination, SABC PSC Interview, November 2010 Tangible outcomes for citizens through government coordination, SABC PSC Interview, November 2010 UNEG Strategic Objective one Improving Evaluation Function of the UN, Bangkok, Thailand, 2014 UNEG Strategic Objective one: Improving Evaluation Function of the UN, Bangkok, Thailand, 2014