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Dr. Indran Naidoo is the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since January 2012. He heads the largest evaluation office in the United Nations system globally, and serves as a Vice Chair of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), a professional network for evaluators.

Indran has over two decades experience in leadership positions focused on advancing the use of evidence in decision-making, nationally and internationally. As head of the IEO, Indran has led a pivotal and comprehensive reform to UNDP’s evaluation function, reforming its governance to secure full independence, including direct reporting to Executive Board; also building the most robust and dynamic evaluation office within the United Nations development system. Indran’s perspective is grounded in his experience as a senior public servant in South Africa Government, where he successfully elevated the profile and importance of evaluation as a key accountability and learning tool in government. For two decades he has been a high profile leader in the international evaluation community – as author, editor, commentator, key note speaker and chair of multiple national and international journals, forums, conferences and events, including the series of global conferences on National Evaluation Capacities of which he has been host and convenor. Indran has been a board member of the South African M&E Association and of the International Development Evaluation Association and is Vice-Chair the United Nations Evaluation Group.

Keynote Speech - Indran A. Naidoo - IPDET 2018 Keynote Speech - Indran A. Naidoo - IPDET 2018 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