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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.