Dr Valentine (Val) Joseph Gandhi Bavani Rajan, is an Implementation Scientist, Development Economist, Policy Advisor, Poverty and Livelihood Impact Evaluation Specialist, ICT4D and Knowledge Manager, with over 18 years of interdisciplinary, quantitative and qualitative research, teaching/training and project management, M&E, Strategic consulting, knowledge sharing and capacity building and development experience at both field and policy level with various UN, CGIAR and Donor agencies. He is the founder of the think tank The Development CAFE. He actively promotes innovation in M&E and Research. He was most recently Senior Advisor on Technology for Development, Innovation and Evaluation for The World Bank’s Social, Rural, Urban Resilience Unit and Principal Consultant on Evaluation, Innovation and ICT4D for the NIRAS Group and co-founded their Data Futures Hub.

Within SI he is the Chief of Party for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support project for USAID/Indonesia.  In this role he leads an interdisciplinary team to support USAID/Indonesia program unit with innovative evaluations, building and embedding CLA Frameworks and support development of the new CDCS process in line with Government of Indonesia’s local 5 year plans. This is his 4th stint as CoP for a USAID project. He regularly speaks on the topic of innovations in evaluation including a TEDx talk.