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Terry Smutylo

Terry Smutylo 
***Key note speaker***
Terry Smutylo created IDRC’s Evaluation Unit in 1992, serving as its Director until 2005. Since then he has worked as a Special Advisor to IDRC, on the faculty of IPDET, as an Outcome Mapping trainer and facilitator, and as an independent evaluation consultant with international development organizations. He specializes in methods which empower stakeholders, promote learning and focus on outcomes in project, program and strategic evaluations. While with the IDRC, he led teams that developed several internationally recognized methodologies, including Organizational Self-Assessment and Outcome Mapping. He has worked with organizations in Canada, United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, conducting evaluations, providing training, and facilitating organizational development.

Kaia Ambrose
Kaia is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager at CARE Canada, as well as an international development consultant with a focus on facilitating the creation and implementation of learning-oriented monitoring and evaluation systems and processes. Kaia has been using OM for planning and assessment for several years, first in South America where she was based for 8 years, and then around the globe. She has helped organizations, projects and programs in Canada, the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America design in a participatory manner M&E systems and processes based on OM, and has delivered numerous OM training workshops. As the M&E ad learning manager at CARE Canada, she has woven OM and other methods (such as Most Significant Change) into Results-Based Management frameworks, supporting individual projects across the globe to build their capacity and use a variety of methods.

Steff Deprez
Steff Deprez is working as a freelance consultant and is part-time PLA Coordinator at VECOs head office in Belgium.  He started to use OM in 2004 for the design and monitoring of an Environmental Education Programme in Zimbabwe. From 2006 till 2010, he worked as Programme Advisor for VECO in Indonesia. During this time, he facilitated the development of an OM-based framework for VECOs value chain programmes and a learning-oriented monitoring system, i.e. the Planning, Learning and Accountability system (PLAs). In 2010, he coordinated the compilation of a contextualised Indonesian Outcome Mapping manual. Steff is a steward of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community and currently working on an online Outcome Mapping Practitioner Guide. Steff has a keen interest in contextualising OM to fit specific programme needs and setting up relevant, useful and pragmatic monitoring and learning practices. 

Ricardo Wilson-Grau
Ricardo has worked as a metal factory worker and door-to-door salesman in the USA, surveyor and community development worker in Colombia, publishing executive in the Caribbean, field director for the American Friends Service Committee in Guatemala, director of the Latin American Programme of experiential Friends World College, journalist and managing director of Inforpress Centroamericana, senior manager with Greenpeace International, and foreign aid advisor with Oxfam Novib. He left Novib in 2007 and began a new career full-time as an evaluator. With colleagues, he developed the Outcome Harvesting tool, inspired and informed by Outcome Mapping. Ricardo was elected as the Chair of the Stewards group from February 2012.

Ziad Moussa
Ziad is a Senior Research Associate at the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit of the American University of Beirut. Over the past 10 years he has managed complex multi-country evaluations across the Arab world and the global South with the EU, IDRC, ILO, UNDP and IFAD among others. He is credited for the Arabization of the reference book “Outcome Mapping: Building Reflection and Learning into Development Programs” in addition to several other publications on R&D in MENA. Ziad is currently an elected Board Member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), chairperson of the MENA Evaluators Network (EvalMENA) and member of the Board of Stewards of the OMLC

Simon Hearn
Simon is a Research Fellow in the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme at the Overseas Development Institute, London, who with support from IDRC are the current secretariat for the Outcome Mapping Learning Community. Simon has coordinated the OMLC since 2007, providing facilitation support, newsletter editing, webinar hosting as well as supporting the Stewards group. He has been training individuals and organisations in OM since 2008 and has advised many programmes in the use of OM, particular for strategic planning and monitoring of policy influencing. He is also in the core team of the BetterEvaluation initiative, a platform for improving evaluation practice and theory through sharing of information on methods.

Julius Nyangaga
Julius is currently the CEO of Right Track Africa, a company of professionals established as a private firm in Kenya, providing services in strategy development, facilitating innovative solutions, and program/project monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Before joining Right Track Africa in October, 2013, Julius worked for more than 10 years with the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) both in Nairobi, Kenya. Julius interest and passion is the value of outcome-oriented focus in organizational and project strategy, monitoring systems and evaluation. He has been a Steward of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community since its formation in 2006.

Heidi Schaeffer
Heidi is the knowledge and learning manager for the Association of Ontario Health Centres, a network of community-governed primary health care centres in Canada serving over 500,000 clients. She works in participatory program planning, evaluation, facilitation, and new communication technologies for learning and change. She combines OM with Participatory Action Research, Appreciative Inquiry and Whole Systems Learning. Heidi worked for many years in radio for development with First Nations in Canada, as well as with broadcasters in South-East Asia and Africa. Her recent work in Canada focusses on organizational development and governance with community and social service organizations. She discovered Outcome Mapping in 2005 and began delivering training in Canada, Asia and Africa in 2008. Heidi conducted research in Outcome Mapping in 2009/2010 examining patterns in the development of progress markers.

Jan Van Ongevalle
Jan is a Research Manager in the International Development Unit at the Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven, Belgium. In this position, he has coordinated various action research programmes that aimed at strengthening learning centred monitoring and evaluation practices. Prior to this, Jan worked in Zimbabwe for 15 years where he was responsible for the application of Outcome Mapping in several education programmes funded by the Flemish Office for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB). He has written extensively about his experiences with the implementation of innovative planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) approaches such as outcome mapping. Jan has helped several organizations in using outcome mapping and other complexity oriented PME approaches. He has also facilitated numerous outcome mapping training workshops in various countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.