Jyotsna (Jo) Puri


Jyotsna (Jo) Puri





Jyotsna (Jo) Puri is Head of the Independent Evaluation Office at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) since February 2017 and adjunct Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York, USA.

Jo was previously Deputy Executive Director of the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation, Head of Evaluation (till 31st December 2016), Associate Research Scientist at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York and adjunct faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University.

She has over 18 years of experience in development research, agriculture, environment, health and infrastructure related evaluation and poverty alleviation policies.

• Undertaken and led evaluation related work for UNDP, UNICEF, GEF and the MacArthur Foundation. Served on many international
inter-agency task forces examining strategy and evidence-based policy transitions.
• Trained and taught policy makers, bureaucrats, field staff and graduate level students in impact evaluation and techniques.
• Previously Green Economy policy adviser (UNEP) provided thematic and strategic advice on program development and engaging
governments at various levels for effective delivery of outcomes for equitable, green, growth transitions.
• Previously as long term consultant at the World Bank (DECRG and Transport cluster, Latin America) analyzed poverty impacts of road-
related investments in Guatemala and the effects of agricultural policy, road building and land rights on forest clearing in Thailand;
• Lead author of a book on measuring and interpreting monitoring and evaluation indicators prepared for the Human Development
Report Office and published by UNDP; Co-author of a book examining implications of Joint Implementation of Climate Change
commitments for developing countries; Led the publication of a synthesis report on Forests in a Green Economy published by UNEP;
• Thematic areas of work include poverty alleviation, agriculture, environment, rural infrastructure, ICTs, health and climate change.
• Academic qualifications include a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Agriculture and Resource Economics and a Masters in Development Economics.
• Board member, Community of Evaluators, South Asia and member Advisory management group for EvalPartners; Board member,
Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI).

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