Dr. Leona Ba is an international development consultant with more than 18 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation.
Dr. Ba acquired her extensive experience in evaluation while leading or participating in numerous consulting assignments with organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Plan International, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She has managed and conducted evaluations of programs intervening in various sectors including institutional capacity building, agriculture, emergency response, education, health, natural resource management and microfinance.
Dr. Ba has taught university-level and professional development courses in West Africa and the United States of America in various subjects including evaluation, research methods and intercultural communication. She has a special interest in culture and its implications for evaluation and has conducted research on knowledge management and organizational culture. She designed the course Culture and Evaluation, which she has been teaching at the Evaluators’ Institute of the George Washington University since 2012. In addition, she has conducted one and two-week training sessions in evaluation for the U.S. State Department staff and staff members of the United Sates Agency for International Development (USAID) based at Headquarters and in USAID missions around the world.
She has worked and lived in various countries in Africa, Europe, and North America and five months after the earthquake, she completed a one-year assignment in Haiti evaluating USAID development programs. She is perfectly bilingual in French and English.
Dr. Ba holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development/Organizational Development from the George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of Maryland.