(UKES Past President)
Derek Poate has a background in the evaluation of international development.
His emphasis has been on projects in the natural resources and rural sectors and evaluations of large institutions. Derek has recently retired as a Director at ITAD where he was a co-founder of the company in 1984. ITAD has grown to be a prominent UK consultancy company with a solid track record of challenging assignments and a reputation for good quality work. Derek’s most notable assignments have been leading the Independent External Evaluation of IFAD in 2005 and both external evaluations of UNAIDS, firstly in 2002 and then 2009. More recent assignments include work in the context of environment and climate change for IUCN, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation. Derek has extensive experience of the evaluation policies and approaches of the UK’s Department for International Development, other European bilateral donors, UN agencies, and international financial institutions. His geographical experience spans all the major continents. For many years he was an active trainer on monitoring and evaluation courses held at the University of East Anglia and Wye College, London University. He was appointed an Honorary Research fellow at Wye College and later at the Huxley School of Environment, Earth Sciences and Engineering, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. His involvement with UKES is fairly recent but he has already contributed to a workshop on international development evaluation (with Colin Jacobs) and being retired has the time to participate more fully.