The Chair of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Richard Manning, announced today that the 3ie Board of Commissioners has appointed Emmanuel Jimenez to succeed Howard White as the executive director of 3ie. He expects to take up the position in February/March 2015 and be based initially in the 3ie office in Washington, DC, transitioning to the main 3ie office in New Delhi sometime later in the year.
Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez comes to 3ie after 30 years at the World Bank Group where he provided technical expertise and strategic leadership in a number of research and operational positions. He is currently director, public sector evaluations, in the Independent Evaluation Group at the bank. He brings to 3ie a valuable set of research, management and leadership skills and experience in a number of important international development topics, including education, urban development, public finance, social protection, environment, infrastructure, health and population.
Richard Manning said:
“As Board Chair, I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr Emmanuel Jimenez as the next executive director of 3ie. Dr Jimenez will bring to this position his long experience as a policy adviser and leader of evaluations in the World Bank, his extensive knowledge of the developing world, and his strong personal commitment to international development. The board looks forward to working with him to take forward 3ie’s important mission of increasing development effectiveness through better use of evidence in developing countries.
Dr Jimenez will be building on the remarkable work that Howard White, as founding executive director, has done in creating the organisation, putting 3ie on the map as a key contributor to evaluating the impact of development interventions, building links with partners across the world and delivering a large and rapidly-growing body of evaluation studies.”
Emmanuel Jimenez said:
“I'm excited, humbled and honoured by this appointment. Excited because 3ie is engaged in one of the most important tasks in development – generating high-quality evidence on what works in international development to improve people's lives. Humbled because Howard White has done an incredible job in leading 3ie to be in the forefront of rigorous evaluation and evidence synthesis and because he has set a high standard for his successor. And honoured because I will be working with such a dedicated and world-class board of commissioners and professional team to fulfil this compelling mission. I'm very much looking forward to contributing through what I've learned in my many years of researching, designing, implementing and evaluating development programmes."
Howard White said:
“I am very pleased at the appointment of Manny Jimenez as my successor. Such a strong appointment demonstrates 3ie’s reputation and the important role we have played to date. I am confident that Manny will be able to take 3ie to the next level, engaging more deeply with policymakers around the world to increase the production and use of evidence, and building larger levels of donor support so 3ie grows to fulfil its original mission as a global fund for impact evaluation.”
Brief bio of Dr Emmanuel Jimenez
Emmanuel Jimenez is director of public sector evaluations at the World Bank Group. Prior to this position, he was responsible for the bank’s operational programme in human development in the bank’s Asia regions and, before that, served in its research department. He has published numerous monographs and scholarly articles in the fields of education, social protection, labour, health, urban development, public finance, environment and population. He also led the core team that prepared World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation and is editor of the journal, The World Bank Research Observer. Before joining the Bank, Dr Jimenez was on the economics faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Population Growth.