Members at Large

  Michael Bamberger received his PhD in Sociology from the LSE. He retired from the World Bank in 2001 after he spent 8 years working in the Bank's Gender and Development Department. Now he is an independent consultant where assignments have included evaluating the gender policies of UNDP, the World Bank, the World Food Program and the African Development Bank.

Svetlana Negroustoueva has served as co-chair of the Feminist TIG for now the fourth consecutive year, and from where she was elected to co-chair EvalGender+, a global with a  mission to coordinate and maximize efforts in strengthening equity focused and gender responsive evaluation. She comes to the field of feminist evaluation through her M&E work, primarily the “M” of HIV/AIDS, environment and women’s empowerment programs. In recent years, her focus has shifted towards the “E” of donor-funded projects in agriculture, HIV/AIDS, food security and global climate change sectors. Growing up in a country that collected gender disaggregated statistics on a range of socioeconomic indicators such as education, employment levels and their rights, Svetlana understands not only the value of data availability but also its potential for shaking things up with the power of evaluation. Many forms of sexism still prevail in societies across the world and is manifested in women’s lack of reproductive rights, access to credit and health care, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, and intimate partner violence. Hence the persistent challenges of conducting evaluation and going beyond merely recognising the different needs of women and men to applying feminist principles and approaches that recognise the complexity and responsibilities of governments as duty bearers to deliver the promises of internationally agreed normative commitments (CEDAW, Beijing Declaration, the Sustainable Development Goals, etc).  

Ghada Jiha has had a career long commitment to women’s rights, gender equality and social justice. She is a gender and evaluation professional with more than 15 years of experience in mainstreaming gender in program development and performance measurement and evaluation frameworks. In her capacities as program specialist, program manager and program evaluator, she has garnered in-depth knowledge of gender equality issues in the areas of governance and women’s leadership and participation, violence against women, access to justice and HIV through her work with a range of different organizations, but most especially with the UN System and UN Women in particular. To support her transition to the field of development evaluation, Ghada completed the core course curriculum of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training in 2014. 
Nidal Karim currently works at CARE, an international NGO, as a Senior Advisor for Gender and Empowerment Impact Measurement. Prior to that she was a Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division for Violence Prevention. Nidal received her PhD in Ecological/Community Psychology with a specialization in International Development from Michigan State University, and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University. 
 Mathes.png Kathryn Mathes holds a PhD in Program Evaluation from Cornell University and has 22 years of experience planning and implementing utilization focused federally-funded evaluations (i.e., SAMHSA, ACF, OJJDP, OAH, etc.) in an broad array of community-based human service programs (e.g., trauma-informed, gender responsive, co-occurring behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, child welfare, family preservation/intensive in-home, family strengthening and incarcerated people with serious mental illness). Particular expertise in designing evaluation systems  that standardizes data capture, training staff in routine collection of high quality data and promoting measurement based care that advances organizational learning and data drive decision making.
  Alexandra Pittman, PhD, is an independent consultant who specializes in research and evaluation for human rights, women's rights, social justice organizations, networks, and movements. She works with social justice and women's and human rights organizations, donors, and networks to help them learn from past work, plan strategically for the future, and deepen knowledge to better analyze and communicate results.
Elizabeth (Bessa) Whitmore is a retired Professor from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and has been part of the Feminist TIG from the beginning and considers it her home at AEA. She is active in a number of feminist groups, including the Ottawa Raging Grannies and the Women's Health Project that works to support women who have been raped in the context of war.