Evaluation Learning Event: Innovation and Learning in a Changing Asia


To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will host a learning event on 9-10 September 2014. The purpose of the event will be to explore and facilitate the vital links between evaluation, learning, innovation and change in the context of key development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific--inequality and environmental sustainability.

A recent study from Independent Evaluation highlighted that given the complexity of these challenges, innovation and risk taking in addressing them must be encouraged, and evaluation, while ensuring rigor, needs to reinforce this. For this reason, it is important that development practitioners (including from evaluation), policy makers, and representatives from the corporate sector and academia have opportunities to share lessons and successful approaches relating to topics like inclusive growth and inclusive business, climate change and disaster resilience, governance, knowledge sharing and innovation. The learning event provides such an opportunity.


The learning event’s objectives will be to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with using evaluation as an instrument to promote organizational learning, innovation and change; and (ii) to share good practices and lessons learned from within the development community, the corporate sector and academia.

Target participants

The attendants and participants to the event will comprise senior government officials from countries in the Asia-Pacific region, private sector executives, leading academics, senior representatives from the development community as well as ADB staff and management.

Confirmed speakers and panelists

  • Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank
  • Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Leadership and Innovation, World Bank
  • Alexia Latortue, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Development Policy, US Treasury
  • Vinod Thomas, Director General, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank
  • Bart Edes, Director, Poverty Reduction, Social Development, and Governance, Asian Development Bank
  • Ravi Kanbur, Professor, Cornell University
  • Li Kouqing, Director General, Asia Pacific Finance and Development Center, Ministry of Finance, PR China
  • Rogier van den Brink, Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management
  • Rachel Meghir, Director, Evaluation Department, Council of Europe Development Bank
  • Robert Piccioto, Professor, King’s College, London
  • Joseph Eichenberger, Chief Evaluator, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Rakesh Nangia, Evaluator General (Vice President), Independent Development Evaluation, African Development Bank
  • Keiichi Muraoka, Director General, Evaluation Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Karen Davila, Broadcast Journalist, ABS-CBN
  • Loren Legarda, Senator, Republic of the Philippines
  • Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Center for Policy Research
  • Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman, MIND Institute, Sri Lanka
  • Jose Ramon Villarin, President, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Solita Monsod, Professor Emerita, University of the Philippines
  • Orchibat Chuluunbat, Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Mongolia
  • Tony Kwok, International Anti-Corruption Specialist, Hong Kong
  • Bruno Carrasco, Director, Asian Development Bank 
  • Vinay Kumar Bhargava, Chief Technical Advisor, Partnership for Transparency Fund, USA