Senior Associates

Each Associate brings with her/him a track record of experience in a particular field which is designed to complement the capacity of other members of the project team. Associates may be based near the Ottawa headquarters of the firm, although often they are located elsewhere in Canada and bring to bear their regional perspectives. Throughout its fifteen years of operations, New Economy Development Group has created joint national-regional teams to tackle national program or project evaluations, reviews and research. More recently, its Associates have acted as technical assistance providers to community-based groups wishing to plan, revitalize or to innovate to create sustainable and healthy livelihoods. Our Associates bring with them a variety of cultural and linguistic skills and interests, as well as specialized skills and knowledge.

Canadian


Guylaine Leclerc

Guylaine Leclerc Guylaine Leclerc is an enthusiastic translator who has worked in this field for over seventeen years. She is a  certified translator and member of Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec. Her  experience in domains such as community economic development, business administration, finance,  women’s health and violence against women are very useful to help her understand and render accurate t  translations for a wide variety of clients. She has offered translation services to New Economic Development Group, besides being involved with a  couple of research teams. Guylaine has been the Executive Director of the largest Francophone rural women’s group in Ontario for over  20 years.    

International

Dr. Sonal D. Zaveri

Sonal Zaveri is an independent consultant with 25 years experience in strategic planning, capacity building and evaluation. She has worked in Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Sonal’s interests relate to how rights, participation and gender intersect. She has various publications and webinars to her credit. She has evaluated UNICEF’s Summer Internship Program in India and is currently a team member evaluating a global feminist consortium. She is a gender expert and an advisor to the IDRC and Ford Foundation supported feminist evaluation network in India, gender expert, convener of the first gender and evaluation course in India and core member of the S2SE – the Global South to South Evaluation initiative. She is a founder member and Vice-President of the South Asia Evaluation Society, represents South Asia in the EvalGender+ Management Group globally and is the Convener of GENSA, Gender and Equity Network South Asia. She is an expert in Utilization focused evaluation, Outcome Mapping, participatory and feminist approaches to evaluation. She is fluent in English and three Indian languages. She has been a member/mentor with the DECI 1, 2 and 3 projects.
Dr. Sonal Zaveri is a Fleishman Fellow with Duke University, USA and has a PhD in Social Work from the University of Pune, India
She has a Master of Arts in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai India and is the Recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for academic excellence.

Julius Nyabuto Nyangaga

Julius Nyangaga is a consultant with Right Track Africa, a Nairobi-based consortium of professionals that supports clients in strategy development, system characterizations (baseline studies), facilitating forums for innovative decision-making, and monitoring and evaluation. He is especially trained and experienced in integrating and learning from outcome-oriented thinking and evidence-based approaches (Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting) in all aspects of project management. He has developed knowledge and skills in utilization-focused evaluation, applying the approach to several IDRC’s Information and Networks (I&N) projects in Africa. He has applied the same expertise to several project assessments in East Africa, the most notable being MasterCard Foundation-funded CAP YEI youth development program in Kenya. Julius has been a member/mentor of the DECI 2 and 3 projects.  

Joaquin Navas

Joaquin Navas is an independent evaluation consultant with 8 years of experience in Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Developmental Evaluation in international development projects. He holds a M.Sc. in Capacity Development and is based in Montreal. As part of the DECI Team, in recent years (2012-2017), he has acted as an evaluation mentor, contributing to capacity development in projects that have been hosted by institutions such as the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Avina Foundation (Brazil).
Joaquin has extensive experience in Latin America and is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Joaquin and Dal recently completed a mission to Burkina Faso to meet with Open Burkina, an open data IDRC project.  

Catherine Borgman-Arboleda

Catherine Borgman-Arboleda has more than 20 years designing and implementing learning and evaluation strategies for human rights, collective impact, advocacy, and community development initiatives for international organizations, donors and foundations throughout the world.  Catherine has successfully developed multi-country Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) systems for programs operating in highly complex, uncertain environments and brings to bear an understanding of the type of information that is relevant to prioritize around transformative systems change efforts.  Catherine often works as a developmental evaluator, acting as a thought partner and facilitator for clients and prioritizing the embedding of spaces and processes into organizational culture so that learning can inform strategy design and decision-making.  Catherine is currently the lead learning, monitoring and evaluation consultant for the Porticus and Avina Foundation’s Migration program being carried out in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and the United States. She is an experienced facilitator and has led numerous multi-day workshops and is highly skilled in training in participatory approaches. She is often sought out as an adviser to initiatives and contributor conversations around social processes that support social change and is a founder of the company Action Evaluation Collaborative. Catherine currently lives in Querétaro, México.
Ms. Borgman-Arboleda is fluent in Spanish and Italian and has degrees in Political Science and a master’s degree from New York University in Public Policy.