Jim Newkirk is I4DI’s Senior Evaluation Advisor. He has worked in development for 35 years. From beginnings with inner city work, Jim then spent a lot of time in villages and remote locations, working on rural development projects in Brazil, Peru, and Indonesia, before spending over 10 years on Aboriginal communities in remote central and western Australia. A US-born Australian, Jim now resides in Serbia, where he has lived for 13 years. His work focus for many years was on project and program design and management – he has more recently made use of this experience in delivering project and program evaluations. Jim’s project management background, and a personal interest in effectiveness of delivery, means he gets particular enjoyment from mid-term, formative, and participatory evaluation processes with implementation teams. Recent assignments include project evaluations for Sida in Georgia, the EU and UN in Serbia; ADC in Bosnia, Montenegro, and Serbia; CARE International across the Balkans; mid-term and final evaluations for the Millennium Development Goals Fund in Serbia and Ethiopia; and country program evaluations for Sida in Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Albania.

Jim’s MBA studies focused on organizational learning and organizational change, specifically chosen to add value to project/ program implementation with project teams. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Jim’s native language is English. He also speaks Spanish and Serbian.

Franz Valli is I4DIs Humanitarian Assistance and Development Advisor. Mr. Valli is the President of the World Solidarity Alliance – Franco Betolli, a humanitarian organization based in Italy and is also the ex-President of Emmaus France. Mr. Valli has over 30 years of leadership
Sarah Dawn Petrin is I4DI’s Conflict & Displacement Consultant. Ms. Petrin has over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, leading teams in complex emergencies and advising governments, United Nations agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Ochanya Adah is a Technology Design & Program Specialist at I4DI. She has a strong background in conducting and leading extensive user and market research and designing human-centered solutions. She has combined her knowledge of product design and design thinking in the Health, Agriculture, and