Prof. Zenda Ofir
Prof. Zenda Ofir is a South African scientist and independent international evaluator who specialises in both development evaluation and research evaluation. She has worked in a large number of thematic areas, and has a special focus on Africa and Asia. She has visited more than 70 and worked on assignment in 35 countries for local, national, international and multilateral organisations. She also continues to provide strategic and practical advice on monitoring and evaluation for international and multilateral organisations around the world.
Zenda has a PhD in Chemistry. Before becoming a full-time evaluation specialist in 2000, she served first as senior programme manager in a South African science council where she was responsible for six national grant funding portfolios aimed at strengthening research among the 21 South African universities. She later became Director of Research in South Africa’s largest residential research university, the University of Pretoria, where she was responsible for all university research, including grant-funded research, industry-university cooperation and contract research, intellectual property management and the international affairs office.
Zenda is a former President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), former Vice-President of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), former Board member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and a founding member of the South African M&E Association (SAMEA). She is also co-founder of the newly established International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) in Nairobi, Kenya, a think-tank dedicated to advancing thought leadership and innovation in evaluation for development in the Global South.
Zenda has been a visiting professor at the University of Hiroshima in Japan and from 2009-2011 managed the Aid Effectiveness module of the International Cooperation and Development Course at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo. She has been a fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and has since 2014 held an appointment as honorary professor at the School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, a position that links individuals to the university by recognizing them for eminence in their profession.
Zenda is currently based near Geneva, Switzerland. More details about her work and interests can be found at http://zendaofir.com.