Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund
Dr. Jo Puri is leads the Independent Evaluation Office of the Green Climate Fund. Previously, she was the Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation at the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation (3ie). Dr. Puri is also adjunct associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York where she teaches development evaluation. Jo has more than 24 years of experience in policy research and development evaluation and has worked in several organizations including the World Bank, Columbia University and the UN. Her dissertation related work was instrumental in identifying biases that creep into policy evaluation and specifically in environmental policy. She was also amongst the first researchers to examine the question of measuring the poverty impacts of rural road building. In other research she has demonstrated and advocated for applications of economic theory and modelling with disaggregated data and measuring heterogeneous impacts. She has undertaken and led evaluation related work for UNDP, UNICEF, GEF and the MacArthur Foundation. She has examined and advised on evidence based climate change and environmental policy, advocacy for policy and behaviour change, community based engagements for improving vaccine coverage, methods for rigorously evaluating effectiveness of humanitarian action, behaviour change and climate change policies. Her research has focused on analyzing poverty impacts of policy and infrastructure investments in Asia and Latin America. Her other areas of work include examining impacts of policies in the areas of environment, agriculture, health and climate change. She was also a contributing author of UNEP’s green economy report. At UNEP she provided thematic and strategic advice on program development and engaging governments at various levels for effective delivery of outcomes for equitable, growth transitions.
Jo’s academic qualifications include a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Resource Economics and a Masters in Development Economics. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Environment and Development, and for the Journal of Environment. She has led large teams successfully in both the academic arena and in the policy arena.