Alena LAPPO is an evaluation specialist. She holds an MBA from a leading European business school and has eight years of analysis and research experience in the public and private sectors. In recent years, she has conducted evaluations in the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group and the Independent Office of Evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, while previously, she worked in the Strategic Knowledge and Impact Assessment Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Her fields of interest include evaluation methods, gender-responsive approaches to evaluation and capacity building for young evaluation professionals. She is the co-leader of the European Emerging Evaluators (yEES!) network and member of the EvalYouth Task Force II – Mentoring.