Alena LAPPO is an independent evaluation consultant. She holds an MBA from a leading European business school and has seven years of analysis and research experience in the public and private sectors. In recent years, she has been conducting and managing evaluations of food and nutrition security projects and programmes in the Independent Office of Evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), while previously, she worked in the Strategic Knowledge and Impact Assessment Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) supporting the organization’s Strategic Review process. 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.