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Jyotsna (Jo) Puri

Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation

Dr Jyotsna (Jo) Puri leads 3ie’s evaluation team and is the deputy executive director. Jo is a member of 3ie’s senior management team, leads 3ie’s open, thematic and policy related grant windows and is also responsible for fund raising.

Email: jpuri(at)3ieimpact.org

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Previous Experience

Jo Puri has over 18 years of experience in evaluation and evidence-based policy and has worked earlier at the World Bank and the United Nations. Previously she was Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. Jo is currently adjunct faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. 

Jo’s main work in the evidence-policy spectrum has been in poverty, agriculture, environment, infrastructure, health and energy. She has worked and engaged with national governments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and led several inter-agency evaluations. She has advised and developed evaluation systems for several organisations including the MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, the Millennium Villages Project (Columbia University), UNDP and GEF. As policy adviser at UNEP she provided thematic and strategic advice on programme development and engaging governments at various levels for effective delivery of outcomes for equitable growth transitions. She sits on the board of the Community of Evaluators, South Asia and the Humanitarian Certification Initiative. 

Jo is the lead author of a book on development indicators produced by UNDP and has co-edited a book discussing implications of climate change commitments for developing countries. She is a contributing author and reviewer for UNEP’s Green Economy Report. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Agriculture and Resource Economics, and a Masters in Development Economics.

Selected publications