Board of Commissioners

The work of 3ie is overseen by a Board of Commissioners, which is elected by the members.

The board comprises eleven members, representing different backgrounds, including policymakers from developing countries and high-profile representatives who help promote 3ie.

Ruth Levine is the new chair of the 3ie Board of Commissioners 

3ie is pleased to announce that Ruth Levine has taken over from Richard Manning as chair of our board. Ruth, a development economist and expert in global health, education, and evaluation, has served on the 3ie board for the past two years. She currently serves as the director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Programme. 

Click here to read the edited version of a Q&A with 3ie's executive director Emmanuel Jimenez and Ruth Levine over email. In this conversation, Ruth shares her early thoughts on serving as board chair during a time when impact evaluation is evolving quickly. 

Welcome message from the executive director

As the incoming 3ie board chair, Ruth Levine, is a natural. She is someone whose research, work and many significant contributions in our sector ensure that her leading role in 3ie will benefit our organisation and work as we embark on our new strategy 2020. In many ways, her vision and leadership, expressed with colleagues in the ground-breaking work, When will we ever learn? Improving lives through impact evaluation is the reason 3ie exists. Her reputation in the generation and use of rigorous evidence of development programmes is indisputable. Her leadership and advocacy for evidenced-informed decision-making have shaped thinking in major development agencies, including USAID, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her research and other publications in global health, demography and other areas are often cited as models on how to make evidence ‘speak’ to decision makers.

On behalf of the entire management team and the staff at 3ie, I welcome Ruth warmly. We all look forward to working together on our shared passion for strengthening impact evaluation, evidence synthesis and evidence use in development that really does help improve the lives of poor people in low- and middle-income countries.

Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, 3ie


Richard Manning completes his five-year term as the chair, Board of Commissioners on 31 May 2017.

Richard Manning, the present chair of the Board of Commissioners completed his five-year term on 31 May 2017.


Message of appreciation from the 3ie executive director
During a dinner on the eve of the last Board meeting that he was to chair, Richard Manning was treated to a surprise farewell concert featuring a clarinet and string quintet. When he, an accomplished cellist, then gamely accepted the quintet’s invitation to join them, he left behind an enduring image. Here was someone who, at a moment’s notice, could step up, with a smile, and share with us his commensurate skills and expertise. There is nothing he can’t do elegantly and well.

Richard leaves an indelible and profound imprint on 3ie during his five-year tenure as chair of our Board of Commissioners. Among his many contributions during this important phase of our growth, three stand out. First, under his leadership, 3ie’s board has been highly effective in providing strategic guidance and supporting 3ie management. This, no doubt, has been due in great part to Richard’s skill, honed during a sterling career with OECD-DAC and the British civil service among other places, in decisively steering discussions, making sense of seemingly dispersed discussions and providing clear follow-up to his fellow commissioners, as well as to 3ie management. 

Second, his stature in the field of development burnished 3ie’s brand as a global trendsetter in impact evaluation and systematic reviews. Richard’s reputation and contacts as a renowned figure in the tough business of fighting worldwide poverty opened many doors for 3ie among donors and L&MICs alike. Richard continues to be a relentless champion for 3ie, as is obvious in the closing remarks at the 3ie Washington Evidence Week 2017(watch the video) .

Third, and not least, Richard has been a mentor and role model to me and the rest of the management and staff at 3ie. He is the consummate professional whose passion for bringing evidence to decision-making has been an inspiration to us all.

Richard, we will miss you
Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, 3ie


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