Oscar Garcia

Chief Impact Officer
Oscar Garcia GEAPP

Oscar A. Garcia is the Chief Impact Officer at GEAPP, responsible for developing and implementing a rigorous Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework. Prior to joining the Alliance, Oscar was the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he was responsible for providing strategic direction, thought leadership and credible evaluations in advancing UNDP’s work to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Oscar has more than 25 years of experience in leading areas of strategic planning, evaluation, learning and results-based management. Oscar has served across three UN agencies in senior management roles and has championed agriculture and rural development, environment and natural resource management, poverty reduction and sustainable development.Oscar was the Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) based in Rome.

Previously, Oscar has served as the head of the advisory services for Green Economy at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) promoting the transition to an inclusive green economy. Before that, as Senior Evaluation Advisor, at the UNDP Evaluation Office he oversaw programmatic and thematic evaluations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean. Oscar has held other notable positions including Managing Director of Proactiva, and Director-General for trade policies at the Bolivian Ministry of Economic Development.

Oscar has held various board positions in financial organizations. Most recently, he was Chair of the United Nations Evaluation Group, and Chair of the Evaluation Cooperation Group of international financial institutions. He has authored two books and numerous reports and articles on development evaluation. The most recent one on the use of Information and Communication Technologies applied to evaluation most notably, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Oscar A. Garcia holds a Master’s degree in organizational change management from New School University, New York and an MBA from the Bolivian Catholic University in association with the Harvard Institute for International Development. He holds a BS in Economics, University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.