2010 Conference on Program Evaluation - Plenary Speaker Biographies

Message from the Performance Improvement Officer:
Sid Kaplan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the U.S. Department of State’s Third Annual Conference on Program Evaluation. This year’s conference theme, Paradigms for Evaluating Diplomacy in the 21st Century, places program evaluation as a central and key activity for informing decisions on how U.S. foreign policy can best be carried out around the globe. It is my strong belief that evaluating program performance and ensuring return on investment can most effectively be achieved using a variety of tools and methods and with a strategic vision grounded in organizational and leadership commitment to performance management. 
       Over the next one and a half days you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with experts and leaders in the field of program evaluation. These professionals make active use of diplomacy and  development tools and the resources of partner institutions to analyze and pursue long-term strategies for achieving security, prosperity and opportunity around the world. At this conference we welcome the dedicated employees of the Department of State and USAID, our colleagues from other federal agencies and from partner institutions including academic institutions, and guests from overseas. We have much to learn together as we continue to seek greater accountability in our programs while building a world characterized by peace, security and prosperity.

Date: 06/18/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageSid Kaplan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
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Sid Kaplan is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and is the most senior ranked Financial Management Officer in the Foreign Service. Sid began his career in the Federal Government in 1980 and joined the Foreign Service in 1986. He has served in a variety of overseas locations as well as Washington, including the Philippines, Mauritania, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
      From 1995 to 2000, he was the Managing Director of the International Financial Services Directorate, responsible for all activities at the Department’s three regional financial service centers in Paris, Bangkok and Charleston. From August 2000 to June 2001, Sid was a member of the 43rd Senior Seminar, the Department’s executive leadership program available to senior foreign policy and national security officials of the international affairs agencies of the USG. After returning to the Financial Management bureau in July 2001, Mr. Kaplan led the Department’s efforts to consolidate the Financial Service Centers and expand the Charleston Financial Service Center.
      Sid has received numerous Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, and Senior Performance Pay. He was appointed the Department’s first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic and Performance Planning in the new Bureau of Resource Management in June 2002. Sid has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageChuck Hagel, Former U.S. Senator, Nebraska
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The Honorable Chuck Hagel is a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is Co-Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; Chairman of the Atlantic Council; a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board and Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future; and is a member of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) board of directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Chevron Corporation; the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank Americas; Corsair Capital; Pfizer’s Emerging Markets and Developed Economies Boards; M.I.C. Industries; Kaseman LLC; is a Director of the Zurich Holding Company of America; and is a Senior Advisor to McCarthy Capital Corporation.
       Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He Chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance; and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.
       Hagel is the author of the recently published America: Our Next Chapter, a straightforward examination of the current state of our nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century.
       He serves on the advisory boards of directors of many institutions including: America Abroad Media; American Security Project; Center for the Study of the Presidency; Commission on Climate & Tropical Forests; EastWest Institute Chairman’s Council; Director Emeritus, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute; the German Marshall Fund’s Trade and Poverty Forum; Global Zero Campaign; Initiative for Global Development; Lung Cancer Alliance’s Honorary Board of Directors; Ploughshares Fund; U.S. Institute of Peace Middle East Senior Working Group; and the U.S. Middle East Project. He is a Trustee of Bellevue University and is co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.
       Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980s, Hagel co-founded Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and former Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration.

Foreign Media Panel
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Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageKim Ghattas, BBC - Foreign Media Panelist
Kim Ghattas joined the BBC in 2000 reporting from Beirut. Since January 2008 she has been the BBC's State Department correspondent based in Washington, DC. Kim was part of the Emmy-award winning BBC team that covered the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
      Kim began working as a freelance journalist while still at university, writing for the Lebanese Daily Star, an English language daily; she then worked for several US newspapers as well as the Financial Times. She has covered many high profile stories in Lebanon, including the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. 
      Kim graduated from French language school in Lebanon and from the American University of Beirut with a BA in Political Science.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImagePatrícia Campos Mello, O Estado de Sao Paulo - Foreign Media Panelist
Patrícia Campos Mello has been the Washington Correspondent for O Estado de Sao Paulo since October 2006. She covered the 2008 U.S. elections and had exclusive interviews with former president George W Bush and former presidential candidate John McCain. She has been on many military assignments, covering stories in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and Quantico. 
       Prior to her position as Washington Correspondent, Patrícia was a senior reporter for O Estado de S Paulo covering International Trade, Macroeconomics and Politics. She has spent time reporting in China, Germany, India and Japan. 
       Patricia has a master's degree in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Universidade de São Paulo. She speaks fluent English, German and Spanish, in addition to her native Portuguese. She has published books about Brazilian relations with India and China.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageShinichiro Serita, Kyodo News - Foreign Media Panelist
Shinichiro Serita is currently Kyodo News correspondent at the Washington bureau. Prior to his work in Washington, Shinichiro was correspondent to the China general bureau from 2007-2010. 
       Shinichiro Serita joined Kyodo News in 1996 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Waseda University. He began his work as a staff writer at the Nagoya bureau and then spent a year studying Chinese at Beijing Normal University. After his academic year, Shinichiro returned to Kyodo, gaining experience in the political department and the foreign news department.

Date: 06/18/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImagePatty Culhane, Al Jazeera - Foreign Media Panelist
Patty Culhane is the Washington correspondent for Al Jazeera English. Prior to working at Al Jazeera English, she worked at MSNBC as a White House correspondent where she traveled both domestically and internationally with President Bush.
       From 2000 to 2006 she worked at NBC affiliate WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Virginia as a military reporter. She has traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe to cover all branches of the armed services.

Date: 05/11/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageRick Ruth - Moderator
Rick Ruth is the Director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State. Rick is responsible for ensuring that educational and cultural programs are consistent with U.S. foreign policy and for the evaluation of programs implemented under the Fulbright-Hays Act.  He established the Department's first office of alumni affairs.
      Rick Ruth is a former Foreign Service Officer and career member of the Senior Executive Service.  He joined the United States Information Agency in the mid-1970s as a Russian-speaking staff member.
      He also did stints as Chief of the USIA Operations Center and as USSR Country Affairs Officer.  He was Deputy Chief of Staff to four directors of USIA, from 1988-1999.  With the integration of USIA and State, Rick became the first person to hold the position of Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (1999-2002).

Plenary Speakers

Date: 06/03/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageShelley Metzenbaum, Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget
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Shelley H. Metzenbaum serves as the Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, reporting to the nation's first Chief Performance Officer. She previously served as founding director of the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston's McCormack School, associate administrator for Regional Operations and State/Local Relations at the U.S. EPA, undersecretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts capital budget director, executive director of Harvard's Kennedy School Executive Session on Public Sector Performance Management, and executive director of the Environmental Compliance Consortium. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Date: 05/25/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageRuth Levine, USAID Senior Advisor for Evaluation and the Director of Evaluation, Policy Analysis, and Learning
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Ruth Levine is currently the USAID Senior Advisor for Evaluation and the Director of Evaluation, Policy Analysis, and Learning. Previously, Dr. Levine was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Vice President for programs and operations.
      Dr. Levine joined CGD soon after it was created in the fall of 2001 and helped to shape the Center’s unique approach to making the world a better place: conducting independent research to devise practical new policy solutions to reduce global poverty and inequality, and then pushing these ideas into action.
      Dr. Levine, a highly regarded development economist and an expert in particular on global health and education, has been closely associated with some of the Center’s best known successes. She is also a co-author of a recent pair of influential CGD reports on development and adolescent girls.

Foreign Ministries Panel
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Ruth Wiseman, United Kingdom Representative - Foreign Ministries Panelist
Dr. Ruth Wiseman is Head of Research and Evaluation in the Communication Directorate of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her role is to ensure that audience insight and ongoing learning underpin the Directorate’s public diplomacy and strategic campaigning work. Previously she was a Senior Analyst in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit where she was responsible for developing and using innovative analytical and delivery methodologies to influence decision making and drive delivery across a number of high profile policy areas including immigration, crime and transport. Dr. Wiseman is an experienced research and evaluation specialist having worked for five government departments during her eight years in the Civil Service. Prior to that, she undertook her PhD research at the University of Sheffield.

Date: 05/19/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageMarc Calcoen, Belgium Representative - Foreign Ministries Panelist
Marc Calcoen is currently serving as the Deputy to the Secretary General or Permanent Secretary of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibility is primarily management of the ministry.
       Mr. Calcoen was born in Ieper, Belgium and studied law as well as political and social sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He also obtained an LL.M (Master of Laws) from the University of Virginia. After working in banking for two years, he transferred to the Foreign Ministry upon successful completion of the diplomatic exam. He was posted to Tokyo (second secretary, 1990-1994), Buenos Aires (consul-general and deputy head of mission, 1994-1996), and Paris (political counselor, 1996-1999).
      Upon his return to Brussels, he was the advisor to the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry and from 2000 to 2002 deputy head of cabinet of the Minister President of Flanders. He then worked at the permanent representation of Belgium to the EU as “Antici” or closest collaborator of the permanent representative. From August 2005 to September 2009, he was the ambassador of Belgium to Singapore and Brunei.
      He enjoys eclectic art, traveling worldwide, reading nonfiction, and playing sports. Mr. Calcoen speaks Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and some Japanese.

Date: 06/18/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageKentaro Fujimoto, Japan Representative - Foreign Ministries Panelist
Kentaro Fujimoto is currently the First Secretary, Management and Coordination Section of the Embassy of Japan. Prior to assuming this role in 2008, Mr. Fujimoto was the Principal Deputy Director of the UN Policy Division in the Foreign Policy Bureau and the Principal Deputy Director of the International Trade Division in the Economic Affairs Bureau.
      Mr. Fujimoto entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. He first worked in the Japan-US Security Treaty Division. From 2000 – 2002, he worked in the Oceana Division of the Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau. In his next career move, Mr. Fujimoto was Assistant to the Parliamentary Vice Minister before becoming a Principal Deputy Director.
      Kentaro Fujimoto received his Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in 1997. He graduated from the Law Faculty at the University of Tokyo in 1994.

Date: 04/30/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageRené Dinesen, Denmark Representative - Foreign Ministries Panelist
René Dinesen is Director of the Strategy & Policy Planning Unit of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Strategy Unit was established in 2009 to strengthen Danish foreign policy by taking a longer term, strategic view of global trends and making policy recommendations to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and to the Minister for Development Cooperation.
      Prior to his work at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dinesen was the Deputy Representative and Counsellor for the Mission of Denmark to the United Nations. In his role at the United Nations, Mr. Dinesen focused on Security Council affairs, Peace Building, Public Diplomacy and Press Relations. He began his start at the Danish Ministry, working for the Foreign Minister of Denmark and the Danish Permanent Secretary of State.
      René Dinesen began his career working as the Head of Section for the WTO, OECD, Climate Change, Relations to US and Japan. He then progressed to the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Denmark in Bucharest, Romania. He further graduated to the position as Head of Section for Foreign Policy Department, focusing on EU Enlargement, relations to France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
      He received his M.A. in International Relations and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.