Dr Neissan Alessandro Besharati is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Global Dialogue and a research associate at several prominent international development think-tanks. He is a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), as well as a senior M&E technical specialist for the African Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA). He provides regular policy advice and consulting services to various government departments, bilateral donors, international institutions and corporate social investors. He has worked for over 15 years in the international development industry on five continents serving on senior management and advisory positions with governments, NGOs and various UN agencies. He currently serves on various UN and OECD expert groups, and has served as an aid effectiveness advisor for South Africa’s engagement in global development debates.