Our Team

The IEA team is a small team based in Rome, Italy and hosted at the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the UN.

Rachel Sauvinet-Bedouin has more than 25 years of professional experience in evaluation and in the international food and agriculture sector. Rachel gained a Masters and post-Masters degree in economics and development economics, respectively, from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. Her earlier career included posts in the Asian Development Bank, the French Research Centre for Agriculture Development (CIRAD), and FAO’s Economic and Social Department. Before joining CGIAR in late 2012, she was a senior evaluation officer in FAO’s Office of Evaluation, where she managed strategic and complex evaluations and contributed to international evaluation quality standards and systems, including co-chairing several task forces of the United Nations Evaluation Group.

Jenin Assaf

Evaluation Officer/ Knowldge Sharing Manager

Jenin joined IEA in November 2013 and serves as an Evaluation Officer in managing program and policy evaluations of CGIAR, as well as lead the communication and knowledge sharing efforts of the unit.  Her experiences with CGIAR include working with as Program Manager and Communications Specialist with the Independent Science And Partnership Council (ISPC), the former ICT-KM Program of CGIAR as well as the Global Crop Diversity Trust – all part of the CGIAR family. Prior to joining the CGIAR, she worked as Program Director in prominent international organizations to develop complex intervention programs and projects in the Middle East and Afghanistan, including Search for Common Ground and Vital Voices Global Partnership. She holds both Palestinian and US nationalities, and speaks fluent English, Arabic, and Italian, and has completed her Masters of Arts in International Development from University of Washington, USA.

Federica Coccia

Evaluation Analyst

Federica works as an Evaluation Analyst for the CGIAR-IEA, based at FAO in Rome. Prior to joining the CGIAR, She worked for FAO for 12 years, mainly in project management, gender, evaluation and administration. She collaborated with the Evaluation Service of FAO on various evaluations including the 2006 Independent External Evaluation (IEE) of FAO. Following the IEE, She was also closely involved in FAO’s reform process. Her academic background is in development economics and she speaks English, French and some Spanish.