Manuela joined the CGIAR Independent Evaluation Arrangement in September 2015 as an Evaluation Analyst. Before working for the CGIAR she worked in several international organizations, including UN Agencies and NGOs. Her last assignment was with the Evaluation Division of UNRWA in Jordan, managing external evaluations focused on various Agency interventions targeting Palestine refugees. Before then she worked as a Consultant for the Development Impact Evaluation Group of the World Bank in Kenya and Malawi and as a Field Coordinator for Impact Evaluation studies in Malawi with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). These various field-based assignments gave her insight into several aspects of conducting evaluations, including first-hand experience on data collection, survey development, data analysis, field team coordination and most recently evaluation management. She likes working in Evaluation as she believes that evaluation is key for better decision making and for the achievement of development results. Her academic background is in development economics and she speaks English, Italian and Spanish. She enjoys travelling, hiking and playing capoeira.