Dennis Bours works for the IEO as evaluation officer with emphasis on adaptation and resilience. Dennis’ focus is on the GEF adaptation portfolio, consisting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA). His cross-cutting focus is on resilience thinking within the GEF and in evaluation products, as well as applying a gender lens in evaluations. He has also developed guidance on principles of indicator development, specific to adaptation interventions.
Dennis has worked globally for fifteen years as a humanitarian and sustainable development professional, with longer term missions in Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Congo Dem. Rep., Indonesia, Kenya, Libya, Sudan and Thailand. He has diverse experience in change management, monitoring and evaluation, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian operations management and staff capacity building. As team leader of the Pact / Rockefeller Foundation SEA Change Community of Practice he elevated the adaptation and resilience M&E discussion, being among those setting the agenda and future direction in relation to adaptation and resilience M&E. He has co-authored and co-edited various guidance notes, evaluation reviews and M&E manuals, and co-edited the New Directions for Evaluation journal special edition focusing on adaptation and resilience M&E.
Dennis is liaison representative to the ISO Sub-Committee 7 on GHG management and related standards, committee member of the Kresge/ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment Advisors Group, advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation resilience community, and steering committee member of the Climate Knowledge Brokers group.
Dennis earned his Bachelors in Commercial Engineering at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, an MSc in Sustainable Development and Technology Management from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, and a second MSc in Supply Chain Management, with a focus on climate risk management in global supply chains, from Robert Gordon University, UK. He has continued to extend his knowledge by engaging in various leadership and change management studies from Cornell University's proactive leadership program.
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