Geeta Batra

Geeta Batra
Job Title:
Chief Evaluation Officer

Geeta Batra is currently Chief Evaluator and Deputy Director for evaluation at the Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF. She has over 25 years of experience in international development, including 15 years of experience in program evaluation. She joined the World Bank after spending two years at American Express in New York where she was a senior manager of risk. She joined the World Bank's private sector development department for seven years (1998-2005) implementing competitiveness projects in East Asia and Latin America, and then with the International Finance Corporation as head and chief evaluator for the IFC advisory services portfolio. She subsequently joined the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank as chief evaluator and manager for country and corporate thematic evaluations. In 2015 she joined the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility as Chief Evaluator and Deputy Director. In her current role she manages a team of evaluation professionals, and provides oversight on the design, implementation and quality of evaluations. Geeta has co-authored books and articles and managed over 100 evaluations. She has a Ph.D in Economics and an M.BA in Finance.

Staff Publications


  • Transformational Change for People and the Planet ( ): Book
  • Environmental Evaluation and Global Development Institutions ( ): Book


  • Evaluating Environmental Interventions in the Yellow Sea during the Pandemic ( ): Blog
  • Programs combating Illegal Wildlife Trade are instrumental in controlling and preventing pandemics ( ): Blog
  • Evaluating the Impact of Environmental Interventions during a Global Quarantine ( ): Blog


  • Examining the Links between GEF Interventions and an International Pandemic ( ): English1.83 MB
  • Health Co-Benefits of GEF Chemicals and Waste Focal Area ( ): English1.17 MB
  • The Use of Remote Sensing Analysis for Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects in the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem ( ): English2.12 MB
  • Exploring the Socioeconomic Co-benefits of Global Environment Facility Projects in Uganda Using a Quasi-Experimental Geospatial Interpolation (QGI) Approach ( ): English4.5 MB
  • Improving International Developme nt Evaluation through Geo spatial Data and Analysis ( ): English866.26 KB
  • Evaluating Carbon Sequestration ( ): English384.18 KB
  • GEF and the SDGs ( ): English488.65 KB
  • From MDGs to SDGs - Evaluating Global Environmental Benefits ( ): English9.64 MB