Rob is President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) since 2014. His part-time positions include Visiting Professor at the Department for International Development at King’s College, London and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Development Impact at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. He is the Chair of the Advisory Group on Evaluation and Learning at the Climate Investment Funds at the World Bank, and an advisor to the Independent Evaluation Unit of the Green Climate Fund, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of Wilton Park in the UK.
His past positions include Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (2004-2014), Director of the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2004), Senior Advisor on Research at the European Commission and various positions in Dutch development cooperation. From 2002 to 2004 he was the chairman of the OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation. He has published more than 30 articles on development, research and evaluation and has co-edited five books. He studied contemporary history at the University of Groningen in Netherlands.