Sarah Cook (Chair) is Adjunct with the Institute for Global Development of the University of New South Wales, Australia and formerly Director of the Institute. From 2015 to 2019, she was Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti and, from 2009 to 2015, Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and has also worked for the Ford Foundation in China. Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Social Policy in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics. Her research has focused in particular on China's social and economic transformations, including work on labour markets and employment, gender, poverty and inequality and social welfare reforms. Recent projects have included a long-term study on social protection in Asia, research on migration and health in China and work on the implications of China’s rise for international development. Current interests include new directions in social policy being taken by emerging and developing countries in the context of financial, social and environmental crisis.
Petru Dumitriu is a career diplomat, specialized in United Nations matters. He earned his doctorate with a thesis on the United Nations reform. He was deputy permanent representative of Romania to the United Nations, in New York and Geneva, and Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Council of Europe to the United Nations–Geneva. He served as representative of his country in various governing bodies of United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNESCO) and in the Bureaus of several General Assembly subsidiary bodies.
Between 2016-2020 he worked with the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system as Inspector, elected by the General Assembly. He authored, among others, the JIU reports on “Knowledge Management in the United Nations system”, “The United Nations – private sector partnership arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda”, “Strengthening policy research uptake”, and “Policies and platforms in support of learning. Towards more coherence, coordination and convergence”. He received the Knowledge Management Award in 2017 and the Sustainable Development Award in 2019 for his reports. He now works as a senior fellow and lecturer at DiploFoundation.
Patti P. Phillips is President and CEO of ROI Institute, Inc., the leader in measurement, evaluation, and the use of ROI in human resources, training and development, and performance improvement. Clients include for-profit, not-for-profit, nongovernmental, and inter-governmental organizations in over 60 countries. Through delivery of training programs, consulting services, research, and publications, ROI Institute helps organizations develop capacity in monitoring and evaluation.
In 2014, Dr. Phillips joined The Conference Board as Principal Research Fellow to support research in human capital analytics. In 2015, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) selected her as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) Fellow for her contribution to the learning and development field and the CPLP certification. Since 2015, Dr. Phillips has been serving as board chair of the Center for Talent Reporting. In 2017, she began serving as chair of the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) People Analytics Board. In this capacity, she works with leaders of the people analytics function for major corporations as they use analytics to drive strategic business decisions.
Dr. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College, and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Auburn University. She serves on the faculty of the UN System Staff College and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has authored and co-authored with her husband, Dr. Jack J. Phillips, over 50 books on the topics of assessment, measurement, and evaluation.
Ritu Shroff has 30 years of experience throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States as a global leader and manager with organizations working in public health and human development. Her career path reflects a strong commitment to social justice and basic human rights, especially for women and children. She has a track record in providing mature, stable and values-based leadership and management in complex non-profit organizations, including philanthropic foundations, the UN multilateral system, and civil society organizations. Her expertise lies in guiding and designing strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment and learning processes and systems for large and complex organizations, with deep experience in strategic planning, programme design and management, impact assessment, organizational systems for monitoring, evaluation, and learning, results based management, civil society and social accountability, HIV/AIDS, family planning and RH, youth and gender.