Dr. Uma Lele is a development economist with extensive experience in research, operations, policy analysis and evaluation.
As Senior Advisor in the World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department (now called the Independent Evaluation Group), she led complex evaluations of the World Bank’s Forest Strategy, Global Partnership Programs, and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Uma also co-chaired an International Taskforce of the China Council on Environment and Development (CCICED) on forests and grasslands. She served as a panel member of the Independent External Evaluation of the FAO and has been on numerous advisory panels.
She was a Graduate Research Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of Florida, co-chaired an international taskforce on Global Research on the Environmental and Agricultural Nexus (GREAN), established and directed the Global Development Initiative of the Carter Center and the Carnegie Corporation. Uma also served on the CGIAR’s founding board of the Center for International Policy Research, and later on the CGIAR’s Technical Advisory Committee.
Uma has published several books, monographs and papers. Her early publications include Food Grain Marketing in India: Private Performance and Public Policy and the Design of Rural Development: Lessons from Africa.