Keynote speakers

Social and Cultural Landscapes

Victoria (Vickie) Hovane

Victoria Hovane is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA.

Vickie is an experienced consultant and practitioner with a background in psychology, having worked in a number of social welfare, legal, victim and offender services, research projects and advisory roles over the past 30 years. Vickie is the Managing Director of Tjallara Consulting Pty Ltd and she has been appointed as a member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Preventing Violence against Women and their Children, and as an Independent Director on the Board of Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety (ANROWS). She is also a member of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Leadership Forum, and the Advisory Panel to the WA Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations FDV Fatality Review Committee. Recent roles have been as Co-Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association, and Member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council. 

Vickie has a particular interest in evaluation in Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal concepts of program/service/strategy success.


Organisational, Political and Economic Landscapes

Kathryn Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer is the Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches graduate level courses on public and nonprofit program evaluation, and research design. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2012–2015), and will begin service as AEA president in January 2017.  She routinely conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has designed and conducted evaluations for many U.S. federal agencies and dozens of nonprofit organizations.

Kathryn has published five books, including The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (4th edition 2015) and Transformational Leadership: Leading Change in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (June 2008), a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and over 60 articles in journals including the Public Administration Review and the American Journal of Evaluation.

Kathryn served as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006–2007. She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04). She received the Elmer Staats Award for Achievements in Government Accountability, awarded by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (2008). She has lectured on performance measurement and public program evaluation in Ukraine, Brazil, Italy, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Costa Rica, Egypt, Taiwan, Colombia, Nicaragua, and the UK.

Kathryn earned a B.S. in secondary education and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa.


Natural and Built Landscapes

Ziad Moussa

Ziad Moussa is the President of the International Organization of Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), and the Co-Chair of EvalPartners. The IOCE represents national and regional Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Middle East. It strengthens international evaluation through the exchange of evaluation methods, theories and practice, and promotes good governance and recognition of the value evaluation has in improving peoples’ lives. It is committed to cultural diversity, inclusiveness and bringing different evaluation traditions together in respect of that diversity.

EvalPartners is an innovative partnership to enhance the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to influence policy makers, public opinion and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness. EvalPartners brings together over 45 international development agencies, regional evaluation networks, foundations, NGOs and others, The objective of the Initiative is to enhance the capacities of CSOs to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, contributing to improved country-led evaluation systems and policies that are equity-focused and gender equality responsive.

Ziad has over 20 years of experience in leading complex multi-country evaluations across the Global South in well over 40 countries and with almost every major donor on the circuit. He is credited for the Arabization of the reference book Outcome Mapping: Building Reflection and Learning into Development Programs as well as several articles on facilitation, evaluation and communication for development.


Evaluation Landscapes

John Owen

In keeping with his academic interests in knowledge utilization, John Owen is committed to evaluation strategies that promote change and improvement in policy and program delivery. He is of the view that commissioned evaluations should respond to the knowledge needs of decision makers in government and industry, a view that has formed the basis of over 40 evaluative investigations he has undertaken over the past two decades. 

He was awarded the ETS prize for outstanding contributions to evaluation by the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2003.  He was awarded a Universitas21 Scholarship by Melbourne University for outstanding leadership in teaching and led a team that developed an innovative post-graduate training program in evaluation on the internet, which now caters for students from across Australasia and overseas.

He is a regular contributor to journals and at international evaluation conferences in Australia and overseas. His book: Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches provides an integrated framework to evaluation theory and practice that has had favourable reviews worldwide. A third edition was published in Australasia in 2006 and was released in the USA through Guildford Press. The book has been translated into several languages.

John has an Honours degree in physics from Melbourne University and a PhD from Monash University. He continues to be interested in the adoption of scientific and technical innovations and the measurement of their impact.