Staff Information

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Consultant (Evaluation Specialist)
Naarm (Melbourne)
alex.g [at]

Alex has over a decade of experience in participatory design, monitoring, evaluation and learning processes in complex programming environments. His work and approach focuses on developing monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and systems that are tailored to organisational needs and capacities.

Prior to commencing with Lirata, Alex has supported and led the design of monitoring and evaluation processes in development and emergency contexts. This has spanned supporting local organisations to develop stronger monitoring and evaluation frameworks for anti corruption programming within the mining sector, developing organisational and project level Theories of Change, and coordinating project and multi country impact and outcome evaluations, focused on broad thematic areas such as disaster management and gender inclusion. During these projects, Alex led workshops with diverse stakeholders, designed and conducted interviews, and collected, analysed and presented complex quantitative and qualitative data. He brings strong skills in designing and facilitating workshops, training and presentations as part of evaluative processes. 

Alex has extensive experience working in cross-cultural environments, including in-country experience in Pakistan, Mongolia and Bangladesh, where he worked with local staff and community members. This included managing relationships, designing and delivering workshops in conjunction with interpreters, and conducting monitoring interviews with communities. Using this experience, Alex ensures that an understanding of, and respect for cultural dynamics, power relations and communication styles are included in all projects he is involved in. 

His qualifications are a Bachelor Of Social Sciences, focusing on social research methods, and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, as well as extensive training in impact evaluation, outcomes measurement and cross cultural partnerships. 


2011 Bachelor of Social Science, International Relations, Government and French Studies, University of Sydney
2017 Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, Impact Evaluation & Measurement, Social Investment and Philanthropy, Swinburne University

Key service areas



Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning design
Evaluation capacity building
Evaluation needs assessment
Impact measurement


Community development

Population groups

Refugees & culturally diverse groups

Working with Lirata

- current

Projects led by Alex

Other projects involving Alex