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Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Nadini Persaud


Meet Dr. Nadini Persaud, lecturer and recent co-author of the book "The Role of Monitoring and Evaluation in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda." 

Areas of Specialization

Monitoring and Evaluation
Project Management
Accounting
Cost Analysis
 
Background
Dr. Nadini Persaud is a Lecturer in Evaluation in the Department of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. She is a Fulbright scholar. She holds a B.Sc. Accounting (First Class Honours) and a M.Sc. Project Management and Evaluation (Distinction) both from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and a Ph.D. Evaluation from Western Michigan University in the USA. She also holds two professional designations—CGA (Gold Award) from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada and CPA from the Chartered Professional Accountants, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Research and Publications
Dr. Persaud publications include 11 referee journal articles, 14 encyclopedia articles, 3 referee book chapters, two referred co-authored books, namely, Nuts and Bolts of Research Methodology: From Conceptualization to Write-Up and The Role of Monitoring and Evaluation in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. She also has a single authored referee book in press titled Strengthening Program Evaluation Culture in the English Speaking Commonwealth Caribbean: A Guide for Evaluations Practitioners and Decision-Makers in the Public, Private, and NGO Sectors. She has presented twenty peer reviewed conference papers at the American Evaluation Association, a dozen of which has been focused on integrating cost analysis into professional evaluations.
 
Teaching
Dr. Persaud teaches primarily at the graduate level in the areas of project management and monitoring and evaluation. At the undergraduate level she teaches accounting and project management. During her time at the UWI, she has supervised dozens of Practicum students in the M.Sc. Project Management and Evaluation program. Her philosophy to teaching is focused on encouraging students to strive for excellence and to take their university studies seriously since it provides the pathway for upward mobility.

University Service
Dr. Persaud has served on a number of departmental, faculty and university committees including:-
  • Program Coordinator, M.Sc. Project Management and Evaluation 2009-2016.
  • Non-professorial representative of academic staff on Academic Board, Cave Hill Campus.
  • Campus Committee on Examinations.
  • Campus Library Committee.
  • WIGUTs Vice President, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, and Faculty of Social Science Representative.
  • Organized and Chaired a Conference Strengthening the Role of Evaluation in the Caribbean in 2016. The conference was a collaborate venture between The UWI, The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and Carlton University in Canada. The conference was sponsored by the CDB.
  • Organized and Co-Chaired the Department of Management Studies 3rd International Management Conference Effective Management Strategies for Developing Countries  in 2008.
 
Public Service
Dr. Persaud’s public service has been primarily regional and international. Notable positions include:-
  • Two 3-year terms on the Finance Board (FAB) of the American Evaluation Association. Chair 2014 and 2019.
  • Program Chair Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, and Economics (CEBE) Topical Interest Group (TIG), American Evaluation Association, USA since 2008.
  • Serving as the Chair/Discussant for 19 panel discussions at the American Evaluation Association.
  • Director of Professional Development and Training, Caribbean Evaluators International 2021.
  • Council Member, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada—Barbados Chapter Advisory Council since 2020.
  • Director, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada—Barbados Chapter 2015-2020. Served on several sub-committees for the same time period.
  • Member of the Faster Forward Fund (FFF) Advisory Committee, USA (a private foundation established by Professor Michael Scriven, one of the three founding fathers of evaluation) to accelerate the theory, practice and profession of evaluation. This position has been held since 2012.