Biography of the President

Katrina Rojas has a 25-year career in international cooperation and evaluation, specializing in institutional assessments and evaluation of global programmes and partnerships. She has broad methodological scope in evaluation, drawing on theory-based approaches, feminist, realist, utilization-focused, developmental, and systems thinking.

With her Costa Rican roots and American upbringing, Katrina was well positioned to see the world through a multi-cultural lens when she joined Universalia in 2001 and went on to undertake regular assignments in several Latin American, Caribbean, African, and Asian countries. She has led evaluation teams with a fervent belief in social change and gender equality.

As senior evaluator and a long-time partner in the firm, Katrina has an in-depth understanding of the environment in which Universalia operates and has built her reputation managing complex assignments such as organizational performance assessments of multilateral organizations on behalf of the Multilateral Organizational Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN), and evaluations for bilateral international cooperation agencies (Australia, Canada, Finland, the UK, foundations (Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), international NGOs (IUCN), Multilateral Development Banks (CDB, ADB, IDB, World Bank), UN agencies (UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF, WFP, UNCDF), and global funds and partnership programs (Global Partnership for Education, infoDev, and Water and Sanitation Program). In the Montreal community, she has been engaged with a literacy center and local hospital patient advisory committees. 

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in International Relations from Pomona College in California, and a Master of Public Affairs from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. She is fully bilingual English-Spanish and fluent in French.