Biography of the President

Dr. Marie-Hélène Adrien is the President of Universalia and a senior consultant who specializes in evaluation, capacity building in monitoring and evaluation, and research in the field of evaluation. She has conducted assignments in more than 80 countries, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean and Latin America. As the President of Universalia she is proud to lead the new generation of Universalia consultants in addressing challenges in international development. Under her presidency, Universalia was nominated as the Best Business of the Year (2007) by the International Chamber of Commerce of Montreal. Dr. Adrien was awarded the Montreal Business Woman of the Year award in 2004. Dr. Adrien is very active in the evaluation field, as Past President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and as the author of several publications on evaluation, including Assessing Organisational Performance- a Tool box for Self Assessment which has been a leading instrument in the world for assessing the performance of private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to her consulting work, Dr. Adrien is a faculty member of the McGill International Executive Institute and of the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (Carleton University and the World Bank). Dr. Adrien has been a member of the Board of several organizations, including Le Bureau des relations internationales de l’École Polytechnique (Montréal), the Canadian Evaluation Society, and la Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme. She also volunteers for organizations such as the YMCA of Greater Montreal and the Scout Association of Greater Montreal. Originally from Haiti, Dr. Adrien is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Créole. Discover more on Dr. Marie-Hélène Adrien by reading the articles below.