Before joining CGIAR, Ibtissem Jouini served as a Regional Evaluations Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, where she managed decentralized evaluations and designed capacity development activities within the FAO Office of Evaluation (OED). Prior to this role, she led multiple independent evaluations and studies. Her professional journey also includes substantial contributions to International Development Organizations and Foundations. In these positions, she operated either as M&E or Program Manager for various national, regional, and global projects. She actively participates in several evaluation associations. She leads the working group on the professionalization of evaluation at the Asociación Ibérica de Profesionales Evaluadores (APROEVAL), and she is a member of the European Evaluation Society (EES), and the MENA Evaluators Network (EvalMena). A Tunisian national, Ibtissem is fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish, and English. She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Evaluation from the Saarland University, Germany, and another Master degree in Microbiology from the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis and Pasteur Institute, Tunisia.