Neissan Alessandro Besharati
Nationality: South African
Dr Neissan Alessandro Besharati is a project manager at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and a research associate at several prominent international development think-tanks. He is a honorary research fellow and a part-time lecturer at the Wits School of Governance, as well as a senior M&E technical specialist for the African Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA). He provides regular policy advice and consulting services to various government departments, bilateral donors, international institutions and corporate social investors. He has worked for over 15 years in the international development industry on five continents serving on senior management and advisory positions with governments, NGOs and various UN agencies. He currently serves on various UN and OECD expert groups, and has served as an aid effectiveness advisor for South Africa’s engagement in global development debates.
Dr Besharati holds a Masters in International Social Development from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and a PhD in Public Policy and Development Management from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).