Dr. Ir. Paul Engel was a Senior Fellow at ECDPM from 2015-2016. From 2001 until 2015, he was ECDPM’s Director.
His primary field of interest is the role of knowledge in policy and its implementation. After long term field work in Africa and Latin America as irrigation and communication specialist, project and programme manager, he joined the Department of Communication and Innovation Studies of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and directed international research programmes on strengthening multi-stakeholder interaction for agricultural and rural innovation and developed a practical approach and method to facilitate multi-stakeholder innovation for development.
A published author (English, Spanish), he also taught social organisation of innovation for water management and agricultural value-chain development at the University of Concepción, Chile. As a consultant he gained long term experience in project, programme and policy evaluation. As manager he directed organisational change in development organisations and networks.
Currently, he specialises in global development, policy coherence, impact evaluation and (endogenous) capacity development, with special attention to agriculture, food security, and water resource management. Since 2012 he chairs the Steering Group for the establishment of the Dutch Food and Business Knowledge Forum.
Areas of Work
Director Paul Engel explains the work of ECDPM, a 'think and do tank'