Robert Van Heest, Vice President at IBTCI, is an international development specialist with nearly 20 years experience in development consulting with an emphasis on monitoring & evaluation and economic growth, particularly in conflict and post-conflict environments. Mr. Van Heest has served at IBTCI for 15 years, managing several of IBTCI’s flagship projects including the $22 million USAID/Iraq Monitoring and Evaluation Performance Program, Phase II, which provided performance monitoring, evaluation, technical and advisory services and data quality analysis on behalf of the Mission in Baghdad from 2005 to 2009. Currently, he provides oversight and technical guidance to IBTCI’s $14 million Yemen portfolio which provides M&E and technical services to USAID/Yemen Mission, and USAID’s Offices of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Food for Peace. Mr. Van Heest also serves as IQC Manager of the USAID Evaluation Services IQC, where he is responsible for leading the IBTCI consortium’s pursuit and management of task orders. Mr. Van Heest has nearly five years of field experience managing regional and country programs in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. He has conducted several short-term assignments in Yemen, including serving as acting Chief of Party to the Yemen M&E Project. Prior to his tenure at IBTCI, he served as Regional Director in Central Asia for the Financial Services Volunteer Corps where he worked closely with the national and commercial banks in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Van Heest received his MA in Russian and East European Studies from George Washington University, and is fluent in English and Russian.