DARA Staff

spSoledad Posada
Deputy Director
Soledad is responsible for leading all project and organisational management processes and ensuring that DARA maximises the quality of its outputs. Since 2005, Soledad has worked for DARA as an evaluator of humanitarian response in complex emergencies. She specializes in monitoring and evaluation systems, mixed-method approaches, humanitarian policy and international quality and accountability standards. Her sectoral focus includes protection, refugee/IDP assistance, food security and livelihoods, and DRR interventions. In addition to evaluations, she has contributed to all the editions of the Humanitarian Response Index (HRI) and the Risk Reduction Index (RRI).

dbDaniel Barnes
Operations Manager
Daniel manages and coordinates DARA projects, and oversees relationships with several of the organisation’s partners. He has represented DARA at international events, including several UN conferences. Additionally, he has also been involved in the design of methodologies behind DARA’s recent work in disaster risk reduction and has contributed to the research of a number of DARA policy studies. Prior to joining DARA, he worked as an electoral observer in Bolivia during the run-up to the 2009 presidential elections.

bd3Belén Díaz
Evaluation Manager
Belén has 13 years experience in organisational development, capacity building and evaluation in the fields of accountability of public revenues and aid programmes, poverty reduction and resilience policies. She has managerial experience at field and headquarter levels and has collaborated with national governments, INGOs, UN Agencies, CSO, and research centres.

drDaniela Ruegenberg
Senior Researcher 
Daniela has 11 years experience as a researcher and quantitative & qualitative analyst. She is responsible for methodology design and data analysis. She has been involved as programme manager and researcher in projects such as the Humanitarian Response Index (HRI), OCHA Study: Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow, Thematic Study of the Paris Declaration, WFP’s School Feeding Programme impact evaluation in Cambodia, and Risk Reduction Index (RRI), among others.

Ana Rodríguezar
Evaluation Researcher
Ana does quantitative and qualitative analysis for evaluations and DRR research. She has been a part of the core team in projects such as the GFDRR program Evaluation, Risk Reduction Index and several WFP evaluations. Her field research experience includes Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras, Peru, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Prior to DARA, she worked as an environmental consultant and sustainability coordinator. Ana has a Master’s degree in Rural Planning and Development.

cmColleen McMillon
Researcher and Communications
Colleen provides research support to DARA’s evaluations and Risk Reduction Index and is responsible for communications. Prior to joining DARA, she worked for a training and organisational development consulting firm.  She has a Master’s degree in International Development, for which she undertook a research study on civic activism and women’s microfinance groups in Bolivia.

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mariesMarie Spaak
Senior Evaluator
Marie has 20 years experience working in the humanitarian field, principally with DG ECHO and OCHA, in emergencies resulting from conflict and natural disasters. She has long-term field experience in Europe (former-Yugoslavia, Russian Federation/North Caucasus), Africa (Great Lakes Region), Asia (Indonesia, Bangladesh,), and the Caribbean (Haiti) and also worked for DG ECHO and OCHA (Geneva) headquarters, where she supported other emergencies, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. She has led or taken part in numerous evaluations and studies with a specialization in humanitarian financing (CERF, Common Humanitarian Funds, DG ECHO Thematic Funding and Enhanced Response Capacity). She is also familiar with the international humanitarian policy setting, standards, and accountability frameworks and initiatives. Given her experience, Marie is highly qualified to bridge the practitioner-observer gap and ensure that findings are immediately useful at both policy-making and implementation levels.

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