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Cleo Blackman

Principal Consultant

Cleo is a Principal Consultant for Itad’s fragile and conflict-affected settings practice. She has 17 years’ experience in international development, including developing strategies, managing large portfolios of donor-funded programmes, and developing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems including theories of change, results frameworks and evaluation design.

Formerly, she was Associate Director of Operations and a Board member of the FCDO-funded Centre for Disaster Protection – a UK centre of excellence on disaster risk finance. Previously, she was Director of Programmes and Head of M&E at the Tony Blair Institute, responsible for innovative programmes to generate evidence on building resilience to conflict and extremism. Cleo spent 10 years in the UK civil service, at the Department for International Development (DFID) in policy and programme roles including overseas in Afghanistan and the DRC, and the Cabinet Office (Committee on Standards in Public Life). She is also on the Board of Trustees of War Child UK.

Cleo has a Masters in Development Studies from the University of London, Birkbeck, specialising in war, conflict and civil-military cooperation. Cleo has expertise in stabilisation, community-based peacebuilding, governance, women, peace & security, women’s economic empowerment, political economy analysis and adaptive programming. She is an experienced trainer in MEL systems, PEA and Diversity & Inclusion.