Dr. Juha Uitto

Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility

Juha Uitto Symposium

Dr. Scott founded DigitalGlobe in 1992 as WorldView Imaging Corporation, which was the first company to receive a high resolution commercial remote sensing license from the U.S. Government (in 1993), under the 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act. WorldView became EarthWatch Incorporated in 1995. Dr. Scott managed the development of all of the company’s commercial remote sensing satellites. He secured the first-ever export license for launch of U.S.-manufactured imaging spacecraft on Russian launch vehicles (Start-1 and Cosmos). The company became DigitalGlobe in 2001, and with the launch of the QuickBird-2 satellite that year, offered the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery. Today, DigitalGlobe operates a 5-satellite imaging constellation with the best revisit and greatest capacity in the industry.

Juha I. Uitto started as Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility in September 2014. He came to the position from being the Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he worked as Evaluation Adviser in UNDP and as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator/Specialist with the GEF since 1999. He has conducted and managed a large number of programmatic and thematic evaluations of international cooperation at the global, regional and country levels, in particular related to environmental management and poverty-environment linkages. He served as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2014.

Dr. Uitto spent the 1990s with the United Nations University coordinating the university’s environment and sustainable development research and training programs. His earlier work included positions in the Nordic Africa Institute, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and as consultant in development cooperation. He has had visiting positions in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University; Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University; and the International Studies Program of the University of Montana, Missoula.

He was educated at the Universities of Helsinki and Lund, and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography. He has authored/edited several books and published more than 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to the environment, natural resources management, water, environmental hazards, and evaluation. His book Evaluating Environment in International Development was published by Routledge-Earthscan in May 2014. In October 2012, the European Evaluation Society awarded him for a “distinguished contribution to evaluation practice.”