John Lakeman has extensive background in working on monitoring and evaluation for a wide range of international humanitarian and development organisations, focussing on developing monitoring frameworks and evaluation strategies at portfolio and project level, working predominantly across lower middle income countries in Africa and Asia. John is responsible for steering and advising on strengthening MEL strategies, frameworks and processes for the ICARS portfolio and individual projects. He holds a bachelors degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK and a masters degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from the Ruhr University in Germany.