Gonzalo Hernández Licona


Founder and Executive Secretary, National Council for Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico


"The Global Evidence Summit is a good opportunity both to learn the ways international institutions are dealing with using and producing rigurous evidence and also to show some examples of how we are dealing with these issues here in Mexico. We have been working almost 15 years to build an M&E system and now we have interesting results we can show as examples."

Gonzalo Hernández Licona (Mexico) is the Director of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). The objective of CONEVAL is to evaluate the social development policy and programs, as well as measuring poverty in Mexico. He is also Board Member of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie); Board Member of El Colegio de México; Member of the Evaluation Committee of the GAVI Alliance; Member of the Independent Group of Scientists to draft the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 for the UN, and teaches Development Economics at ITAM in Mexico since 1991.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford University, UK; a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Essex, UK, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM). He was Head of Evaluation and Monitoring at the Ministry of Social Development. He was full-time Chair Professor at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) in the Department of Economics from 1991 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2002, and acted as Headmaster of the BA in Economics in the same institution. From 1996 to 2000 he was Academic Representative to the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation, Labor Cooperation Commission.

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