VEN founders

VEN founders and co-chairs


Rahel Kahlert is a Senior Evaluation Officer at an international organization in Vienna. Rahel was a long-term Evaluation Expert Consultant with the OSCE, and an evaluator with the U.N.-affiliated European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. Rahel has twenty years of experience in leading evaluation projects in intersectional policy areas including public health, education, security, and social services. Rahel has evaluated UN- and EU-funded projects targeting vulnerable groups. She trains on a wide range of evaluation topics including participatory, gender-responsive, evidence-based evaluation.

Before joining the European Centre, Rahel was the Head of Evaluation and Deputy Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, leading evaluations in the areas of mental health, health literacy and health promotion. Prior to her tenure in Austria, Rahel was a Research and Evaluation Associate with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin as well as an Ethics Fellow with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Rahel Kahlert holds a Ph.D in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on evaluating effectiveness and impact. Rahel received the Emmette S. Redford Award for Outstanding Research for her evaluation research from UT Austin.


Anita Leutgeb works as an independent monitoring, evaluation, research and learning consultant. She has a particular focus on participatory methods, impact orientation and utilization focus in planning and evaluation, effective communication of evaluation results as well as facilitation of learning from evaluations within organisations.

During her career Anita has provided consultancy and training services for non-governmental, governmental, and multilateral organisations covering about 60 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia&Pacific and Europe. She has evaluated projects/programmes/strategies funded by the EU, UN and private donors across different sectors (advocacy for social change, migration, gender equality, innovation, ocean protection, rural development, education, etc.).

Anita Leutgeb holds a MSc in Managing Rural development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)/University of London as well as a Mag.phil. in History and Social Studies, Romance and German philology from the University of Innsbruck/Rome/Berlin, is a certified project and knowledge manager. She works in 6 languages. (for more information visit her website anita leutgeb – evaluation&research FOR DEVELOPMENT)