France

Soheir Dani

Soheir Dani is a Senior Consultant based in the Paris office of Technopolis Group. For the last 10 years, she has been providing policy advice, evaluation and research services to the public sector. She has covered work in a wide range of disciplines including R&D, innovation and economic development.

Notable studies include the evaluation of four major national R&D and innovation policies in France; the evaluation of the French Competitiveness Poles (innovation clusters) for the French Ministry of Economy in 2016 and 2012; the evaluation of the French “grappes d’entreprises” (business clusters) for the Ministry of Economy in 201; the evaluation of the young innovative enterprise scheme for the Ministry of Industry in 2008 and the evaluation of the national incubators for the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in 2006.

Soheir regularly works on international cooperation studies in particular in MENA, Central and West African regions. She is supporting currently the World Bank and the Association of African Universities in verifying disbursement-linked indicators for 19 African Centres of Excellence. Soheir has also conducted several studies for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) including the definition and collection of baseline M&E indicators and the evaluation of specific programmes and centres. In 2015, she worked for the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), evaluating its Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) programme. In 2014, Soheir took part in the evaluation of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) first programme.

Before joining Technopolis Group, Soheir worked as a consultant for UNESCO’s Internal Oversight Service (IOS- Evaluation section).

Soheir conducts studies and evaluations through desk research, interviews, focus groups and workshops, case studies, surveys, report writing as well as project and team management. She deals with projects ranging from the definition of strategic plans to ex-post evaluations using a mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Soheir worked and/or lived in several countries: 7 years in Algeria, 1 year in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2 years in Mexico, 4 years in Belgium, 4 years in the United States of America, 4 years in the United Kingdom and 15 years in France. Soheir holds a post-graduate degree in economics from the Sorbonne University (Paris I). She is fluent in French and English.