Stephen Ladek

Director, IMC USA

A seasoned humanitarian and development professional with more than 15 years' experience in Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning and ICT4D.

Stephen is a seasoned, executive-level humanitarian and development professional. Over more than 15 years, he has successfully overseen and participated in a broad range of multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional programming in conflict, humanitarian and traditional development environments that has been delivered to leadership, and effected change at, the Ambassador, Minister, and C-Suite levels.

The design, development and delivery of assessments, evaluations and research that result in practical, high-value and action-oriented options has underscored essentially all of Stephen’s work for the past decade and has spanned a broad range of political, governance, economic, social service and technological issues. This work has covered both longer-term, traditional research streams as well as adaptive, highly-responsive assessment needs.

A recognised expert in innovation, ICT4D and data for development, Stephen is adept at the remote management of complex, virtual and diverse teams of experts in the delivery of data-driven analysis.

While Stephen is proficient delivering and overseeing conventional research techniques, he is also skilled in the incorporation and use of non-traditional research/methods such as publicly available data, geospatial and remote sensing data, and ‘big’ data sets (e.g. social media, mobile network providers, financial transactions).

Stephen is also an Adjunct Instructor in the School of International Service at The American University in Washington, DC where he delivers exceedingly practical institutes around creating effective social sector organisations.

Stephen’s geographic experience includes Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. A US citizen, Stephen is based in Bangkok, Thailand. 


  • BS in Farm and Ranch Management, Colorado State University. 
  • MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, The American University in Washington, DC.
  • MBA in Transnational Leadership, Central European University.