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Federica Bottamedi is the Evaluation and Communications Specialist at CGIAR Advisory Services (CAS) Secretariat. Prior to joining CAS Secretariat, she had been working on improving evaluation use and uptake as a Communications and Outreach Specialist, and was directly involved in the management and conduct of evaluations at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Office of Evaluation. Since 2013, while at FAO she was an active member of the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG); and an active member of the Evalforward Community of Practice. Ms Bottamedi received several certificates of specialization in Evaluation from EvalPartners. Previously, she served at the Office of the President and the Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and at theEuropean Commission Directorate General for Trade, in Brussels. She holds an MSc in European International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), an MSc and a BSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste (Italy). Her mother tongue is Italian, and she is proficient in English, French, German, and Spanish, with basic knowledge of Russian.