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Laszlo Szentmarjay, M.A.


Project Manager
(CEval GmbH)
E-Mail: l.szentmarjay(at)
Telephone: +49 (0)6 81 - 387539 - 74
Office hours:
by appointment
CEval GmbH
Dudweiler Landstrasse 5
66123 Saarbruecken
Areas of responsibility:
Contract research
Employee at the Chair of Sociology
Main areas of emphasis:
Geographical development research
International relations
Climate and environmental change
Quantitative and participatory methods

Professional Career

Since 02.2019
Project Manager, CEval GmbH, Saarbrücken
Research Associate Center for Evaluation at Saarland University, Saarbrücken
Internship at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Lima/Peru
Internship at Consualte General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Barcelona/Spain
01.2007-09.2008 Clerk National and International Sales Department, Bartsch International GmbH, Ottobrunn


Master of Arts, Cultural Geography Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Thesis: "Ecosystems-Based Adaption to Climate Change: Opportunities and Difficulties regarding Implementation in Peru"
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
Thesis: "A Comparison of the German Foreign Affairs with Brazil and Peru"
2010 A-Levels, Städtische Berufsoberschule München, Fachrichtung Wirtschaft

On-going Projects

Policy Analysis for the Evaluation of the German Climate Change Adaptation Strategy2/20213/2024Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Project Manager: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus

Contact Person: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus

Staff: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth, Laszlo Szentmarjay, M.A. Janis Wicke


The German Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Deutsche Anpassungsstrategie an den Klimawandel, DAS) and the associated Action Plans (APA I to III) provide the national policy framework for adaptation to climate change in Germany. However, also at the sub-national level, many stakeholders contribute to increasing adaptation capacity and reducing vulnerability to climate impacts, for example the federal states, municipalities and other non-state actors.
The second evaluation of the German Adaptation Strategy aims to answer, among others, the questions where Germany stands with adaptation, whether enough is already being done or whether more targeted, efficient measures are still needed in some areas, how the various actors cooperate and where there is still potential for improvement. Progress on adaptation in Germany, also at sub-national level, will be highlighted and needs for action identified. The results will contribute to the further development of the adaptation process in Germany.
CEval GmbH is conducting the evaluation commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) together with adelphi (Berlin) and a group of national adaptation experts. The main focus of CEval GmbH is on supporting the further development of the evaluation concept and methodology, the implementation of the actual evaluation applying a multi-method design and the updating of the handbook developed in the course of the first DAS evaluation on suitable methodological procedures for the evaluation of adaptation strategies.

Framework contract for the further development and implementation of systematic results-based approaches through monitoring and evaluation for DAAD programs5/20205/2026Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.Sc. Fabian Otto, M.A. Sandra Bäthge, Laszlo Szentmarjay


The DAAD understands itself as a modern science organization that strives to continuously improve its effectiveness through continuous learning and the willingness to change its work. This approach is formulated in the DAAD's Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Concept, which was adopted in 2019. The concept identifies institutional learning, quality assurance, results-based orientation, transparency in processes and legitimacy as important dimensions to which the various monitoring and evaluation activities are geared. Doing so, from an overarching perspective, the strategic orientation of the DAAD and its programs is also to be supported on an evidence-based basis.

The framework contract with CEval GmbH aims to meet the increasing demands for results-based orientation and control in the various funding areas of the DAAD even better by supporting the implementation of results-based orientation and control for existing and new programmes in the AA- and BMBF-funding areas and by accompanying the results-based orientation of newly designed BMZ programmes. To this end, services are provided in the following areas:

  • Development of results frameworks and indicator catalogs
  • (Further) development of program-specific monitoring instruments and revision of the program documents according to the requirements of the monitoring concept;
  • Data preparation and analysis
  • Capacity Development: internal and external workshops for the implementation of results-based monitoring (WoM)
  • Methodological and/or on-site support in the context of monitoring visits to project holders
  • Consultations on further approaches and methods in the field of monitoring and evaluation
  • Further consulting and training services
  • Former Projects

    Evaluation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Research Fellowship Programmes for Researchers from Germany (FLF, JSPS, MOST)11/20201/2022Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH)

    Project Manager: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus

    Contact Person: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus

    Staff: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth, Teresa Böttcher, Laszlo Szentmarjay


    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) enables highly qualified academics from all over the world to spend longer periods of research in Germany and supports the resulting academic and cultural links between Germany and abroad. The Foundation's network now comprises over 29,000 researchers from all disciplines in more than 140 countries.

    To strengthen the Humboldt Network, the AvH's programme portfolio also includes three research fellowship programmes that support researchers from Germany to work at research institutions abroad. The BMBF-funded Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship Programme (FLF) enables German researchers to spend a longer period of time researching abroad. In this way, the existing Humboldt Network abroad is strengthened and the potential of Humboldt alumni abroad is tapped in their function as academic advisors and "door openers" for (junior) researchers from Germany. For the target countries Japan and Taiwan, the Humboldt Foundation cooperates with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (MOST) within the framework of the JSPS Programme and the MOST Programme. The AvH also offers support services for alumni from all three scholarship programmes from the BMBF funding. These include reintegration assistance, return scholarships, renewed research stays, institute partnerships as well as annual conferences and networking events.

    The evaluation is intended to fulfil two functions: On the one hand, it should provide an evidence-based foundation for the further development of the programmes in the sense of a formative evaluation. On the other hand, it is to be used to account to the funding agencies and the public for the implementation and achievement of the goals of the scholarship programmes. The evaluation focuses on the extent to which the Humboldt Network has benefited from the three programmes and whether suitable research fellows have been selected with regard to the programme goals.

    The evaluation is characterised by a participatory and multi-method approach. The evaluation combines document and secondary analyses with qualitative (guided intensive interviews) and quantitative survey procedures (partially standardised online surveys).

    Sector evaluation of climate projects within the framework of the BMZ Special Initiative on Climate of the Hanns Seidel Foundation e.V. 20198/201912/2019Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (HSS)

    Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

    Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

    Staff: Laszlo Szentmarjay, Teresa Böttcher


    The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) has been receiving funds from the BMZ Special Initiative on Climate since 2011 and has carried out project activities in the fields of climate, environment and energy in numerous countries since then. The measures in this area are intended to make a contribution to environmental protection and nature conservation as a whole, to combating and adapting to climate change, to sustainable energy supply and resource efficiency, and to sustainable and environmentally conscious agriculture and forestry. A basic strategy was developed from the context of Hanns Seidel Foundation's current work abroad in the fields of climate, environment and energy and its attempts to find solutions to these topics at an international level. This strategy was evaluated by CEval GmbH using three projects in India, Bolivia and Namibia as examples.

    From a methodological point of view, the evaluation included a theory-based part, which consisted of the reconstruction of the Theories of Change (ToC) of the three projects. In addition, the three selected projects were evaluated at project level, for which field phases in all three countries and interviews with partners and target groups have been conducted. In addition, the evaluation included a synthesis part which referred to the climate strategy of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in general and in which the results of the evaluations of the three projects were bundled and supplemented with information from the headquarters of the HSS in Munich.
    International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)5/20186/2018Independent Evaluation Group (IEG)

    Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

    Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

    Staff: Felix Stips, Laszlo Szentmarjay, Theresa Weippert


    The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. Since 2018, it is managed jointly by the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern (Switzerland), the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University (Germany) and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. IPDET aims to provide managers and practitioners in the field of evaluation with the tools required to evaluate policies, programs and projects at local, regional, national, and global levels, as well as to commission, manage and especially use those evaluations for decision-making. Further information on this year's IPDET can be found on the website:
    University cooperation with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE) supported through the DAAD funding programme „Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries7/201712/2020Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

    Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

    Contact Person: Laszlo Szentmarjay


    The Saarland University (UdS) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have been maintaining an intensive cooperation since 2008, which was financially supported by the DAAD programme “Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries” between 2012 and 2015. Through the DAAD University Advisory Program, the preceding collaboration had already received financial support. Particularly in the light of an ever-rising need for evaluations and competencies in the field of evaluation, both partners are zealous to continue the collaboration within the framework of the DAAD funding programme and to expand it sustainably by the integration of a second partnering institute of higher education. The Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE) could be won for this objective.

    Crucial elements of this third phase of cooperation are supposed to be the implementation of a new blended learning Master’s study program in evaluation at the PUCE, and the implementation of a further educational opportunity in the blended learning format, respectively, at the Center for Research and Training in Public Administration (CICAP) at the UCR, and quality assurance of the formation and further education in evaluation in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Latin America (amelioration of formation and further education as well as research in evaluation). Moreover, the establishment of a Latin American university network in the discipline of evaluation (network formation and internationalization), the strengthening of practical orientation within the academic formation in evaluation and the contribution to evidence-based policy making (application of scientific evaluative research in political practice), and, eventually, the consolidation and institutional expansion of the cooperation between the universities involved and the research institute CICAP (triangular and South-South-cooperation) are on the agenda of the program. The respective cooperation is intended to last for four years (2017-2020).