Varad is a Partner at Dalberg and co-leads Dalberg Advisors' Financial Inclusion Practice Area. He loves to work at the intersection of policy, technology and markets to drive impact. His recent work has included bringing a deep user-centric perspective to the policy agenda on themes like financial inclusion, data privacy and skilling. He has worked extensively on catalyzing technology for social good – helping set up a major public-private initiative to drive financial inclusion, and driving an AgTech strategy for a large regional government.
Varad has held diverse roles across government, strategy consulting, and multilateral institutions. Before coming to Dalberg, he was Special Advisor to India’s Minister for Rural Development and Environment and Forests, where he drove the agenda on livelihoods, water and sanitation, financial inclusion, environment, and climate change.
Varad was also a member of the Government of India’s Low Carbon Expert Group and on the launch team of India’s Unique ID Program Aadhaar, which aims to transform service delivery. He was Principal Advisor to Abhijit Banerjee on the UN’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda and sherpa on the UNSG’s Global Sustainability Panel.
Previously, Varad was a Team Leader at the Monitor Group, where among other things he helped set up a national economic development agency and led a large multi-stakeholder project to scale-up inclusive business models that create social impact. He has also worked at the World Bank on governance decentralization, primary education, and water and sanitation.
Varad has an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BA Honors in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi. He sits on the board of Lok Capital, an impact focused investment fund, and is a Fellow of the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard.