Varad is an Associate Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a global strategic advisory firm that works to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges.
Varad has held diverse roles across government, strategy consulting and multilateral institutions, working on issues of public policy, sustainable development, climate change, water & sanitation, financial inclusion and base-of-pyramid (BOP) business models.
Varad was Special Advisor to India's Minister for Rural Development and Environment and Forests, where he drove the agenda on sustainable livelihoods, sanitation, environment and climate change.
He was a member of the Government of India’s Low Carbon Expert Group. He was Principal Advisor to Abhijit Banerjee on the UN-SG’s Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda and was a Sherpa on the UN-SG’s Global Sustainability Panel.
Varad led the set up of the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship that is connecting India’s youth with grassroots development (see his TEDx Talk here: http://youtu.be/WvCMvR2QgJE ).
Previously, Varad was a Team Leader at the Monitor Group where he led the set up a national economic development agency and led a project to scale-up market-based business models that create social impact.
He recently worked with the Water Practice of the World Bank on developing a practice-wide strategy and metrics and a sanitation strategy. He has also worked at the Bank on decentralisation and primary education.
Varad holds an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MA in Economics from University of Cambridge, and a BA Honours in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi.
He is a Fellow of the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard Kennedy School and a Non-Resident Fellow at NYU's Center for International Cooperation. He also sits on the Policy Advisory Group of the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative (GFII) at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Yale University.