Varad Pande
Omidyar Network India

Varad leads strategy, impact and new initiatives at Omidyar Network India (ONI), a social impact focused investment firm. Varad leads ONI’s work to measure the impact created by ONI’s diverse portfolio of more than 60 organisations.

A social impact and public policy professional, Varad has held diverse roles across government, strategy, multilateral, investment organisations working on issues of economic development, social impact and base-of-pyramid (BOP) business models. Varad was Special Advisor to India’s Minister for Rural Development and Environment & Forests, where he drove the agenda on sustainable livelihoods, sanitation, environment and climate change. He was Principal Advisor to (now Nobel laureate) Abhijit Banerjee on the UN-SG’s Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda (SDGs). He led the set up of the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship that connects India’s youth with grassroots development.

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.


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