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Iqbal Dhaliwal

Deputy Executive Director, J-PAL
Scientific Director, J-PAL South Asia

Iqbal Dhaliwal is the Deputy Executive Director of J-PAL since 2013. Based at MIT in Cambridge, he coordinates the work of all of J-PAL’s verticals including Research, Education, Training, Policy, Communications, Administration and Finance. He works with leadership of J-PAL’s eight sector programs and six regional offices to help formulate and execute their strategy. He is a member of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee that lays out J-PAL's overall vision and provides guidance and oversight to staff worldwide. He is also the Co-Scientific Director for J-PAL’s South Asia regional office and Co-Chair of J-PAL's Government Partnership Initiative that funds innovative research, scale-ups and partnerships aimed at institutionalizing evidence informed policymaking in governments. He is a board member of the NGO Noora Health, and an advisory board member of the NGO Evidence Action.
From 2009-17, as the founding Director of J-PAL’s Policy and Communications group, Iqbal worked with affiliates, staff and policymakers in governments, development organizations, foundations and NGOs to disseminate the policy implications of research, identify new field evaluations and implement the scale-up of successful programs. During this time, the policy team grew to over 75 staff based in a dozen countries who have designed and executed numerous innovations in promoting evidence informed decision making. From 2011-14, he was Co-Chair of J-PAL's Governance Initiative, and from 2016-17 the interim Director of Research, Education and Training. He is the co-author with Rema Hanna (Harvard) of a very large, five-district randomized evaluation on improving health outcomes and service provider attendance in rural India.

Before joining J-PAL in 2009, Iqbal was a Director in the Economic Analysis practice of a consulting firm in Boston where he managed numerous engagements involving antitrust issues, regulation, and strategy. Earlier, he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) where he worked on many policy issues during stints as a Deputy Secretary in a state government, Director of a statewide welfare department, and Managing Director (CEO) of a publicly owned company. As the head of one of the state’s largest sub-divisions (county government), he led a large bureaucracy that implemented numerous development programs in the field.

Iqbal received the Director's Gold Medal for standing first in the nationwide Civil Services selection and training at India's National Academy of Administration. He received the Dean's Fellowship at Princeton University and the gold medal for standing first in the college in his undergraduate program. He has a B.A. (Honors) in Economics from University of Delhi, an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, and an MPA (Development Studies) from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.