Iqbal Dhaliwal is the Executive Director of J-PAL. Based at MIT in Cambridge, he works with the Board of Directors to help formulate J-PAL’s worldwide strategy and with the leadership of the six regional offices to help execute it. He coordinates the work of the global verticals—Research, Education, Training, Policy, Communications, Administration and Finance—and the sectors—agriculture, crime, education, environment, gender, health, finance, labor and governance. He is also the Co-Scientific Director of the South Asia regional office and the Co-Chair of the Government Partnership Initiative. He is a board member of the NGO Noora Health, and an advisory board member of the NGO Evidence Action.
Iqbal has held a number of positions at J-PAL including Deputy Executive Director (2013–17), founding Director of the Policy and Communications vertical (2009–17), interim Director of the Research, Education and Training vertical (2016–17), and Co-Chair of the Governance Initiative (2010–14). 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 CEO (Chairman & Managing Director) of a publicly owned company. As the Sub Collector of one of the state’s largest administrative divisions, he headed 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.