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Iqbal Dhaliwal

Deputy Executive Director, J-PAL
Scientific Director, J-PAL South Asia
Director of Policy and Communications, J-PAL

Iqbal Dhaliwal is the Deputy Executive Director of J-PAL and the global head of Policy and Communications. Based at MIT in Cambridge, he works with 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. He coordinates J-PAL’s eight sector programs and management practices across the six regional offices. He is a member of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee that sets J-PAL's overall strategy and provides guidance and oversight to staff worldwide. He also serves as Scientific Director for J-PAL South Asia, Co-Chair of J-PAL's Government Partnership Initiative, and is an advisory board member of Evidence Action. From 2011-2014, he was Co-Chair of J-PAL's Governance Initiative. 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.