Neeraj is the Senior Research and Training Manager at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), IFMR in India. He leads the capacity building portfolio of EPoD in India that focuses on building capacities of policymakers and government agencies to use evidence and economic theory for decision-making. Simultaneously, Neeraj also manages a couple of research projects in the gender and financial inclusion portfolio of EPoD India.
Prior to EPoD, Neeraj was with Pratham, a leading educational non-profit in India, for around seven years. At Pratham, Neeraj managed large-scale school- and community-based education programs in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He also led capacity building initiatives with government functionaries and non-government organizations on using evidence to translate policy into practice. His core interest lies in ensuring access to quality education to all children across the world, including the most vulnerable ones.
Neeraj graduated from the Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA-ID) program at the Harvard Kennedy School where he received the Raymond Vernon Award for Commitment to International Development. Neeraj also holds a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow and a degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.