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Akash Pattanayak (India)

Senior Manager

Manages the Data on Demand team, India & supports clients by providing field infrastructure to rapidly gather high quality field insights profitably.

Akash Pattanayak is a Senior Manager at IDinsight, based in New Delhi, India.

Akash is a member of the global executive team and India leadership team of  “Data on Demand”. He co-leads an interdisciplinary team to develop new approaches to impact-oriented fast, accurate, and affordable data for responsive policies and programs. In the coming year, he will be jointly leading efforts to scale our Data on Demand platform to pan-India and selected geographies in Africa and South-East Asia.

Previously, Akash led multiple large scale projects with government and non-profit partners on the Data on Demand team. Most recently he led six rounds of COVID-19 response surveys which provided actionable data in real time to inform key decisions during the first and second waves of the pandemic in India. He also co-led the development and management of a data collection infrastructure across 8 states in India which facilitated periodic primary data collection at a faster pace and at significantly lower-cost. The infrastructure has been leveraged for three rounds of multi-sector data collection in 27 Aspirational Districts along with other sector specific surveys in Health, Agriculture and Financial Inclusion.

As a Senior Associate, Akash worked on the State of Aadhaar Project for two years where he led the data collection activities across three states and co-authored the 2017-18 State of Aadhaar Report.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Akash gained field experience in energy access and microfinance programs in Bihar. Akash holds a bachelor’s in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. He is fluent in Hindi and English.