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Divya Nair (India)


Passionate about improving the lives of the poorest in India through evidence and innovation – with a particular focus on women and children.

Divya Nair is Director at IDinsight and has led learning partnerships in Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Sanitation, and Nutrition. Currently, Divya is leading IDinsight’s COVID Response Team in India.

Divya has overseen the growth of learning partnerships that engaged on a variety of innovative and impactful projects with key government and non-government partners in India. These teams (of about 30 core staff members) applied a range of behavioural science and analytic tools to support the Indian government to design better policies, evaluate what works, and potentially scale up in some of India’s poorest districts and beyond.

Divya has led Capacity Building work to support officials at a range of levels to better use data for decision making, particularly to support the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan). Her teams have conducted three large household surveys to inform POSHAN Abhiyaan’s Social Behavior Change Communication strategy. Divya was also Director on an evaluation of Evidence Action’s technical assistance for Weekly Iron Folic Supplementation in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and she has worked with Delhi Government to support the Mohalla Clinics programme.

Prior to IDinsight, Divya worked with several development organizations including three years at the World Bank in Washington DC, and she held consultant positions with the International Fund for Agriculture Development in Rome, and the Institute for Health Policy, Colombo.

Divya holds a PhD in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, an MPA from the Princeton University’s Public Policy School, and a bachelor’s degree from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.