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Rohan Raj (India)

Growth Lead, Data on Demand

Rohan Raj is a Growth Lead on the Data on Demand team at IDinsight, based in New Delhi, India.

In his current role, Rohan works closely with the Data on Demand India Lead in building the team towards effective execution of large-scale data collection across India in the coming years. He also works with the Data on Demand R&D Lead to identify methodological and analytical tools that can be developed into new Data on Demand services. A critical function that Rohan plays is liaising between the Data on Demand Technology team and the project teams to align software and system developments with project needs. He is currently leading the partnership with the Radiant Earth Foundation to create high-quality ground-truthed baseline geospatial data for Machine Learning models in agriculture.

Previously, Rohan worked with NITI Aayog to track the progress of key indicators of POSHAN Abhiyaan implementation in Rajasthan and Jharkhand. On this project, he led the development of a sampling frame using voter rolls. In addition, he managed the training and data collection efforts with a large field team to collect primary data on child and maternal nutrition and health across multiple districts of the states mentioned above through in-person interviews with over 2000 pregnant women and mothers of young children. Subsequently, he led multiple rounds of remote training and data collections through phone surveys to collect quantitative and qualitative data on child and maternal nutrition and health.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Rohan worked as a Research Associate at IIT Delhi, designing a study to assess the impact of software skills certificates on job-related outcomes. Rohan gained field experience in parts of Tamil Nadu while working on a project measuring the correlation between the duration of micro-finance membership and implicit gender biases among women. He also worked on a process evaluation to analyze the implementation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups Dakia Yojana as an intern at Jharkhand state Food Commission.

Rohan holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Banaras Hindu University. He is fluent in Hindi and English.