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Ronald Abraham (India)

Director, Founding Partner

Leads IDinsight India; focusses on growing the organization’s footprint; passionate about using data to improve state capacity.

Ronald Abraham is a Founding Partner at IDinsight and is based in Hong Kong and Delhi. Ronald leads IDinsight’s India office and is responsible for the organization’s regional strategy, growth, impact, and financial stability. He also leads IDinsight’s unit at NITI Aayog supporting the Aspirational Districts Programme. He is passionate about using data to improve state capacity, especially to transform accountability processes and data-driven decision-making within governments.

Ronald co-founded IDinsight’s India office and has led its growth from 1 to 50+ persons in seven years. Over these years, he has been involved in all aspects of growing IDinsight India. This includes creating a values-based and impact-driven culture, setting and executing strategy, recruiting and mentoring employees, developing and delivering impactful projects, and balancing the budget.

Under his leadership, IDinsight India has embarked on over 30 analytical engagements in 15 states, spread across multiple sectors including agriculture, education, governance, health, nutrition, and social protection. Ronald has himself led a number of projects at IDinsight including the State of Aadhaar initiative and learning partnerships with the Governments of Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. He has also led projects supporting education foundations and non-profits in India, including Akanksha, Going to School, Pratham, and STiR.

Previously, Ronald worked with Pratham on the Annual Status of Education Report (2006 and 2007) and as their lead for a statewide learning program with the Government of Punjab.

Ronald holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Ronald received the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship to attend HKS.