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Sid Ravinutala (United States)

Director, Data Science

Leads the data science capability at IDinsight. Passionate about building bespoke algorithms to inform policy and address operational challenges.

As Director, Sid provides technical and thought leadership within the data science team. He is responsible for growing the data science capability within IDinsight, and oversees the design and development of all data science projects.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Sid worked as a data scientist at QuantumBlack, McKinsey’s advanced analytics arm; Coles, a supermarket chain in Australia; and the Center for International Development at Harvard. He worked in public health for the Clinton Health Access Initiative where he helped countries scale access to diagnostics, and developed global forecasts to inform pricing negotiations for sub-Saharan Africa. Sid enjoys using a wide range of statistical methods to inform policy, and recently discovered that he is a closet Bayesian. His previous projects have involved large-scale predictive analytics, optimisation, and Bayesian inference.

Sid holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School. He speaks English, Hindi, and Telugu.

Sid was born in New Delhi and did a large share of his growing up in Melbourne. He has lived and worked in a number of developing countries, including Uganda, Ghana, India, and Papua New Guinea. He now lives in Boston with his wife and spends his evenings chasing after his two toddlers.