Iqbal Dhaliwal is the global executive director of J-PAL. Based at MIT’s economics department, he works with the Board to develop the organisation’s strategic vision, and with the leadership of the regional offices to coordinate research, policy outreach, capacity building, and operations worldwide. He is also the co-director of J-PAL’s South Asia office, the Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI), and the Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA). He is a board member of the NGO Noora Health. He is also a member of ‘Group of Experts’ convened by the Chief Minister of Punjab, India to develop the post-COVID economic strategy for the state.
Before joining J-PAL in 2009, Iqbal was a director of economic analysis at a consulting firm, where he managed projects in antitrust, regulation, and strategy. Earlier as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he worked as a deputy secretary in a state government, director of a statewide welfare department, and CEO of a publicly owned company.