Alok Rajan works on economic policy and governance issues, and leads the Public Sector Governance team at OPM. He has a background in public service delivery reform, specifically in the service delivery interface between government and businesses. In addition, Alok also focuses on organisational development within government, and building state capacity for policy execution.
Alok has previously worked for the World Bank Group (WBG) for four years on various advisory assignments in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal; on issues pertaining to governance reform, business licensing reform, sector specific regulatory reform, regulatory enforcements and inspections, and investment policy. He was a member of the core WBG team that set up the India Ease of Doing Business programme with the Government of India.
Alok’s work at OPM involves projects that cut across public administration reform, business enabling environment, regulatory reform, political economy analysis, capacity development, civil service reform, and climate governance. Currently, Alok is the Governance workstream lead for the Bihar Technical Support Programme, focusing on measuring the effects of interventions on the capacity of government health officials at district and block levels. He also plays the role of the programme manager for the Climate Finance Network. Alok has previously been a Governance Advisor working on the ACT programme, providing advice on how to articulate and strengthen the approach to the governance challenges that the programme faces and to provide support on how to institutionalise key interventions. He has worked in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, Uganda, Ethiopia, Lebanon, USA, and the United Kingdom.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University, an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, and a Master’s in Public Administration, from School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.