Jasmine Shah

  • Deputy Director of J-PAL South Asia at IFMR
  • Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab



Jasmine Shah is the Deputy Director of J-PAL South Asia at IFMR. Based in New Delhi, Jasmine leads J-PAL’s efforts to build partnerships with policymakers in the region to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and effective programmes are scaled up. In addition, Jasmine provides strategic oversight and support to the capacity building portfolio under CLEAR (Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results) South Asia, and supports the Executive Director in overall organisational strategy and management. Jasmine brings experience working in the private and nonprofit sectors in India. He has worked with a leading private sector firm in India, managing medium-scale engineering and infrastructure projects. He has also worked for three years with Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bangalore based nonprofit organisation, where he was the National Coordinator of the Jaago Re! (Hindi for “wake up”) voter registration campaign that was successful in registering over 620,000 youth in 35 cities during the 2009 parliamentary elections in India. Jasmine graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2012 with a Master's of Public Administration, and a concentration in Urban and Social Policy. He received the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship from India in 2010. He holds M.Tech. and B.Tech. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.