Anand Varghese

Anand Varghese

International Development

Background and Education

During his decade-long career as a specialist in international development and conflict management, Anand Varghese has managed complex operations with a commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) tools to create peaceful social change around the world. As Principal ICT Specialist, Anand helps DAI’s clients integrate ICT into their activities and build partnerships with local technology companies in places like Afghanistan, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, and Mauritania. Anand serves as technical manager to the DAI’s project with the Kosmos Innovation Center in Accra, Ghana, where he mentors young entrepreneurs on building technology solutions for the local agriculture sector. Prior to joining DAI, he served as Senior Manager at the PeaceTech Lab at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Anand played an integral role in creating and launching the PeaceTech Lab, the first nonprofit spin-off that the Institute has created in its 30-year history. In doing so, Anand guided elements of strategic planning for the transition of the Lab, including its conceptual foundation, business development, space design, and collaboration with the private sector.

Anand has managed a number of technology-related development projects, including the first nationwide mobile phone-based survey in Afghanistan, training workshops for youth activists on crowdsourced mapping tools, and partnerships with universities to help integrate young engineers into conflict management. Anand has authored studies on topics such as new media, online discourse, and science diplomacy for outlets such as Foreign Policy magazine. He is also a regular speaker at conferences around the world, including at universities such as Trinity College Dublin, Drexel University and American University. His other research interests include nationalism, ethnic conflict, and political development, especially in South Asia. He hails from Bangalore, India, where he worked in advertising and music journalism.

M.A., democracy and governance, Georgetown University
B.A., journalism and mass communication, Arizona State University
B.A., media studies, English literature, and psychology, Christ College, Bangalore University

2018-01-25 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
The aim of this...
The aim of this course is to provide students with a practical, relevant framework to apply participatory and principled approaches to deploying information and communications technologies (ICTs) and digital tools to meet international development goals and improve outcomes in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The course will equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to understand and contribute to the field of technology for development (T4D). Each session will include an introduction to relevant foundational knowledge that will provide an entry point whereby technologies such as mobile phones, sensors, drones and tablets can be designed and deployed to address problems in health, education, agriculture, governance and environmental sustainability. Cross-cutting themes such as information security, policy, gender, and M&E will also be explored. Students will have an understanding of the constraints and benefits of integrating technology into development programs through participatory, hands-on development of a project plan and budget.