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Varsha Venugopal

Varsha Venugopal
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna
GRID Minor, 2002
Master's in Urban Planning, 2002

Current Position

My current position is Assistant Director of Programmes at Options, Consulting Firm focused on Maternal and Child Health in developing countries located in London, UK

What is the focus of your current work and/or subject of your current research?

I am part of the senior management in my company. In my role, I oversee programmes across Africa and Asia, ensuring their strategic implementation and delivery. I also lead on organizational strategy development and implementation, quality assurance of programmes, and staffing and financial management of the organization.

How has your GRID minor helped you in your career?

It gave me the basic building blocks to approach gender in work and life. It also developed a life-long interest and passion in focusing on gender in my work.

Any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share on receiving funding support through the Barbara A. Yates International Research Award?

It allowed me to conduct my Master’s thesis in Nepal on a UN Habitat funded programme. It helped me hone my research skills and catapulted my career from local urban planning to international development.


Do you have any advice or suggestions for current GRID Students?

Don’t shy from data and economics to help build your case. You’ve chosen well. All the very best!

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