Senior Rural Development Specialist
Adarsh Kumar is a Senior Rural Development Specialist at the World Bank. Formerly, he was the Founder and Executive Director of Livelihoods Equity Connect, an advisory group that seeks to structure investments in the Indian agricultural sector and promote models that connect small farmers to mainstream markets. Prior, Kumar helped found AIACA, a non-profit organization that works to promote textiles and craft producer enterprises. Other work experience includes stints at the Ford Foundation, where he worked on strengthening microcredit institutions in South Asia, and at the World Bank, where he worked on evaluating client satisfaction with welfare services in the Philippines. Kumar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has been awarded the Echoing Green and Ashoka fellowships for social entrepreneurship.