Varun Kshirsagar is the Technical Director for the Poverty Probability Index (PPI®), a household-level poverty measurement tool. He is leading the PPI scorecard development at IPA, which includes designing a methodology that is based on established statistical learning techniques, while maintaining the simplicity of the PPI from a user perspective. Most recently, Varun worked as a consultant to USAID on several projects related to the analysis of local food prices. In partnership with experts from the World Bank, USAID and NASA, he developed approaches to better understand, and quantify, the influence of local factors on food markets in developing countries. Previously, he worked as a consultant to the World Bank for whom he employed a broad set of quantitative tools to inform policy advice and operational lending in the agriculture and rural development sector, with a regional focus on Sub Saharan Africa. He has a BA in economics from Mumbai University and a PhD in economics from North Carolina State University.