Niruban Balachandran

Program Officer



Niruban Balachandran is responsible for grantmaking related to global development finance, particularly grants involving the government of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the World Bank Group and other international financial institutions. Prior to joining Mott, the California native spent seven years working for the World Bank, including as a program manager of its Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice; he was based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Niruban’s career has spanned more than two decades in education, foreign policy, and international aid around the globe. Much of his work has focused on finding ways to bridge cultural divides, foster peace, and help developing countries increase economic activity while protecting natural resources and the communities they support. Widely published in scholarly journals and other publications, Niruban has won the World Bank’s Innovation Challenge Prize, the Bradley M. Bloom Impact Award, and the International Society for Human Ethology’s Linda Mealey Award. In 2019, he was honored by the New America Foundation as a Next Generation Leader. He speaks a number of languages, including Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. Niruban earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology (honors) degree at Rutgers University and a Master of Public Administration degree at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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