MIT GOV/LAB Alumni
Varja was a Research Scientist at MIT GOV/LAB, working to bridge the academic and practitioner worlds through support to southern-based practitioner (civil society) organizations working on Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP). This included development and strengthening of organizational learning methods and frameworks, sharpening of theoretical underpinnings of the program, and co-design and implementation of evaluation and research portfolios. Prior to joining GOV/LAB, Varja led the Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation portfolio at Twaweza East Africa, a non-governmental organization focusing on producing evidence for accountability and action in the domains of basic education and open government. Before Twaweza, Varja worked for international non-governmental organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) focusing on public health in a variety of contexts, including Central and Eastern Europe, South East Asia, and South America. Varja holds a PhD from Tulane University.