Malarvizhi Veerappan

Malarvizhi Veerappan

Senior Data Scientist

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Malar is a Senior Data Scientist and Program Manager for the Data Management & Services at the World Bank. She leads the team that manages the statistical data management and dissemination functions that supports the production of key data products such as the World Development Indicators, data.worldbank.org, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and the Bank’s data catalog. She oversees data management and technology implementations for many development data initiatives, provides technical assistance to countries and other organizations and supports the institution's Open data strategy and its execution. She was part of the task team that launched The World Bank's Open Data Initiative in 2010 and as part this efforts, she created the World Bank’s first comprehensive data APIs.
 
As a member of the secretariat was instrumental in setting up the Bank’s Data Council, an internal data governance body that works on framing the institution's key data priorities, including emerging areas such as big data and Geospatial data.  In this capacity, she established the Development Data Hub, the Bank’s first integrated data hub, that streamlines data sharing and helps eliminate data silos by provisioning consistent tools, policies and the formation of centralized curation teams.  She is co-leading efforts to make the evidence on gender data gaps more accessible, usable and salient through compelling narratives and data visualizations. She represents the Bank in several inter-agency data working groups and partnership programs. 

She is an engineer by education and is pursuing an advanced degree in Applied Data Sciences. She is passionate about building innovative data solutions that have global reach and impact and the effective use of ICT for development. Prior to her work at The World Bank, she worked in private sector delivering technology solutions to international organizations and government agencies.