Altaf Virani is a PhD Candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and a Fox International Fellow (2017-2018) at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University.
He was previously a researcher at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and consultant at the Centre for Insurance and Risk Management, Institute for Financial Management and Research.
His research interests are broadly focused on health policy and health systems, particularly policy design, public governance, performance management, new governance arrangements and the use of information for decision-making in public organizations.
His doctoral work critically examines the character of recent governance reforms in India’s public hospitals and their effects on the delivery of healthcare services. In particular, it questions the suitability and effectiveness of using market instruments for improving performance in public organizations, and considers its implications for ‘public ethos’ and the attainment of public policy objectives.
Altaf holds a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a Bachelor’s degree in Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Goa University.