Chief Operating Officer, C4ADS

Varun is the COO of C4ADS, a nonprofit dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues. As COO, he oversees strategic direction, projects, and investigations across various illicit systems, including but not limited to narcotics trafficking, asset tracing, wildlife trafficking, and conflict financing. Varun’s work at C4ADS has been featured in the daily intelligence briefings at the very highest levels of the U.S. government, and he has briefed flag officers, ambassadors, and leadership at various government agencies, including the Departments of State, Treasury, and Defense. He previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank, in the office of then-Senator John Kerry, and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Varun received degrees in international relations and economics from Syracuse University, and a master’s in international affairs from George Washington University. He speaks Hindi and Urdu fluently.

I am most excited in working on projects that… create real-world impact.

I am looking for partners that can help me… with creating a more collaborative effort to combat counterproliferation networks.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when I was able to tangibly see what analysts can do with open data and public-private partnerships.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other innovations to automate key segments of analysis.

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