Swetha Totapally is a Partner based in San Francisco and Mumbai. She is a leader of Dalberg’s technology and gender equality practice areas which seeks to identify when and how best to use technology to reduce inequality and make progress on important gender outcomes, especially for South Asian women.
Swetha led the world’s largest and most comprehensive effort to understand users’ experience with Aadhaar, India’s national ID system. This initiative aims to foster evidence-based discourse about Aadhaar specifically, and how to design and deliver good digital ID more broadly. She has also worked on a landmark report that shed light on the potential of digital technologies to drive agricultural transformation in Africa in collaboration with CTA. On gender, Swetha has worked to advance a number of economic and social causes, including reducing the amount and share of unpaid work done by women, increasing opportunities to obtain paid work, ensuring access to abortion services and ending commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Prior to Dalberg, Swetha was part of J.P. Morgan Chase’s investment bank, where she served as an advisor to financial institutions. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. She speaks Hindi and Telugu.