Shabnam Sinha

Lead Education Specialist
World Bank Group

Shabnam Sinha is Lead Education Specialist, INDIA in the World Bank Group based in the India Country Office. She leads the World Bank’s India education program in the skills development, school education and teacher education sectors. In education, her research focuses on basic education and its return on investment; performance-based financing, teacher performance and incentives; skills development and labor markets. In Labor Markets, her work covers the role of private sector and governments in skills development and the MSME . Her work focuses on results-based financing and analytical tasks in Vietnam and Indonesia and she has worked on the regional companion to the World Bank’s publication- the World Development Report on education. She supports the Africa region on skills development.

She leads the World Bank’s support to the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (Govt. of India), the Skill India Mission Operation that proposes to strengthen national and state institutional mechanisms, quality assurance systems for provision of market relevant skills and initiating public private partnerships through deepening the relationship of the skills sectors with employers. Shabnam Sinha also leads some key the Education sector programs like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan the largest basic education program in the world. She is State Coordinator for the low income province of Bihar for undertaking focused support to World Bank’s programs in low income states. She leads the Bank’s program on teacher education and designed the Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness in Bihar (World Bank support-$ 250 million) operation for the state of Bihar. She also works in the areas of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Education and corporate social responsibility in human development.

Prior to joining the World Bank Ms. Sinha was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PPP Education in ILFS. She was Lead Education Management Specialist with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), New Delhi. In a career spanning over 22 years, has worked at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the national curriculum planning and teacher education body in undertaking Planning, Appraisal and Monitoring activities for centrally sponsored schemes in education, teacher education and skills.