Rajani Shrestha is the project director of World Learning's Lebanon Education Program. She oversees the $90 million Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) 2 program that aims to improve the reading, math, and social and emotional learning skills for more than 300,000 students in Lebanon. Throughout her career, Shrestha has worked with donors, policy makers, teachers, administrators, the private sector, and communities to make lasting change in educational systems around the world. Shrestha is strong in strategic planning, designing complex projects, and monitoring, evaluation, and research. She is responsible for strategically positioning World Learning at a local level through donor stewardship and spearheading partnerships with local government ministries and nongovernmental institutions. Shrestha has more than 15 years of experience researching and managing large complex projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries. As a researcher, she has designed and piloted dropout prevention programs in India, Tajikistan, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste. While at the Asian Development Bank/ Nepal, Shrestha implemented a teacher education and skills employment project. She has also worked with UNICEF, working closely at the community level with village facilitators. Shrestha started her career in Nepal as a private sector professional engaging with multinational firms from Europe and America. She uses this deep-rooted experience in her approach to building partnerships, networks, and blending business interest with community development by introducing unique and sustainable practices in international projects. Shrestha holds a master's degree in public policy with a specialization in social and education policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of business administration from Kathmandu University, where she concentrated in marketing.
Expertise: program management; systems strengthening; international education
Ways to support primary education in cross cultural contexts