Dr. Sajitha Bashir is Adviser for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the Global Director of the Education Practice in the World Bank. She was the Education Practice Manager in the Eastern and Southern Africa region of the World Bank for 7 years, where she oversaw a large portfolio of country and regional education projects and analytical work in over 20 countries. She catalyzed the creation in 2013 of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (PASET) and represents the World Bank on the Executive Board of the PASET. She led the conceptualization and establishment of the PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund, the first pan-African science fund, together with African governments and technical experts. She has more than 25 years of experience leading policy dialogue, projects, and research in education and other social sectors from her work for the Bank in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America; in India’s national and state governments; and in various donor agencies. She is the co-author of Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa, a flagship study of the World Bank on the quality of basic education in Africa and has published widely in education and related fields. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was head of the national research and evaluation unit within the Government of India’s national school education program. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the London School of Economics.