Shanti Jagannathan
Principal Education Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Shanti works on education policies and strategies and gives technical advice and support to ADB’s lending and non-lending education operations. She has over 25 years of experience with reforms in school education, TVET, and higher education in Asia. She has led policy research studies on skills for greening economies, knowledge-based economies, innovation, and implications of industry 4.0 on education and training, among others. Prior to ADB, she worked with the European Union as a development adviser in South Asia.

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Policy reforms critical to building resilience include revamping teacher training and improving quality, relevance, and inclusion in the education sector.


The right textbook policy and practice can help raise the quality of education and address learning gaps.  


Significant changes in education and skills development help develop knowledge economies that drive long-term growth.