In a career spanning two decades in the field of education, Shalini has held several roles, as a practitioner, a researcher, consultant, innovator and a course developer. Currently, Shalini leads STiR’s work in India as its Country Director. Through its system learning partnerships with governments, STiR is currently reaching 4.2 million children and 180,000 teachers across 4 states - So that children, teachers and officials become intrinsically motivated lifelong learners.
Prior to joining STiR, Shalini was with the Adhyayan Quality Education Foundation, where she played a pivotal role in the Systemic School Improvement programme and was instrumental in the execution of the School Development Index. (programme of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Delhi). During her 10-year association with the Azim Premji Foundation & University, Shalini worked extensively on ‘School Quality’ improvement, creating frameworks and Courses for the same. Shalini has been part of several government forums and committees, including the MHRD meet on ICT in Education, New Education Policy, Improvement in Quality of School Education, Advisory Committee of the National Programme for School Standards and Evaluation (Shaala Siddhi), Kerala State Assessment Accreditation Council, etc. She has also worked with several state governments, including Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. Shalini is a post-graduate in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Development Studies.