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Raja Bentaouet Kattan

Lead Specialist, Education
Raja Bentaouet Kattan is a Lead Specialist at the World Bank’s Education Global Practice. In her current role, Raja leads the East Asia regional skills agenda, serves as one of the main authors of the forthcoming Flagship report “Growing Smarter – Education Quality and Economic Prosperity in East Asia and the Pacific” and advises teams working on education operations.  Raja joined the Bank in 2002 and since then has held various positions. In her most recent assignment, she worked as Program Leader for Human Development, coordinating the Bank’s human development program in education, health and nutrition, social protection and labor, jobs, and gender in five countries in West Africa and led the regional analytical work on Education Quality in Francophone Africa.  Between 2006 and 2013, she worked in the Latin America and Caribbean Human Development department where she led lending and analytical programs supporting early childhood development, interventions to improve the quality of basic and secondary education, and skills for the labor market in several countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Prior to that, Raja worked in the Human Development Department of the World Bank, where she led the research on User Fees in Education, and contributed to analytical work in all areas of education, including, Public-Private Partnership in Education, School-Based Management, Demand-Side Financing, and the Quality of Education.  During that period, she also worked on lending operations in Africa and the Middle East and North Africa Regions. Raja holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.