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Shobha Shetty

Sector Manager, Rural Development Unit, South Asia region

Shobha Shetty is currently Sector Manager, Rural Development in the South Asia region of the World Bank. She oversees a $2 billion portfolio of rural development and livelihood projects in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. She has worked in the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Tunisia, Syria, Saudi Arabia on a wide range of issues pertaining to agriculture and rural development including irrigation and water resources management, the role of ICT in rural development, agricultural marketing, wastewater reuse, rural infrastructure and food security. From 2002-2003 she was a Visiting Fellow at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Hyderabad. Prior to joining the World Bank, Shobha taught undergraduate statistics at Cornell and has worked as a consultant to the Asian Institute of Management, Manila. Shobha has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, Madras. She obtained her Masters and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.