Tara Béteille is a Senior Economist at the World Bank, where she has been working on the Bank’s India and Sri Lanka education programs. She is part of the 2018 World Development Report team (Realizing the Promise of Education for Development). Tara joined the World Bank in 2010 through the Young Professional’s Program. She joined the Education Practice in 2012, after working with the Independent Evaluation Group and the Chief Economist’s Office (South Asia Region) from 2010 till 2012. In the education practice, her work has ranged from project design and implementation to research, covering school education through higher education. Her area of expertise includes the political economy of education systems. Tara obtained her PhD from Stanford University in 2009, specializing in the economics of education, after which she worked as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center for Education Policy and Analysis. Tara also led ICICI Bank’s non-profit initiatives in education in India from 2000 till 2004.