Ishrat Jahan | State Head – Project Ankur, Madhya Pradesh

Ishrat Jahan is the State Head for Foundational Literacy and Numeracy program in Madhya Pradesh. She has previously led the Think Tank for Tribal Development Department of Government of Maharashtra, which is one of its kind in the country incubated within a Government Department i.e. Quest – Centre for Innovation, Planning and Evaluation. She is passionate about working with Government Departments concerning education, health, livelihood, and human rights. She has spearheaded innovative projects with Government departments in different States such as the School Education Department with GoH, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Delhi and Department of Higher and Technical Education Tribal Development Department with Government of Maharashtra. She brings to the team a decade of experience in the development sector and she has been extensively engaged in public administration along with public policy formulation for the last 6 years.

She has undertaken institutional strengthening, system re-engineering, capacitating administrative functionaries to reduce delays in service delivery and bring efficiency and transparency in a systemic manner by leveraging technology and reengineering processes. Apart from Government Departments, she has also worked with civil society organisations which includes Kaivalya Education Foundation/PFEL, Eklavya Foundation – Bhopal and she has managed multiple partners ranging from Big 4 Consulting Companies, Multiple Government Department, Ministries, Grassroot organisations and NGOs working in education, health, livelihood and human rights.

She is trained in First Language Pedagogy as part of her Masters programme in Elementary Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai – India. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Miranda House, University of Delhi.

She brings a fusion of systems thinking and creativity to generate original ideas, solve complex problems, and understand all the forces required to effect change.