Dr. Vineeta Shanker did her M.A. in Economics from Lucknow University in 1975, M.Phil from IIT Kanpur in 1978 and Ph.D from “Institut d’ Etudes du Developpment Economicque et Sociale”, Sorbonne, Paris in 1982. She has worked as a consultant with several multilateral organizations like ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and World Bank on issues such as equality and protection of women workers in formal sector, regional impact of financial crisis, gender mainstreaming, corruption and Governance. She worked as the project Director for World Faiths Development Dialogue, University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director of Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation.