Country Director, Young Lives India
Dr Renu Singh has over twenty-six years of experience in school management, teacher education, policy analysis and research both in India and abroad. Currently she is working as Country Director for Young Lives, University of Oxford, a fifteen-year longitudinal research study on childhood poverty. A trained Montessorian, special educator and educational psychologist, she has managed a school in Dubai, held the position of Director, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Delhi, Director AADI (formerly Spastic Society of Northern India) and has been a member of the Senior Management Team of Save the Children, India. She has also held the position of Visiting Professor to Centre for Early Childhood Development & Research, Jamia Millia Islamia University. She has provided technical and strategic lead to an EU funded Technical Cooperation Fund to the MHRD entitled ‘Exchange of International Best Practices Leading to Innovation in SSA’, working with seven states (Gujarat, AP, Rajasthan, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir) from 2010-2013 as well as a USAID Project (REACH-India) on Whole School Development from 2003-2007. She has been the Governing Body Member of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for two terms, a member of various Joint Review Missions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), a member of the Working Group on Early Childhood Care & Education, Ministry of Women & Child Development, responsible for drafting the National Policy of Early Childhood Care and Education, 2013 and a member of Expert Committees in Government Institutions such as the Rehabilitation Council of India. She has published widely, and her main areas of interest remain gender, early childhood and inclusion.