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Shilpa Rao

Shilpa is Head of State Engagements at IDFC Institute, managing the Institute's state government relationships.


Shilpa brings with her over a decade of experience in low-income housing. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked with Janalakshmi Financial Services (now Jana Small Finance Bank) where she helped set up and run their retail housing and affordable housing project finance business. Prior to that she ran the South Asia Housing Finance Advisory vertical (Financial Institutions Group) in International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group where she worked closely with early pioneers in the Low-Income Housing Finance space in India to launch innovative financing products. Her work has also involved working extensively with apex regulatory bodies and other multilaterals to help build a market enabling ecosystem to support more private sector involvement in Housing.


Outside of the Institute she is currently also a freelance consultant working on housing related projects with non-profits, multilateral institutions and private sector clients across India and South Asia.


She holds a Master's degree in Development Studies a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunication Engineering.

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