Himdat is a proactive Education Specialist and co-task team leader of the Africa Centers of Excellence Higher Education Project (ACE project) spanning 9 countries and 22 universities in West and Central Africa. Himdat is currently leading the technical implementation support and supervision of the $165 million ACE project, where she provides technical and operational support for the successful delivery of the first regional results based higher education project in the Africa region. Himdat is also co-author of the Kenya Expanding Tertiary Education and Competitiveness Report and currently preparing the initial phases of a West Africa Regional Skills Project. Prior to joining the Africa region, Himdat was part of the East Asia Education team where she co-authored a Policy Note on School Based Management as part of the Public Expenditure Tracking Survey as well as supporting the Philippines $300 million Learning Equity and Accountability Project. Himdat also has experience with the International Financial Corporation (IFC) Global Higher Education team where she led the development and piloting of the IFC Employability Assessment Tool in 6 countries across Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America as well the development of the IFC Education Development Outcomes Tracking Survey (DOTS). Himdat also has extensive experience in basic and secondary education where she was the primary author of the Gambia Third Education Implementation Completion Report and prior to joining the Africa region, Himdat was with the MENA education team based in Yemen where she supported the preparation, implementation and supervision of the basic education projects. Himdat’ s operational and analytical experience at the World Bank spans 9 years, where she has led project design, preparation, supervision and implementation support. Before joining the World Bank, she worked in the London financial sector as a research analyst as well Transparency International’s London chapter. Himdat holds a Bsc in Economics from Cardiff University and Msc in Development from the London School of Economics. Himdat is originally from Mombasa, Kenya and has spent many years in the UK, Middle East and the United States. She is fluent in Swahili, Arabic, and English with intermediate French.