Shiro Gnanaselvam

Shiro Gnanaselvam

Social Impact


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Shiro has spent her 30+ year career working to make international development programs and the entities that fund them more effective and impactful.  As the CEO of Social Impact (SI), Shiro develops and executes SI’s corporate strategy and leads its global staff to advance the effectiveness of programs funded by clients such as USAID, MCC and the Department of State. She has been at the forefront of charting SI’s growth as a global management consulting firm that advances development effectiveness through monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services. Prior to Social Impact, she worked in a variety of international development organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. At the Millennium Challenge Corporation she oversaw results planning, measurement and reporting for a $7 billion portfolio of investments and was at the forefront of shaping MCC’s approach to data transparency. At PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, she led projects for USAID where she was instrumental in supporting efforts to that built a strong foundation for planning, measurement and reporting. Early in her career, during her tenure at the World Bank, she supported the design and implementation of public sector reform projects in a number of African countries. Shiro is passionate about building high performing, diverse and inclusive teams, using data to drive decision making, and mentoring and coaching the next generation of leaders in international development. She was born and raised in Sri Lanka and moved to the US to get her BA from Bryn Mawr College. She also has an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and an MBA from the Smith School at the University of Maryland. She resides in the DC metro area with her husband and two teenage children.

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