Shehnab has her academic background in History and International Development. She acquired her second Master’s degree in Development from the International Training Centre of the ILO in collaboration with the University of Torino, Italy. She also has a specialized Post Graduate Diploma in European Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria. She started her career in the field of development with special interest in Communications for Development. Prior to joining CCAFS South Asia, she worked as the International Communications Officer for Relief International in Jordan, wherein she lent communication and coordination support to the organization providing education services to the Syrian refugees in the country’s largest refugee camps, Zaátari and Azraq.