Swarnim Waglé is Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), a South Asian policy think tank established in Kathmandu in 1979. Between 2014 and 2018 Dr. Waglé served the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Government of Nepal for three years, first as Member and then as Vice-Chair (with rank equivalent to minister). As the head of the Government’s apex policy advisory body, Dr. Waglé guided the formulation of national development strategies, coordinated policy across the public sector, monitored large projects, led ministerial delegations on the international stage, and steered organizational change. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake of 2015 and the flood of 2017, he co-led the Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) and helped garner pledges for billions of dollars in assistance. Swarnim Waglé has worked as an international development professional for more than 15 years, with policy assignments in over 20 countries. Prior to returning to Nepal, he was Senior Economist at The World Bank in Washington, DC. Earlier, he co-authored the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s global 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South.” From 2002 to 2007, he co-led the UN’s AsiaPacific Trade and Investment Initiative. Dr. Waglé sits on the Senate of Kathmandu University. He chairs and advises several non-profit organizations, including Baliyo Nepal, a nutrition initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of the World Bank’s South Asia Championing and Visioning Process, and a member of the South Asia Governing Council of Future Earth. In 1999-2000 he served as South Asia editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly. He has also undertaken short-term assignments at the Asian Development Bank (Manila) and the International Trade Center (Geneva). Swarnim Waglé holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.
He was born in Gorkha.
Dr. Sainju is a former Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and Nepal's Ambassador to the United States. He has also served as the Vice Chairperson of the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) and as Executive Chairperson of IIDS.
Professor, Tribhuwan University
Dr. Thapa is a former Member Secretary of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning, Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Secretary of the Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Nepal's Ambassador to the United States and India, Vice President of the International Development Research Centre, Canada, and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Sah is a senior agriculture researcher and development professional with over 30 years of field and management experience. He is currently the Project Coordinator in Nepal Economic, Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) Activity Project, USAID/Chemonics Intl.
Dr. K.C. was recently appointed as the Dean of the Kathmandu University School of Management. He also served as the Dean at the SIAM College.
Prof. Dr. Sharma did his M.Sc from Tribhuvan University Kathmandu, Nepal on Zoology (Ecology). Grade obtained - First Class First with Distinction. He obtained his Doctoral degree titled Dr.nat.techn., University of Agriculture, Forestry and Renewable Natural Resources (BOKU), Vienna, Austria in the year 1996. He worked as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow under the North South Dialogue Fellowship scheme at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Hydrobiology, Vienna, Austria. He also served as prestigious Post Doctoral Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (2009-2010) at Towson University, Maryland, USA.
He started his career as an assistant Lecturer at the Department of Zoology, Trichandra College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Before this appointment he was serving as Professor of Environmental Science & Engineering, Kathmandu University. He also served as Head - Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University.
A Ph.D. holder in Applied Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Dr. Pantbegan his professional career at the Agricultural Projects Services where he worked from 1977 to 1984. He served in the National Planning Commission as a Statistics Advisor for about 18 months until the end of 1985. In early 1986, Dr. Pant joined the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok as the Chief of the Statistical Information Services Section, where he worked for ten years. In 1996, he moved to the Asian Development Bank in Manila and worked in various senior positions including as the Director of Development Indicators Policy Research Division at the Economics and Research Department. After taking retirement from the ADB in July 2008 he worked as Professor at the South Asian Institute of Management until he joined the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) in June 2010. An applied statistician with over 30 years of national and international experience, Dr. Pant has extensive management and leadership experience. He has managed statistical offices in international agencies, devised statistical programs for less advanced countries, undertaken evidence-based policy research and data analysis.