A Ph.D. holder in Applied Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Dr. Pant began 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.