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Mr. Rijal holds a Master Degree in Economics. Before joining IIDS in 2015, he was a Research Associate at the Samriddhi Foundation where he co-authored a book on hydropower and contributed towards papers on foreign direct investment, anticompetitive practices, transmission system and trade. He has also been associated with the United States Institute of Peace and National Economic Concern Society. He enjoys writing on energy issues. He has also worked as an expert in the Nepal Economic Summit. Mr. Rijal also looks after South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) Secretariat as its Manager which has been relocated at IIDS.