The 115thmeeting of the Governing Council of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) which met on 5th September 2019 appointed Dr. SwarnimWagle, former Vice Chair, National Planning Commission of Nepal, as Executive Chairman of the institute for a three year period effective from Poush 1, 2076 (December 17, 2019). Dr. Wagle has been affiliated with IIDS in an advisory role since 2016.
The same meeting of the council accepted the resignation of Dr. Bishnu Dev Pant, who has been Executive Director of the institute since June 2010. Dr. Pant will however be continuing in the institute as a Distinguished Senior Fellow and will also be serving as a member of IIDS Governing Council for a period of 4 years, effective Poush 2076.
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.
Dr. Joshi worked as a Lead Education Specialist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. His experience spans policy reform and program development in a diverse range of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He has taught education sector policy analysis at George Washington University. He has a master’s degree in international education policy and a doctorate in human development from Harvard University. After 25 years of his service with the World Bank, he took an early retirement and is currently is heading the Center for Human Development and Innovation as its Founder-Director since 2017.
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Dr. Bhandari earned his Ph.D. in Development Economics from Oklahoma State University, USA. He started his career as Economist in Kathmandu based project office of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2016 until he joined IIDS as Senior Economist in 2017. He has published widely in economics related areas. His research interests include rural development, education, migration, child labor and applied micro econometrics.
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.
With a Masters degree in Development Economics from South Asian University, Mr. Shrestha's key areas of interest include issues in poverty and inequality with inclination towards macroeconomics. He joined IIDS as Economist in 2014 and is engaged in different research activities with IIDS. Besides, he has also been working as a visiting faculty in Macroeconomics at National College for Higher Education.
Ms. Nepal was formerly employed as an Associate Analyst with Ernst Young, India for close to two years. She holds an MBA (Major Finance) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a B.Com. (Hons.) from University of Delhi. Currently, she is actively engaged in the Center for Human Development and Innovation as an Economist. She is also working as a guest faculty for Financial Management at Ace International Business School. She is a candidate of CFA Institute and also a frequent contributor in national dailies like The Himalayan Times and Republica'.
Ms. Singh holds a M.A. degree in Social Work (Women Centred Practice) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a degree of B.A. (Honors) in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia-A Central University, New Delhi. She has worked in the field of social development in various agencies in India, as a core part of her academic curriculum. Ms Singh has served as intern at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, South and South-West Asia (UN-ESCAP SS-WA) in New Delhi, as Economic Affair Intern and undertook applied research project Review of Access to Energy and its Impacts on socio-Economic Status of Women in South Asia. Currently, she is working as Social Affair Officer in Institute of Integrated Development Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal. She joined IIDS in 2018.
Mr. Joshi have Completed his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Liberty College associated with Pokhara University. He have been indirectly involved in various projects funded by Taragaon Bikas Samiti previously and been contributing his expertise at IIDS since 1st June 2018.
Mr. Aryal started his career as District Census Officer at the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Specializing in time-series data management, he has worked in more than 60 socio-economic research projects. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Tribhuvan University and is one of the oldest staffs of IIDS.
Mr. Lekhak has an M.Sc. degree in Statistics from Central Department of Statistics, Tribhuvan University. He has an extensive expertise in program monitoring and evaluation, project development and implementation, capacity development on data management, analysis and research activities. He has been working as a Senior Statistician at IIDS since July 2016.Mr. Lekhak has a M.Sc. degree in Statistics from Central Department of Statistics, Tribhuvan University. He has an extensive expertise in program monitoring and evaluation, project development and implementation, capacity development on data management, analysis and research activities. He has been working as a Senior Statistician at IIDS since July 2016.
Mr. Maharjan holds a Masters degree in Rural Development from the Tribhuvan University and B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Rampur, Chitwan. He has been involved in several policy and action research programs aimed at poverty alleviation through self-help groups. He has supervised field-based action research, provided training to field-level operations and staffs and carried out process documentation of a number of action research programs.
Mr. Bhandari who is an Engineer completed his B.Tech. in Information Science and Technology from K.L. University, Vijayawada, India. He has more than four years of experience in ICT at IIDS.
Mr. Dhakal completed his MSc. in statistics from Tribhuvan University. Before joining IIDS, he worked as a lecturer of CCT College, Butwal and Tinau College, Butwal. His areas of interest include data handling and management with statistical method.
Mr. Shrestha completed Bachelors in Business Administration from Tribhuvan University in 1993. He joined IIDS in May 1999, and since then has been specializing in the preparation of budget and all aspects of financial planning and control within IIDS. Prior to this, he worked for about a decade in Mt. Everest Brewery as an Account Officer.
Ms. Nawa Durga Bista Joshi has completed her Bachelors in Economics and has been working at IIDS for 3 years. Before joining IIDS she worked as an assistant accountant in an education based NGO Center For Policy Research and Consultancy, CPReC Nepal for 2 years. Besides her involvement in administrative work, she has been involved in data management of field survey data and has working knowledge of statistical software like SPSS and CSPro.