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.
Biswash Gauchan is the Director of the Center for Economic Policy in IIDS. He served in UNDP both in Nepal and Africa for 10 years in different capacities and went on to become a Chief Executive Officer of a Commercial Bank in South Sudan where he served for two years. During his tenure in UNDP Nepal, he championed the cause and implementation of national execution based on whose success he was called upon by UNDP Mongolia and UNDP Pakistan to assist them on its implementation in those two countries. He is the founder chairman of Shangri-la Development Bank and co-founder of Quest International College and Omega International School. He writes extensively on economic policy and geo-strategic issues relating to Nepal and South Asia. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and holds PhD degree in Economics from Lovely Professional University, India. His PhD thesis is on monetary integration in South Asia.
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. 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. Rijal holds a Master Degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University and an MSc in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from University of Nottingham as a Chevening Scholar. 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,business regulation, 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 and has 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 after its relocation 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'.
Mr. Abyaya Neopane is an Economist at IIDS with several years of experience in research, data analysis and public policy. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Associate to the Vice-chair (Dr. Swarnim Wagle) at the National Planning Commission (NPC), Government of Nepal. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, he worked as a Research Analyst in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment led by NPC. He has co/authored a number of reports, policy briefs and studies such as baseline report on Sustainable Development Goals for Province 1 and Karnali Province, and on issues such as services trade, WTO's LDC waiver and the public transportation syndicate. He is also the co-author of the book "Jobs, Investment and The Economic Structure", by Dr. Swarnim Wagle.
Mr. Neopane holds an MSc. degree in Economics from the University of Warwick and also is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.
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.
Anuj Bhandari is the System Analyst at IIDS with over 10 years of work experience in this field. He has been working at IIDS since 2011 and maintains the IT infrastructure and provides strategies for implementing IT solutions in the work place. Apart from providing IT solutions, time and again, he has assisted on research projects at IIDS that require understanding of the IT systems and inputs from the IT field. He has worked on projects for the government and for other international agencies.
Mr. Bhandari is the nodal IT person for collecting data. Under the project Bhandari helped in identifying and developing the online software, executing the survey and compiling survey inputs.
Mr. Bhandari is an Engineer completed his B.Tech. in Information Science and Technology from K.L University,Vijayawada,South India. He also holds several advanced technical certificates in the IT field.
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.
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. Lohani completed his Masters in Rural Development from Tribhuvan university. He has been associated with various NGOs for the fulfillment of his Academic practicum and voluntarily contributed on Welfare endeavor. Before joining IIDS, He Worked as a Project facilitator on IUDP project funded by DUDBC.
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.