Core Staff


Dr Pant has a PhD in Applied Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute. He began his professional career as a Lecturer in Tribhuvan University in 1976 and worked at the Agricultural Projects Services until 1984. He also served in the National Planning Commission as a Statistics Advisor for about 18 months until the end of 1985. 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, Dr Pant moved to the Asian Development Bank in Manila and worked in various positions at the Economics and Research Department. In March 2006, he was appointed as the Director of the Development Indicators Policy Research Division. He retired from the ADB in July 2008. After returning to Nepal, he served as professor and director of the Centre for Economics and Applied Statistics at the South Asian Institute of Management. 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. He has published widely in economics and applied statistics.

Dr. Arun R. Joshi
Director, Center for Human Development and Innovation

Until recently, 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.

Dr. Nayan Krishna Joshi
Senior Economist

Dr Joshi earned his MA and a PhD in Economics from Wayne State University, USA. He has published papers in Economics & Politics, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, South Asia Economic Journal, Economic Journal of Nepal, and NRB Economic Review. His current research interests are in health economics, applied econometrics, household finance, and political economy.


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 MA in political science from Tribhuvan University.


Mr. Shrestha received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Tribhuvan University in 1993. He joined IIDS in May 1999, and specializes in the preparation of budget and all aspects of financial planning and control at IIDS. Prior to this, he worked for about a decade in Mt. Everest Brewery as an Account Officer.


Mr Maharjan holds a Masters in Rural Development from the Tribhuvan University and BSc 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 staff, and carried out process documentation of a number of action research programs.


Mr. Koirala completed his MA in Economics from the International University of Japan in 2014 and MSc from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Rampur, in 2011. He has more than five years of project and research experience in different organizations. His interests lie in agriculture, environment, climate change, migration and remittance. He is well versed on econometric techniques.


Mr. Rijal holds a Master's in economics. Before joining IIDS, he was a Research Associate at the Samriddhi Foundation where he co-authored a book on hydropower and 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 teaching economics and writing on energy issues. He has contributed as an expert to the Nepal Economic Summit.


Bhandari is an engineer who 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.

Mr. Saurab Man Shrestha works as an economist at Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) at KU. He has been engaged in different research activities at IIDS. He has completed his Masters of Arts in Development Economics from South Asian University, India. His key area of interest includes the issues in poverty and inequality and is also keen on understanding the macroeconomic issues. He has also worked as faculty member of Development Economics in Camad College and National College for Higher Education. Currently, he has been engaged as a lecturer of Economics at Campion College.

Mr. Prabin Dhakal

Mr. Dhakal completed his MSc. in statistics from Tribhuwan University. Before joining IIDS, he was a lecturer of CCT college Butwal and Tinau College Butwal. His area of interest includes data handling and managing with statistical method.


Ms. Rimal completed her MA in economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and her BA (Hons) in economics from Delhi University. Since joining IIDS in 2014, she has been involved in various economic and policy research activities. Her fields of interest include development economics, international trade, political economy and behavioral and experimental economics.


Ms. Bhujel holds an MA in economics from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and a BA in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. She has more than two years of working experience in economic research, and has contributed articles to leading English dailies. Her areas of interest include socio-economic issues, political economy, international trade and literature.

Ms. Binisha Nepal
Economist, Center for Human Development and Innovation

Ms. Nepal holds an MBA, Major Finance from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and B.Com (Honors) from University of Delhi. She has close to 2 years of experience with Ernst Young in India as an Associate Analyst.


Ms Ranjit holds a BCom and a post-graduate diploma in women's studies from Tribhuvan University. She started her career as a receptionist at IIDS in 1990, and trained to be a librarian from the National Library Association of Nepal.