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.