Governing Council

As per the constituency of IIDS, the Governing Council is the apex body of IIDS, whose role is to provide overall policy direction and guidance to the Institute and ensure its smooth functioning through- (i) formulation of rules and policies; (ii) allocation of resources; (iii) appointing of an auditor; (iv) approving the annual balance sheet and account of the Institute; (v) monitoring and evaluating activities. The members of the Council also contribute professionally to the activities of IIDS in their areas of interest and competence. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the Council and for the day-to-day management of the Institute.    

Dr. Sainju is a former Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and Nepal's Ambassador to the United States. He has also served as the Vice Chairperson of the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) and as Executive Chairperson of IIDS.

Dr. Baskota is professor at Kathmandu University. He is a former dean of School of Arts at Kathmandu University, associate professor at the Centre for Economic Development and Administration at Tribhuvan University, deputy director at ICIMOD, and program director of Nepal Staff College.

Dr. Thapa is a former Member Secretary of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning, Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Secretary of the Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Nepal's Ambassador to the United States and India, Vice President of the International Development Research Centre, Canada, and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sah is a senior agriculture researcher and development professional with over 30 years of field and management experience. He is currently the Project Coordinator in Nepal Economic, Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) Activity Project, USAID/Chemonics Intl.

Prof. Adhikari has a legal career of more than twenty-five years. Before accepting the appointment as Dean of Kathmandu University School of Law Adhikari worked as a constitutional jurisconsult as the owner of Nepal Consulting Lawyers, Inc - a group of legal professionals in Kathmandu, and gave leadership to Nepal Constitution Foundation, which is a foremost not-for-profit think tank in Nepal in the area of constitutional law and public policy analysis, as its chairperson.


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.