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.