Govind Raj Pokharel is Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission of Nepal. He has over ten years of direct management experience as an executive director of various government institutions and NGOs, and over 20 years of experience in the academic field. He served for three years as Manager at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation based in various locations in South Asia.
Under his leadership, the Government of Nepal’s Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) was recognized as a focal point for promoting renewable energy in Nepal and access to renewable sources of energy in the country increased. He was Professor at the Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has authored and co-authored numerous research papers on sustainable energy, climate change, policy, and technical aspects of renewable energy technologies and financing.