Honorary Distinguished Fellows

Ambika P. Adhikari, DDes, is a Principal Planner at City of Tempe, AZ, USA heading its long-range planning division. He is also a Sr. Sustainability Scientist and frequent Faculty Associate at Arizona State University (ASU). At ASU, Dr. Adhikari earlier held the positions of Research Professor, and Program Manager at ASU International Development. He was Director of International Programs at DPRA Inc. in Toronto and Washington DC providing consulting services to projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and (then) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).


In Nepal, he was Associate Professor at Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, and later, Country Representative of IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) at IUCN Nepal office. He is a Fellow of American Society of Nepalese Engineers, Member of American Institute of Certified Planners, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and Project Management Professional (PMP).


He received Doctor of Design (DDes.) degree from Harvard University, and Master of Architecture from the University of Hawaii. He was a Fellow at Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Adhikari has authored one, and co-edited six books related to planning, environment and development. He has published several journal articles, reports and write ups in newspapers. He has professional experience in more than a dozen countries. He is active in many community organizations in North America and globally.