Dr. Prakash Kumar Shrestha is currently the Executive Director of the Economic Research Department, Nepal Rastra Bank. He also served various offices of the Bank in different capacities since 1997. On deputation, he served as the Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance and Vice Chairman of Province Planning Commission, Lumbini Province. He obtained M.A.(Economics) from TU in 1996, a Master (Economics and Finance) from Curtin University, Australia in 2004 and PhD (Economics) from The New School University, the USA in 2012.
Dr. Gobinda Raj Pokhrel is the former Vice-Chairperson of the National Planning Commission. He has expertise in the energy and finance sectors. He has served Nepal’s various government and non-government offices under executive positions and gained 20 years of experience in Nepal’s academia. As a manager of SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Dr Pokhrel has worked in several countries in South Asia. He has earned his PhD from Germany and published articles on sustainable energy, climate change and public policies in various national and international journals.
Dr. Bindu N. Lohani was Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, prior to he was Vice-President for Finance and Administration. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow at Emerging Market Forum, DC, USA, and Distinguished Adjunct Faculty at AIT (Thailand).
Dr. Lohani has years of experience and expertise in development and financing, infrastructure investment, sustainable development and sustainability issues. He serves in Boards and Advisory Roles in several countries including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Singapore, and USA.
Dr. Lohani holds a Doctoral degree in Engineering and is an elected member (foreign associate) of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of United States.
Dr. Surya Raj Acharya has a BSc Eng (Civil) from NIT Jamshedpur, BA (Economics) from TU, MEng (Resource Management) from AIT, Bangkok, and PhD from the University of Tokyo.
Dr. Acharya is an expert on infrastructure policy, planning and management, and currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk Campus. In the past he worked for Government of Nepal, United Nations- ESCAP Bangkok and Institute for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS), Tokyo. He also taught graduate level courses at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) Tokyo as an Adjunct Professor and at the University of Tokyo as a Visiting Faculty.
Dr. Dilli Raj Khanal, a former Member of the Parliament and National Planning Commission has continuously engaged in research, teaching and social works after earning his PhD in 1986. He teaches International Political Economy to PhD students at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, TU. He is the founder Chairman of the Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRAD) established in 1995.
He has published several books, policy papers and reports individually and jointly to his credit. He is the lead author of the Nepal Human Development Report 2020 published jointly by the NPC and UNDP. He is the author of the paper Political Economy of Self-reliant Development: Theories and Practices in Nepal in a book Political Economy of Nepal 2017 published by the Central Department of Economics, TU. A book on Contemporary Issues on Global and Nepalese Economy: Mainstreaming the Real Policy Agenda was published by Adroit Publishers, New Delhi (2014), Some of the other important books published individually or jointly include Social Security/Protection in Nepal, (2012), Economic Integration in South Asia: Issues and Pathways (2010), Aid Effectiveness under PRSP in Nepal (2008), Understanding Reforms in Nepal: Political Economy and Institutional Perspectives (2005), Macroeconomic Policies, Shocks and Poverty Reduction in Nepal: Simulation Based Quantitative Analysis (2005), Development Planning in Asia (1993), Financing Public Sector Development Expenditure in Selected Countries: Nepal (1988) and Public Expenditure in Nepal: Growth, Pattern and Impact (1988).