Swarnim Waglé is a Member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Government of Nepal. He served earlier in the same position between May 2014 and November 2015. In his portfolio covering macroeconomics, trade and industry, he led and advised the formulation of national development policies and strategies. In the aftermath of the Great Nepal Earthquake 2015, Waglé co-led the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), helped garner billions (US$) in pledges, and headed the official Nepali delegation to the landmark Third UN Conference on Financing for Development in Addis.
Waglé has worked as a development professional for more than 15 years on policy assignments in over 20 countries, most recently as Senior Economist at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. Earlier at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), he co-authored the flagship 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South,” and co-led from 2002 to 2007 the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative. Having been the South Asia editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly (1999-2000) and a regular broadcaster on BBC Nepali Service, he maintains an interest in current affairs.
Waglé holds a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics. He was born in Bungkot, Gorkha.