Core Staff


Dr. Pant has a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute. He began his professional career as a Lecturer in Tribhuvan University in 1976 and worked at the Agricultural Projects Services until 1984. He also served in the National Planning Commission as a Statistics Advisor for about 18 months until the end of 1985. Early 1986, Dr. Pant joined the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok as the Chief of the Statistical Information Services Section, where he worked for ten years. In 1996, Dr. Pant moved to the Asian Development Bank in Manila and worked in various positions at the Economics and Research Department. In March 2006, he was appointed as the Director of the Development Indicators Policy Research Division. He retired from the ADB in July 2008. After returning to Nepal, he served as professor and director of the Centre for Economics and Applied Statistics at the South Asian Institute of Management. An applied statistician with over 30 years of national and international experience, Dr. Pant has extensive management and leadership experience. He has managed statistical offices in international agencies, devised statistical programs for less advanced countries, undertaken evidence-based policy research and data analysis. He has published widely in economics and applied statistics.

Founder-Director, Center for Human Development and Innovation

Until recently, Dr. Joshi worked as a Lead Education Specialist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. His experience spans policy reform and program development in a diverse range of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He has taught education sector policy analysis at George Washington University. He has a master’s degree in international education policy and a doctorate in human development from Harvard University. After 25 years of his service with the World Bank, he took an early retirement and is currently is heading the Center for Human Development and Innovation as its Founder-Director.


Mr. Aryal started his career as District Census Officer at the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Specializing in time-series data management, he has worked in more than 60 socio-economic research projects. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Tribhuvan University and is one of the oldest staffs of IIDS. 


Mr. Shrestha completed Bachelors in Business Administration from Tribhuvan University in 1993. He joined IIDS in May 1999, and since then has been specializing in the preparation of budget and all aspects of financial planning and control within IIDS. Prior to this, he worked for about a decade in Mt. Everest Brewery as an Account Officer.

Dr. Dhruba Bhandari
Senior Economist, Research Unit

Dr. Bhandari earned his Ph.D. in Development Economics from Oklahoma State University, USA. His research interests include rural development, education, migration, child labor and applied econometrics.

Senior Economist, Research Unit

Mr. Rijal holds a Master Degree in Economics. Before joining IIDS, 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, 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. He has also worked as an expert in the Nepal Economic Summit. Mr. Rijal also looks after South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) as its Manager as its secretariat is relocated at IIDS.

Dharmendra P. Lekhak
Senior Statistician, General Services Wing

Mr. Lekhak has an M.Sc. degree in Statistics from Central Department of Statistics, Tribhuvan University. He has an extensive expertise in program monitoring and evaluation, project development and implementation, capacity development on data management, analysis and research activities. He has been working as a Senior Statistician at IIDS since July 2016.

PROGRAM OFFICER, General Services Wing

Mr Maharjan holds a Masters degree in Rural Development from the Tribhuvan University and B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Rampur, Chitwan. He has been involved in several policy and action research programs aimed at poverty alleviation through self-help groups. He has supervised field-based action research, provided training to field-level operations and staffs and carried out process documentation of a number of action research programs.

ECONOMIST, Research Unit

Mr. Koirala completed his M.A. in Economics from the International University of Japan in 2014 and M.Sc. from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Rampur, in 2011. He has more than five years of project and research experience with different organizations. His interests lie in agriculture, environment, climate change, migration and remittance. He is well versed on econometric techniques.

ECONOMIST, Research Unit

With a Masters degree in Development Economics from South Asian University, Mr. Shrestha's key areas of interest include issues in poverty and inequality with inclination towards macroeconomic aspects. Previously, he worked as a Lecturer of Development Economics at Camad College and National College for Higher Education also as a Lecturer of Economics at Campion College. At present, he is engaged in different research activities as an Economist with IIDS.

Prabin Dongol
ECONOMIST, Research Unit

Mr. Dongol completed Masters in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. Previously, he has been involved in different projects within IIDS such as “Local Governance Action Research” of The Asia Foundation and “Policy Reform Initiative Project” of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He has been involved in various research activities and has published papers in Agricultural Economics Research Review and Nepal Tourism Development Review. His research interests include tourism, agriculture, remittance, migration, and development economics.

Economist, Center for Human Development and Innovation

Ms. Nepal was formerly employed as an Associate Analyst with Ernst Young, India for close to 2 years. She holds an MBA (Major Finance) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a B.Com. (Hons.) from University of Delhi. At present she is actively engaged in the Center for Human Development and Innovation as an Economist.

SYSTEM ANALYST, General Services Wing

Mr. Bhandari who is an Engineer completed his B.Tech. in Information Science and Technology from K.L. University, Vijayawada, India. He has more than four years of experience in ICT.

Statistician, General Services Wing

Mr. Dhakal completed his MSc. in statistics from Tribhuvan University. Before joining IIDS, he worked as a lecturer of CCT College, Butwal and Tinau College, Butwal. His areas of interest include data handling and management with statistical method.

DOCUMENTATION OFFICER, General Administration Wing

Ms. Ranjit holds a B.Com. degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Women Studies from Tribhuvan University. One of the oldest staffs of IIDS, she started her career with IIDS in 1990 is now a trained Librarian from the National Library Association of Nepal.