Governing Council

Swarnim Waglé is Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), a South Asian policy think tank established in Kathmandu in 1979. Between 2014 and 2018 Dr. Waglé served the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Government of Nepal for three years, first as Member and then as Vice-Chair (with rank equivalent to minister). As the head of the Government’s apex policy advisory body, Dr. Waglé guided the formulation of national development strategies, coordinated policy across the public sector, monitored large projects, led ministerial delegations on the international stage, and steered organizational change. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake of 2015 and the flood of 2017, he co-led the Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) and helped garner pledges for billions of dollars in assistance. Swarnim Waglé has worked as an international development professional for more than 15 years, with policy assignments in over 20 countries. Prior to returning to Nepal, he was Senior Economist at The World Bank in Washington, DC. Earlier, he co-authored the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s global 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South.” From 2002 to 2007, he co-led the UN’s AsiaPacific Trade and Investment Initiative. Dr. Waglé sits on the Senate of Kathmandu University. He chairs and advises several non-profit organizations, including Baliyo Nepal, a nutrition initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of the World Bank’s South Asia Championing and Visioning Process, and a member of the South Asia Governing Council of Future Earth. In 1999-2000 he served as South Asia editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly. He has also undertaken short-term assignments at the Asian Development Bank (Manila) and the International Trade Center (Geneva). Swarnim 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 Gorkha.