Governance & Management

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success

CHDI provides a platform for academics and experts in the public and private sectors from Nepal, South Asia and around the world to conduct high quality research, offer policy recommendations, and provide guidance on implementation risks and challenges on a full range of topics in education, training and skilling, and human development. CHDI is a part of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (



The Center for Human Development and Innovation is established within the Institute of Integrated Development Systems (IIDS) at Kathmandu University (KU). Learn more about CHDI Senior Management. 


Bishnu D. Pant | Executive Director, Institute for Integrated Development Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal

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.


Arun R. Joshi | Founder- Director, Center for Human Development and Innovation, Kathmandu, Nepal and Washington D.C., USA

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. 


Marito Garcia | Director, Partnerships and Innovation, CHDI, Washington D.C. 

Marito is currently a Fellow at the Darden Business School, Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. He is co-founder of Italpinas Development Corporation, and education technology company Marunex (USA). Marito was a senior staff at the World Bank, Washington DC and served as Sector Manager for Education in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, and Lead Economist. He managed an education program portfolio totalling $2.8-billion spanning 32 countries. Marito has over 20 years experience, in human development, eLearning and innovations in education technology, conditional cash transfers, and skills and workforce development across 55 countries. 

Marito is author several books (available in and peer reviewed journal articles on consumption economics, conditional cash transfers, early childhood development, consumer economics, education, labor and workforce development.  

Marito has a PhD in Development Studies at the Erasmus University  Rotterdam’s Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands and Executive Program at the Harvard Business School.


Fellows & Interns

The education and human development challenges facing Nepal require highly innovative solutions. Our Fellows are experts who are willing to engage as a team on important projects and/ or contribute to CHDI priority themes online and through blogging. Our Interns are competitively selected young university students and recent graduates who show promise in research and policy analysis in the education and human development sectors. Most Interns will work alongside Fellows on priority projects and themes. We encourage Master’s degree candidates and recent graduates in relevant disciplines to apply as interns to work with our teams on various ongoing projects. Internships can be between 6 months to a year. If you are interested, click here, and we will contact you within 3-4 weeks.

CHDI is also pleased to announce its partnership with the George Washington School of Education and Human Development, Washington, D.C. which offers selected Master's students a supervised internship at CHDI, Kathmandu, Nepal on topics mutually agreed among the selected students, the Department of International Education at GW, and CHDI.

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Ganga Gautam | Associate Professor of English - Tribhuvan University Echidna Global Scholar - Brookings Institution


International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board, will be responsible for providing overall technical guidance on CHDI's operations and products, and advising the Center on the overall direction of research and development. It will also provide guidance on new directions and innovations by drawing on global experience and innovations, and identifying areas for collaboration and partnerships in the region and around the world.

  • Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Vice-Chairman, National Planning Commission, Nepal (on Leave)
  • Dr. Robert A. LeVine, Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development, Harvard University, USA
  • Dr. Jagadish Pokharel, Former Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission, Nepal
  • Dr. Firas Raad, Country Manager, World Bank, Kuwait
  • Nepal Education Development Partners Group Chair (TBC)
  • Nancy Birdsall, Past President, Center for Global Development, USA
  • Dr. David Evans, Lead Economist, World Bank, USA
  • Dr. Amit Dar, Director of Operations, Human Development, World Bank, USA
  • Prof. Todd Rose, Associate Professor, Harvard University, USA (TBC)
  • Mr. Rajesh Rajani, Founder, Twaweza, Tanzania (TBC)
  • Dr. Ambika Adhikari, University of Phoenix, USA
  • Dr. Sajitha Bashir, Practice Manager, Education Global Practice, World Bank, USA
  • Prof. Michael Koenig, Associate Dean, Jones School of Business, Rice University, USA
  • Dr. Brajesh Panth, Education Advisor, Asian Development Bank, Philippines