Chief Executive Members

Dipak Gyawali

Dipak Gyawali is the Chairman of IDA. He is a member of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and a founding member of the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (Boulder and Kathmandu). A water resource engineer and resource economist by training, he is the founding Chair of the first liberal arts college in Nepal, the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He has been a visiting professor at the UN University in Japan as well as research scholar at the East-West Center in Hawaii, Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, the London School of Economics and the International Environment Academy in Switzerland. His interests include inter disciplinary research on the interface between technology and society as related to water and energy issues. He is the author of the book Rivers, Technology and Society: Learning the Lessons of Water Management in Nepal published jointly by Zed Books and Himal Books. He has written extensively on natural resource management, technology and societal change. Gyawali served as the water resource minister of Nepal in 2002/2003 and was the founding chair of the poverty alleviation focused NGO, Rural Self Reliance Development Center. He serves as advisor to Nepali associations such as Biogas Support Program etc. and to international organizations such as The STEPS Center/University of Sussex, UN World Water Assessment Program (Perugia, Italy) and, till 2008, Coco Cola International (Atlanta, USA).

Dr. Sudhindra Sharma

Sudhindra Sharma is the Executive Director at IDA. A Sociologist by training, he completed his PhD from the University of Tampere in Finland in 2001. In 2009 he was awarded Docent in Development Studies at University of Helsinki. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Development Studies (Helsinki), Center for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Institute of Asian Studies (Bangkok) and Center for Contemporary Theory (Vadodara). He is the author of the book Procuring Water: Foreign Aid and Rural Water Supply in Nepal (2001) and a co-editor of the book Aid under Stress: Water, Forests and Finnish Support in Nepal (2004). He has contributed articles on aid relationships and impacts in developing countries. He has made several contributions to the policy papers brought out by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki which has covered issues related to democratization, conflict and globalization in developing countries. Besides foreign aid, he has also examined the role of religion where he has examined Hinduism and Islam in Nepal and has to his credit several research articles in journals and books in Nepal and in India. Sharma is also interested in quantitative social science research techniques and has led several nationwide longitudinal opinion poll surveys in Nepal in different areas such as politics, safety and security, business, etc. With Pawan Kumar Sen, he has co-authored research articles on public opinion surveys. Between 1998 and 2009 Sudhindra was associated with the Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues, a four-month intensive social science course provided to Nepali graduates, organized under the aegis of the Social Science Baha. Since its establishment in 2010, Sharma has been Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities.