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 of Inter Disciplinary Analysts (IDA). Dr. Sharma has been with IDA since its inception in 1996. A Sociologist by training he completed his PhD from the University of Tampere, Finland in 2001 and Masters from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines in 1992. As Executive Director of IDA, his responsibilities include raising funds, preparing proposals, designing strategies and methods, coordinating staff involved in various research and consulting assignments, and overseeing report writing for different clients. He has international experience in research as a visiting scholar at the German Development Institute, Bonn; Institute of Development Studies, Helsinki; Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; and the Institute of Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He was involved as international consultant with The Asia Foundation in Afghanistan where he provided technical inputs in Survey of the Afghan People (2007-2011). He has led over 20 nationwide surveys in Nepal, including Nepal Contemporary Political Situation or NCPS series (2004-2015), Public Safety and Security series co-implemented with SaferWorld (2007–2011) Business Climate Survey series (2010-11), several surveys for USAID-funded Sajhedari Bikaas (2013–2017) and Independent Impacts and Recovery Monitoring Wave I, II, III and IV. 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 to and co-authored several policy papers brought out by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki. He was awarded Docent in Development Studies at the University of Helsinki in February 2009 and has since also begun supervising PhD candidates enrolled in Development Studies at University of Helsinki.