Jagadish C Pokharel
Ph D (MIT); MURP (Hawaii); B Arch (Thessaloniki) Director and Vice Chairman, Community of Evaluators – South Asia
Dr Pokharel, a national of Nepal has been trained in regional planning. He is currently heading Nepal Institute for Urban and Regional Studies (NIURS), a national institution based in Kathmandu and dedicated to understanding the urbanization and development dynamics in the country and globally.
Dr Pokharel has held several high-profile public positions in Nepal. He was two-term Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC) of Nepal from 2010-2013 and 2006-2008 and nearly five years Member of same Commission. He designed and guided Nepal’s national development plans for post conflict reconstruction. He has been instrumental in institutionalizing Monitoring and Evaluation system at the national and local level governments of the country.
He has served as Vice Chairperson of the UN High-Level Committee on Least Developed Countries. He has led and participated in various national delegations to international fora including the UN General Assembly, ESCAP, SAARC Ministerial meetings, World Mountain Summit, and the Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg. Dr Pokharel is an active researcher and evaluator and brings vast experience in organizational leadership. His area of interests includes understanding the role of power, and evaluation in better development governance.