Dipak Gyawali is the Chairperson of Interdisciplinary Analysts
(IDA). He is also Pragya (Academician) of Nepal Academy of Science and
Technology and guest senior research scholar with the
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. He conducts interdisciplinary research at technology-society interface from
perspectives of Cultural Theory. A hydroelectric power engineer
(Moscow Energy Institute) and a political economist (UC Berkeley, CA), he
served as Nepal’s Minister of Water Resources in 2002/03 and initiated
community electricity. He has also chaired or served in advisory boards and
review missions of various international organizations including EU’s water
research review between FP4 to FP6, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program
IHP-6, UNESCO IHE-Delft, Coca Cola’s international environmental advisory board, US Pacific Northwest
National Lab, Myanmar’s Ayeyarwadi IRBM, Mekong River Commission,
World Bank’s Inspection Panel, Stockholm International Water Institute,
UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program and IDS Sussex’s STEPs Center.
Dr. Sudhindra Sharma
Sudhindra Sharma is the Executive Director of IDA. He has been
with IDA and has guided it since its inception in 1996. He is a Sociologist by
training and has over twenty years of experience working in research and
development in Nepal, Afghanistan, India, Finland, and Thailand. Dr. Sharma has led over 20 nationwide surveys in Nepal, covering
areas of community development, economics, finance and investment, governance,
peace and conflict, politics, and political economy. He led the survey series Nepal
Contemporary Political Situation or NCPS, which was a longitudinal opinion
survey focused on politics and was underway between 2004 and 2015. Other survey
series he has recently led are Public Safety and Security (2007–2011), Business
Climate Survey (2010-11), six surveys for the USAID-funded local governance
and community development program, Sajhedari Bikaas (2013–2017), The
Survey of Nepali People (2017 and 2018) under DFAT-TAF partnership. 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. In 2009, Dr. Sharma was awarded a Docent in Development Studies at
the University of Helsinki and has since begun supervising PhD candidates
enrolled in Development Studies at the University of Helsinki. He completed his PhD from the University of Tampere, Finland in
2001 and Masters from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines in 1992. 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.
Bal Krishna Khadka
Bal Krishna Khadka is a Statistical Consultant at IDA. Over
the past 10 years at IDA, he has been involved in data analysis of numerous
survey and research studies for various INGOs, bilateral donors, and government
agencies. In 2007, Khadka started as a Researcher at IDA and since 2013, he has
been involved as a Statistical Consultant. His expertise lies in survey design,
sampling design, survey data management, survey data analysis, and report
writing. He is a co-author of Business Climate Survey in Nepal,
Nepal Contemporary Political Situation (VI, VII and VIII, andData
Analysis and Modeling. He holds a distinction
in Master’s degree in Statistics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He also has
more than 10 years of teaching experience at graduate and undergraduate degree
programs in different universities. Since 2013, he is an Assistant Professor of
Statistics at the Kathmandu University where he teaches fundamentals of
statistics, applied statistics, data analysis for managerial decisions, and
is a Field Manager at IDA.
He has almost ten years of experience in recruiting well-qualified supervisors and enumerators for
surveys, and designing and undertaking various trainings for them. He also has
extensive experience in managing survey fieldwork and in undertaking
spot-checks and back-checks during the fieldwork to ensure overall data
quality. He has managed over 20 surveys like the nationwide public opinion
surveys, different baseline, mid-line, and end line surveys for various clients. Prior to his position as Field
Manager at IDA in 2010, Hiranya has worked as a supervisor with IDA for
several research projects. He holds a Masters’ degree in Business
Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Senior Finance Officer
Manju Koirala is a
Senior Finance Officer at IDA. She has been with IDA since 2009 and has over
ten years of demonstrated experience in preparing
financial proposals while bidding for research and consulting assignments. She also has wide range of experiences in
preparing budget and monthly payrolls, and ensuring tax compliance along with
other financial regulations. Manju holds a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce
with specialization in finance and investment analysis from Tribhuwan
University. She is also currently pursuing her Masters’ Degree in Management
from Tribhuvan University.
Chandra K.C. is a Statistician at IDA. Chandra has over eight
years of extensive experience in
developing survey design, sampling design, survey data management, and survey
data analysis. He specializes in designing
software for data entry in CSPro and in data cleaning. Chandra also has a
demonstrated history of working with software like the CS-Pro, SPSS, STAT, R,
ODK, and GIS-related technologies. Chandra is a gold medalist and holds a distinction in
Master’s in Statistics from Tribhuvan University. He has also been teaching
Statistics at Trichandra College, St. Xavier’s College, and Asian College
of Management and Technology.
Software Programming Consultant
Dinesh Dongol is a Software Programming Consultant at IDA. His strength lies in developing electronic data collection tool using different platforms such as Open Data Kit (ODK), CS-Pro, and Qualtrics. At IDA, he develops software programs for survey research projects in mobile data collection platform to be administered through android tablets and provides training to other staff and field supervisors and enumerators about use and application of the software programs. Dinesh also has experience in managing facilities for server hosting and providing inputs in data cleaning and labelling.
Pokhrel is a Research Associate at IDA. He has a strong knowledge of economic
analysis and possesses skill-set in mathematics, statistics, and econometrics.
Pankaj specializes in quantitative research and has demonstrated experience in
formulating survey questionnaire, data management, data cleaning and analysis,
and report writing. His interest lies in econometric analysis. He is also
passionate about working in R programming for statistical data analysis. Prior to
joining IDA, he was working as a Research Intern in Government of Nepal’s Local
Bodies Fiscal Commission. He holds a
Masters’ degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University.
Basnet has been working at IDA as Research Associate since 2018. He completed
Master degree in Public Administration from Public Administration College in
2018. Prior to joining IDA, he had experience as enumerator and as supervisor,
in which positions, he had worked for over 6 years. The tasks he has undertaken at IDA
include translating FGDs, IDIs and KIIs checklists from English to Nepali arranging
for the logistics of FGDs and KIIs, facilitating FGDs and KIIs and transcribing
FGD and KII notes. He also provides services as Assistant Survey Field
Coordinator and helps manage survey assignments in the field.
Dilasa Shrestha is a Research Associate at IDA who has a
keen interest in development sociology and has a passion for social science
research. She holds strong qualitative research skills; she is able to review
secondary literature well, and is able to analyze, interpret and produce
necessary insights from data collection techniques like FGDs, KIIs, IDIs etc.
Along with qualitative research skills, she is also familiar with quantitative
data. She has the ability to analyze quantitative data by using SPSS software and
prepare lucid write-ups based on it. Recently at IDA, she is involved in
various projects that requires her to demonstrate both her qualitative and
quantitative research skills. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology from
Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuwan University and she completed her Bachelor’s
in Social Work and Major English from St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar.
Rabina Thapa is a Research Associate at IDA who has an
interest in agricultural, natural resource, and environmental economics and
econometrics. She holds a master's degree from the Central Department of
Economics at Tribhuvan University and possesses great qualitative and
quantitative understanding. She previously worked as a research assistant,
acquiring qualitative information while doing FDGs, in-depth interviews, and
report writing. She has proficiency in STATA, SPSS, and the ODK platform, in
addition to statistical skills.
Rawal is a Research Associate at IDA who has an interest in gender
inclusion and community development. Sheholds a Master’s degree in Rural
Development from Tribhuvan University. Shehas sound knowledge of qualitative
research methodsandapart of the qualitative team
in the organization. Prior to joining IDA, she
worked at the National Technology Center. She also
has experience working as an enumerator
Himal Khanal is a Statistical Research Associate at
IDA. Himal has three years of experience in data management and survey data
analysis and data reporting. He has knowledge of working in SPSS, Excel, and
GIS related software.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics from
Tribhuvan University. He has also been teaching research methodology at
is an IT Associate at IDA. He has more than five years of experience in
designing and developing android applications and desktop applications for data
collection. He has a strong knowledge of various analytical software such as
Stata and SPSS. At IDA, he designs and develops applications for data
collections, provides technical user-support services, maintains and updates
databases, and data analysis.
In addition to management, Sandeep is trained in computer software
programs such as C#, ASP.net, and Graphic Designing.
Finance and Administration Assistant
Rachana Sapkota is a Finance and Administration Assistant at IDA. She
has a good knowledge in addressing the day-to-day financial needs of the organization, preparing
vouchers, journals and cheques, depositing TDS and VAT in the relevant Inland
Revenue Department office. She is also proficient in Microsoft Office
particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Photoshop. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business administration (BBA) from University.
Dilli Prasad Baral
Dilli Prasad Baral
Finance And Administration Assistant
Sapana Gautam is a Finance and Administration Assistant at IDA.
Krishna Gopal Sedai
Senior Office Driver
Krishna Gopal Sedia is a Senior Office Driver at IDA. Since his
association with IDA in 2011, Krishna has been driving office vehicles with
safety as the utmost concern, repairing and maintaining office vehicles.
Krishna is also experienced at providing logistics support in the field. During office hours, he perform the role as receptionist cum secretary.
Tamang is Office Driver. Swabhiman has been associated with IDA since 2017. His
responsibilities include driving the office vehicle with safety as the utmost concern and maintaining
the office vehicle in good condition. He also provides logistics support in the
field. During office hours, he performs the role as receptionist cum secretary.