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.
Sharma is a research associate at IDA. She has undertaken tasks such as
transcribing interviews, conducting phone surveys and writing reports.
to joining IDA, she has worked as a “research associate” in National Institute
for Development and Research (P). Ltd. She has experience of gathering
qualitative information from field, conducting FGDs, KIIs and In-depth
interviews. Ms. Sharma holds a master degree in Development Studies from
Shweta Acharya is a Research Associate at IDA. She
holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University School
of Arts. She has a sound knowledge on qualitative research methods and is a part
of the qualitative team in the organization. She is currently involved in tasks
such as, translation, literature reviews, and formulation of write-ups, and has assisted
in writing reports and proposals as well.
Ridima Tulachan is a Research Associate at IDA. At IDA, she has
undertaken tasks such as transcribing interviews, translating works from Nepali
to English and copy-editing reports which has helped to improve her skill set.
joining IDA, she has experience working as an enumerator and translator. She
holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University and a
Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from Pokhara University. She has
interned for Women’s Skill Development Organization (WSDO).
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.
Shreezal G.C. is a Research Associate at IDA who is
interested in microeconomics and econometrics. He has a master’s degree in
Economics from Tribhuvan University with strong knowledge of quantitative part
of the economics and has published few empirical papers that are available on
the public domain. He has a strong mathematical and statistical knowledge
regarding survey datasets and doing empirical research utilizing the same using
econometric tools. He is proficient in R programming language along with
knowledge in STATA, ODK platform, adobe packages and WordPress web designing.
Statistical Research Assistance
Himal Khanal is a Statistical Research Assistance 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
Durga Adhikari is an Office Receptionist at IDA. She has worked
with IDA since 2010. Durga is
proficient at her job and she is involved in answering and transferring office
phone calls, regularly checking IDA’s inbox, directing emails to concerned IDA
staff, taking notes and messages, scanning and photo-copying relevant
documents. She is also aware about updating mailing lists, contact lists and
client information along with the database of consultants, enumerators,
supervisors. She is also responsible for coordinating and managing appointments
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.
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