Ambika P Adhikari, Ph.D.

Advisor, Canada Foundation for Nepal

Ambika P Adhikari, Ph.D. Ambika P Adhikari: Dr. Adhikari, obtained a Doctor of Design from Harvard University, Post-graduate Fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Master in Architecture from Iniversity of Hawaii. He brings substantial experiences earned in regional planning, urban development, management, and policy development from USA, Canada, Mexico and South Asia. He has made notable contributions in leading international organizations like IUCN, World Bank, ADB, and the UN system, as a head of country office, consultant and government counterpart. Included in his work credentials are his achievements in private sector, local, state and national governments, universities, and non-profit (NGO) settings in research, technical, professional and management at senior and leadership capacities. In these roles, he has achieved extraordinary results in research, project design, management, budgeting, program and fund development, and government, and stakeholder relations and program implementation.

Dr. Adhikari has published five books (one as an author and four as co-editor), dozens of professional articles in journals and magazine and has taught and given guest lectures at universities in US, Canada, Chile, Mexico, India and Nepal. His book “Urban and Environmental Planning in Nepal” published by IUCN is used as a reference text in Nepali Universities. His articles regularly appear in planning publications in the US, community papers in the US and Canada and newspapers in Nepal. He is an editor for the Liberal Democracy in Nepal Bulletin (LDNB) published by the Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico.

Besides, Dr Adhikari is an active promoter of the causes of Nepal and one of the core proponents of Open University of Nepal initiative in NRNA. He is the Regional Coordinator for Americas at International Coordination Council of Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA), past President of Nepalese Americas Council, adviror to many community organizations, and a respected personality in Nepalese community in the USA and in Nepal.

He works as a senior planner for a government in Arizona and is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. He sits in various professional and governmental boards in Arizona and volunteers his time in planning and other professional bodies. A former Associate Professor of Tribhuvan University and Country Representative of IUCN in Nepal, he also brings extensive experience of working in Nepal from academia, environmental, and development projects.