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Bishwambher Pyakuryal taught Economics at Tribhuvan University for 39 years. He holds Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Tribhuvan University and Masters in International Affairs majoring in Development Studies from Ohio University, USA. As a Senior Fulbright Scholar he has also completed Post-doctoral Research in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA.

Professor Pyakuryal holds posts at many centers of repute around the world. He has been professional Associate at the East-West Center, Honolulu; a Scholar-in-Residence of the Rockefeller Foundation in Italy; and a visiting scholar at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Pyakuryal was the Chairman of Nepal Industrial Development Corporation (NIDC); a member of the board of Nepal’s central bank (Nepal Rastra Bank); a member of Trade Advisory Committee headed by the Prime Minister; a Chairman of High-level Public Expenditure Commission of the government of Nepal; a Commissioner of the Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation of SAARC. He is currently, a member of the high-level financial sector strategy committee, a member of the advisory board of the Office of Auditor General, and a member of the High-Level Economic Diplomacy, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Pyakuryal is in the editorial advisory board of the South Asian Economic Journal published jointly by IPS, Colombo and RIS, New Delhi. He worked as a member of the advisory bodies of IFPRI, South Asia and Center for Trade and Development, New Delhi. Dr. Pyakuryal is a Fellow at South Asia Network for Environmental Economics and Development (SANDEE).

Professor Pyakuryal has written co-authored and edited thirteen books and published research articles in accredited national and international journals. The recent chapters in the edited books include “Economic Growth in Nepal: Need for Reforms” in Stability and Growth in South Asia, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi; “Liberalization and Food Security in Nepal”, Oxford University Press; “Policy Priorities and Role of Aid in Post-conflict Economies”, Sage; Trade Liberalization and Food Security in Nepal”, Food Policy Journal, London and Food Price Volatility and Uncertainty: The Case of Nepal, Center for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka. Pyakurya’s book entitled, ‘Nepal’s Development Tragedy: Threats and Opportunities’ by Fine Prints is in the press for second edition. The last book edited by Prof. Pyakuryal is on ‘Macroeconomics: A Radical Rethinking in Growth, Inequality and Inclusiveness’.

Prof. Pyakuryal has been an international consultant to the World Bank, IFC, ADB, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNFPA, ESCAP, IUCN, IPPF, WHO, CIDA, ICEG, EU, The Asia Foundation; IRIS Center, U.S.A; UN/APCAEM, Beijing; DFID; SDC; ILO, and FAO.