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Minister of Water Resources
TKI and UNESCO Visiting Professor On Water
Social Science Baha
Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology
Biogas Support Program
World Water Week
2016 SPC Member
New York Academy of Sciences
Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee
Oxford Commission on Sustainable Consumption
Mekong River Commission
The Coca-Cola Company
International Environmental Advisory Board
Panel of Experts for the Mekong River Commission
King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation
Member of the International Advisory Board
Moscow Energy Institute
Dipak Gyawali is currently Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and research director of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. He also serves as chairman of Interdisciplinary Analysts, a research and consulting firm. By profession, he is a hydroelectric power engineer (Moskovsky Energetichesky Institute, USSR) as well as a political economist studying resource use (Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley). Dipak previously served as Nepal's Minister of Water Resources (responsible for power, irrigation and flood control) between November 2002 and May 2003. In that position, he initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors focused on decentralization and promotion of rural say in governance. Dipak has been working with M-POWER for many years, providing the network with an experienced South Asia perspective.
ISET : About Us : People : Board of Directors : Dipak Gyawali
Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation
ISET : About Us : People : Board of Directors : Dipak Gyawali Dipak Gyawali Director, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation; Pragya (Academician) Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Dipak Gyawali is a hydroelectric power engineer and a political economist who, during his time as Nepal's Minister of Water Resources in 2002/2003, initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors focused on decentralization and promotion of rural participation in governance. He also initiated the first national review and comparison of Nepali laws with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams. Mr. Gyawali has been a visiting professor at the UN University in Japan as well as research scholar at the East-West Center in Hawaii, Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, the London School of Economics and the International Environment Academy in Switzerland. His research focuses on the interface between technology and society as related to water and energy issues. Mr. Gyawali has served on several government commissions related to Himalayan water and energy resources development; has served as a member of the panel of experts for the Mekong River Commission reviewing its basin development plan; has published extensively both academically and in the popular press on water resource, environment and development issues; was the founding chair of the poverty alleviation focused NGO, Rural Self Reliance Development Center; is the founding chair of Nepal's first liberal arts college, the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities; and serves as advisor to Nepali associations such as Biogas Support Program and to international organizations such as The STEPS Center/University of Sussex and UN World Water Assessment Program (Perugia, Italy).
Dr Dipak Gyawali is currently Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Chair of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation as well as that of private research firm Inter Disciplinary Analysts.
He has been conducting interdisciplinary research on the interface between technology and society, and has published numerous articles on the topic of water, energy, dams, and climate change issues. A Moscow-trained hydroelectric power engineer and a University of California at Berkeley-trained political economist, he has initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors during his time as Nepal's Minister of Water Resources in 2002/2003. As a Cultural Theorist upholding the idea of institutional pluralism and its "three-legged policy stool" that requires all three styles of organizing (state, market and civic volunteerism), he was able to introduce "communitization" of electricity, the largest privatization to date of a power company bombed during the Maoist insurgency, and to improve the personnel and other management aspects within the hierarchic national electricity utility as well in his role as its ex-officio chair. He also initiated the first national review of Nepali laws with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams and brought about policy changes in irrigation through enacting Irrigation Policy 2060 that provided more say to the informal farmer-managed irrigation systems. Dipak Gyawali
Dipak Gyawali, who is Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and Research Director of the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, studied hydroelectric power engineering from Moskovsky Energetichesky Institute, USSR (1979) and Political Economy of Resources at the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California, Berkeley (1986). His interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on society technology resource base interface, with water and energy as entry points. He served as Nepal's Minister of Water Resources (responsible for power, irrigation and flood control) between November 2002 and May 2003, chairs Nepal's first liberal arts college, and is on the advisory board of associations dealing with community electricity, biogas, water supply and sanitation etc. He was UNESCO/UNU-IAS Visiting Professor of Water and Cultural Diversity in Yokohama in October/November 2010, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of United Nations' World Water Assessment Program. He has served as a member of the Panel of Experts for the Mekong River Commission, was on the International Environmental Advisory Board of Coca Cola, was a Trustee of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation, as well as the founding chair of Grameen Swabalamban Bikas Kendra, a grassroots empowerment group working for poverty alleviation in remote areas of Nepal. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nepal is diversifying its renewable energy mix | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific
"This is a self-created mess and nobody is going to solve it," said Dipak Gyawali, a water resources expert and former water resources minister of Nepal, "until they manage to forget the big hydropower projects, and dreams of exporting electricity."