Speaker's Profile

Ashok Gurung

Ashok Gurung is one of the founding senior directors of the India China Institute (ICI) and Professor of Practice in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, New York. He is responsible for the overall development, management, and coordination of ICI programs and projects in India, China, and the United States. A native of Nepal, he has taught several courses on development management and political and social issues in Nepal at the New School, and most recently taught a course on, ‘Global Himalaya: Rethinking Culture and Ecology’. 

Mr Gurung has more than twenty years of international development experience as an educator, researcher, manager, grant-maker, policy analyst, activist and training facilitator with civil society groups, academic institutions, foundations and multi-lateral organizations and governments worldwide. Among various roles, he was the Program Officer for the International Fellowships Program, the largest global leadership initiative ($280 million) of the Ford Foundation. He holds an MA in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a BA in International Service and Development from World College West in Petaluma, California, and a Certificate in Norwegian Culture and Society from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.