Speaker's Profile

Dipak Gyawali

Dipak Gyawali is currently ‘Pragya’ (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and Chair of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. As a cultural theorist upholding the idea of institutional pluralism requiring all three styles of organizing, he conducts interdisciplinary research on the interface between technology and society. 

A Moscow-trained hydroelectric power engineer and a 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. He has published extensively at national and international levels and serves/has served on many international advisory panels, including UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program, IDS Sussex’s STEPs Center, Mekong’s MPower, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Coca Cola.