Speaker's Profile 

Dipak Gyawali

Former Minister, Nepal Government (Water Resources Ministry)

Dipak Gyawali is a hydroelectric power engineer and political economist. An academician of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, he is also chair of the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation and Interdisciplinary Analysts. As Nepal’s Minister of Water Resources (2002–2003), he completed the privatization of the Butwal Power Company and introduced community electricity in Nepal giving control over local distribution to rural consumers. He conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of technology and society from the perspectives of Cultural Theory (of Plural Rationalities). He was a management specialist to the Myanmar Government’s Ayeyarwadi Integrated River Basin Management Project in 2016/17 and has been on the advisory board of various universities and international organizations. He chaired the EU’s review of its water research funding between FP4 to FP6 as well as the review of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program IHP-6.  He has also reviewed UNESCO IHE-Delft in 2007 as well as 2012 and 2016 for both institutional aspects and course standards. He was on the steering committee of Mekong’s MPower and is on the advisory committee of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program, and IDS Sussex STEPs Centre. In Nepal, he was the founding chairman of Rural Self-Reliance Development Center (Swabalamban) dedicated to the task of poverty alleviation and serves on the advisory board of National Association of Community Electricity Users Nepal, National Federation of Irrigation Water Users Association Nepal, etc. His latest publication (with Michael Thompson and Marco Verweij (eds.)) is Aid, Technology and Development: Lessons from Nepal (Earthscan, 2017).