Dr Ramesh Vaidya is Senior Advisor at ICIMOD and leads the thematic area of water storage for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region. His research interest is in the economics and policy of climate change and the consequences for water resources in the context of regional economic cooperation. Dr Vaidya holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a PhD in Systems Analysis and Economics from Cornell University, and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. After a 10-year teaching and research career at the University of Minnesota, he returned to Nepal to serve as Nepal’s Planning Commissioner for Water Resources and, later, as Nepal’s Ambassador to Japan, accredited concurrently to Australia. Dr Vaidya has represented Nepal in several international water events and has been published extensively on water resource issues, including recently on water-related disaster risk management, adaptation to climate change, and transboundary water resource management.