Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) is a not for profit organization aiming to be Nepal’s premier private sector led economic policy and research institution. Established in 2009, NEF seeks to re-define the economic development discourse in Nepal and positively transform Nepal’s economic and development policies.

NEF’s mission is to engage in research, analysis and information dissemination to ultimately shape national agendas through partnerships. NEF stands out in being able to make significant strides in terms of bringing the private sector perspective as well as engaging with both, public and private sectors in the development discourse. NEF is currently a recipient of the Open Society Foundations’ Think Tank Fund.

Advisory Board

The Team


Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya, is a Thought Leader in the field of business and economic development. He combines his diverse academic pursuits with extensive experience across various industries and organizations. He writes and speaks regularly on business, economy, leadership and management and is author of the bestseller Unleashing Nepal – Past, Present and Future of the Economy (Penguin), used extensively as a ready reckoner to understand Nepal’s economic paradigm.

Senior Distinguished Fellow

Bibhakar Shakya

Bibhakar Shakya, is a Senior Resource Economist with over 15 years of professional work experience in the USA, Qatar and Nepal. He serves as a lead research principal for overall project management; primarily in the areas of policy analysis/recommendation, economic modeling, impact analysis, risk management, labor policy, worker’s welfare/standard, clean energy, climate change, green growth and sustainable development. He writes policy and research papers extensively and also presents at the international conferences, workshops, and symposia.


Senior Fellow

Chandan Sapkota

Chandan Sapkota is an economist with over eight years of experience in macroeconomic analysis, trade and development. He regularly contributes economic and political analysis focusing on Nepal and India to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and analytical opinion articles to The Kathmandu Post. Sapkota worked as an economics officer at Asian Development Bank, Nepal Resident Mission; a researcher at South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment; a junior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and an op-ed columnist for Republica. He also worked as a consultant for Ministry of Commerce & Supplies (Government of Nepal), CIM-GIZ, UNDP, and FAO among others.



Niraj K.C

Niraj is currently working as a coordinator for Nepal Economic Forum and has over three years of experience working in the financial sector. He holds a M.sc in International Business and Economics from University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany with specialization in International Trade and Financial Econometrics. He is also a MBA graduate from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) with a major in Finance.


NEF Fellow

NEF Fellow

Nasala Maharjan

Nasala Maharjan holds a BBA (Honors) from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) with a major in Finance. She is mostly interested in research and writing, and has keen interest in economics. She is currently working as a Research Fellow at Nepal Economic Forum.

NEF Fellow

Shraddha Ghimire

Shraddha Ghimire holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She is currently working in NEF as a Research Fellow with keen interest in Development Economics and International Trade. She was previously associated with think tanks like SAWTEE and ORF.

NEF Fellow

Ishan Bista

Ishan Bista is a BBA graduate from Kathmandu College of Management (KCM) with a major in Marketing and Branding. His keen interest and aspirations lie in the area of public policy and economics. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at Nepal Economic Forum.



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