Shankar Sharma

Shankar Sharma is a former Ambassador of Nepal to the United States and former Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Nepal. He has worked as a Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Nepal; a Senior Economist in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and a Fellow in the East-West Center, Hawaii. He also served as a Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University. Additionally, he worked as a Lead Consultant to the Constitution Committee on “Distribution of Natural Resources, Economic Rights and Public Revenue” in helping to draft the new Constitution of Nepal.


He has an extensive experience in government, international institutions, and economic research and has worked as a consultant expert in several national and international agencies including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the UNDP. As a highest level development planner in Nepal, he provided leadership for national planning, policy guidance, program development and monitoring. He initiated and introduced the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper- Nepal and Medium-term Expenditure Framework in Nepal and facilitated inter-agency collaboration for the economic and human development of the country, while working with the Planning Commission.


Previously, he was engaged as an editor of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin and a consultant editor to Hydrocarbon Asia, both published in Singapore for about seven years. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii and has published extensively in the areas of the economy, energy, and environment, and most of them are indexed in google scholar. At present, he is working as the Team Leader of the Economic Policy Incubator Project.