Board of Directors

Dr. Rajan Khanal, Chairman

Mr. Rajan Khanal is the Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, having started his civil service career in 1993. He has worked for the Inland Revenue Department, the Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Ministry of General Administration and Ministry of Finance (MOF) in the positions of Under Secretary, Joint Secretary, and Secretary. Mr. Khanal enjoys reading books and articles related to economic affairs, taxation and management of the public sector.

Mr. Sagar Raj Goutam, Member

Mr. Sagar Raj Gautam, Senior Divisional Engineer, presently heads the Developing Cooperation Section in the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation. He has been associated with the ministry for more than two decades and, during this period, served in the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Department of Electricity Development, and Nepal-India Joint Project Office on Saptakoshi and Sunkoshi Investigation. He is a registered Civil Engineer. He joined the service of the Government of Nepal in 1995. Over this period, he has been working in the area of Environmental Impact Assessment, licensing of hydropower projects, and supporting bilateral and multilateral cooperation coordination. He was involved in the negotiations of the concession agreement and he is actively associated with the various bilateral mechanisms in the electricity and water resources sector.

Mr. Gopal Prasad Sigdel, Member

Mr. Gopal Prasad Sigdel is the Joint Secretary in Development Cooperation and Quality Division of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport. He is the former Director General of the Department of Roads. The major scope of work of his current assignment is coordination of multilateral and bilateral cooperation in Transport Infrastructures. Mr. Sigdel has more than 20 years of experience as a civil engineer in various capacities under the Government of Nepal. He has a wide range of experiences in infrastructure project planning, designing, implementation and operation, especially in Transport and Irrigation Infrastructures.

Mr. Kul Man Ghising, Member

Mr. Kul Man Ghising is the Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and has worked with NEA for over two decades. Prior to being appointed to his current post, he served as Project Chief of the Rahughat Hydroelectric Project. He has also served as the Managing Director of Chilime Hydropower and as the Division Chief of NEA’s Rural Electrification Distribution System Reinforcement Project. Mr. Ghising has more than 22 years of experience in power generation, transmission, distribution, and trading, including experience on contract management and dispute settlement for hydropower companies.

Mr. Kumar Pandey, Member (Representing Private Sector)

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Mr. Kumar Pandey is the Executive Chairman of the National Hydropower Company and an independent consultant for hydropower developers, banks, NGOs and INGOs. He is also serving as the Vice President of Nepal’s Independent Power Producers’ Association (IPPAN). He has written many articles on Nepal’s overall social development and energy sector. Mr. Pandey holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Lally School of Management at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Mr. Gopal Khanal, Member (Representing civil society)

Mr. Gopal Khanal is a PhD in Political Science and has been the Senior Foreign Affairs Expert to Right Hon. Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli in the past. He has also worked as the Editor in chief of nepalforeignaffairs.com, Nepal’s first foreign affairs information web portal. He has been a prominent figure in Nepal’s journalism sector, where he worked as Chief Reporter and Assistant Editor for Kantipur National Daily. He also served as Delhi Bureau Chief for Kantipur Publications, reporting on issues like geopolitics, economic strategies, security and borders.

Mr. Khadga Bahadur Bisht, Member Secretary

Mr. Khadga Bahadur Bisht is the Executive Director of MCA-Nepal. Mr. Bisht has substantial experience of working in the energy and infrastructure projects in emerging economies of Southeast Asia and more than 25 years of experience in leadership positions in several national and international organizations, mostly in the infrastructure/electrical/power sectors. His previous experience was as the Vice President and President of Independent Power Producers’ Association Nepal (IPPAN), an organization of more than 150 members with total combined capacity of around 3,000 MW under development and several transmission lines and access roads under construction.