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Surendra Shrestha joins AIT as new Vice President for Development

Mr. Surendra Shrestha has joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as the new Vice President for Development (VPD) with effect from 1 July 2016. His appointment as VPD was endorsed by the AIT Board of Trustees at its meeting held on 18 February 2016.

Surendra Shrestha joins AIT as new Vice President for Development

Surendra Shrestha

An AIT alumnus, Mr. Shrestha completed his MSc. in Computer Applications (1979-80). Prior to joining AIT, he was serving as Director of United Nations Environment Programme’s International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC). He also delivered the distinguished alumni address on the occasion of AIT's 120th Graduation.

Mr. Shrestha has served in management capacities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America in the United Nations. As the UNEP Director for Strategic Resource Mobilization over a two-year period, his office contributed to the move to a structured annual dialogue with key donor, leading to doubling of the financial resources from about $ 220 million to $ 510 million.

In addition, Mr. Shrestha provided intellectual leadership for the establishment of Atmospheric Brown Cloud bringing together 35 institutions and 250 scientists. He also provided institutional leadership for: the establishment/revitalization and growth of ICIMOD in Nepal; RRC.AP at AIT, Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development in Shanghai; Eco-Peace Leadership Centre in Korea; Strategic Planning and Resource Mobilization at UNEP HQ; and IETC in Osaka, Japan.

Announcing his appointment, AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai said: “As the newly appointed Vice President for Development (VPD), Mr. Shrestha's areas of responsibilities will include the planning and development of strategic relations with all UN agencies, international organizations, partner countries, and alumni, with the goal to enhance our Institute's resources generation.”


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