Swarnim Wagle was appointed the Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC), a position with a rank equivalent to a cabinet minister, on August 3, 2017.
Chaired by the Prime Minister, NPC is the apex advisory body for development policies and programs in the Government of Nepal. Prior to becoming the de facto head of the National Planning Commission, Dr. Wagle served as its Member for 28 months at two different periods between May 2014 and August 2017.
In his previous NPC portfolio covering macroeconomics and trade, Dr. Wagle advised on the formulation of national strategies, coordinated policy across the public sector, and monitored major projects.
In the aftermath of the Great Nepal Earthquake 2015, Dr. Wagle co-led the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and helped garner billions of US dollars in pledges. He also led Nepal’s ministerial delegation to the landmark Third UN Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015.
Dr. Wagle has worked as an international development professional for more than 15 years on policy assignments in over 20 countries, most recently as Senior Economist at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. He has published several flagship reports and academic papers in areas spanning public finance, trade, investment, and the impact of macro-economic and social policies.
At the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), he co-authored the 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South”; from 2002 to 2007, he co-led the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative.
Dr. Wagle has also undertaken short-term assignments at the Asian Development Bank (Manila) and the International Trade Center (Geneva). Having been the South Asia editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly (1999-2000) and a regular broadcaster on BBC Nepali Service, he maintains an interest in current affairs.
Dr. Wagle holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics. He was born in Gorkha in 1974.