Dr. Swarnim Wagle
Swarnim Waglé is an economist who served as the 24th Vice-Chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Government of Nepal. He led the NPC from August 2017 to February 2018, prior to which he served as a Member of the Commission for 28 months at two different periods between May 2014 and August 2017. Dr. Waglé 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. 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. Waglé 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.
Laba Karki, Ph.D., is a registered patent attorney in the Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in preparing, prosecuting and counseling clients on chemical, nano-tech, bio-fuel, pharmaceuticals & traditional medicine including polymer technologies arising especially from the Middle East and Asia. He has been practicing intellectual property law for over 12 years, including with the internationally known law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in their Chem-Biotech group. He integrated his science background with patent law by attending evening law school at the George Washington University Law School while working daytime as a patent agent with another international firm of Hunton & Williams LLP.
MBA, NYU Stern School of Business (2007), BA Economics, Morehouse College
Badan comes with 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He currently works at Taiyo Pacific Partners, an investment firm with a friendly activism approach and a focus on Japan and India. He has also worked at Clay Finlay as an Emerging Markets generalist and at Citigroup as an investment banking analyst.