Surendra Shrestha joins AIT as new Vice President for Development

Surendra Shrestha joins AIT as new Vice President for Development

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

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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