Ambassador Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada
Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada is the Ambassador of Nepal to the United States of America. Dr. Khatiwada arrived in Washington, DC on February 6, 2021 to assume his post.
He was the Minister for Finance of the Government of Nepal from February 17, 2018 to September 4, 2020. Additionally, he also served as the Minister for Information and Communications while also being the spokesperson for the Government of Nepal between February 26, 2020 to September 4, 2020. Prior to being appointed as the Ambassador, Dr. Khatiwada served as the Special Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal, a minister-level rank, from September 15, 2020. He was a member of the National Assembly, the Parliament of Nepal from March 4, 2018 to March 2, 2020.
Dr. Khatiwada also brings extensive experiences of having served two tenures as the Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission in addition to becoming the 15th Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, the Central Bank of Nepal from March 22, 2010 to March 19, 2015. He had previously been appointed as a member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal between 2002 to 2005. Beyond these, he also served as a senior economist at the regional centre of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Asia and the Pacific between 2006 to 2009.
Having received his doctorate in Monetary Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi in 1991, alongside Master’s degrees in Economics and Public Administration from Tribhuvan University in 1981 and 1984 respectively, Dr. Khatiwada also possesses wide-ranging experiences in economics and monetary research. He started working in the banking sector from the Nepal Rastra Bank where he also served as the Head of the Economic Research Department between 1999 to 2002. Prior to starting his career in banking and the economic sector, he had academic experiences as a postgraduate lecturer at Tribhuvan University in 1982, and intermittently, as a visiting faculty member at Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University between 1992 to 2001.
Beyond his professional experiences, Dr. Khatiwada has also received national awards including the Suprabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu (2001), Sukirtimaya Rastra Deep (2013), and Prasiddha Prabal Jana Sewa Shree (2016) conferred by the President of Nepal for his outstanding public services in different capacities.