Mr. Keshav Acharya is one of the most renowned and respected economists of Nepal. He has over 30 years of experience working at Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) – the Central Bank of Nepal and Ministry of Finance (MoF), thereby has contributed greatly in achieving the country’s macroeconomic goals and objectives.
Mr. Acharya joined Economic Research Department of NRB in 1977 as Assistant Director and retired as Executive Director from the same Department in 2008. While at NRB, Mr. Acharya was also seconded as Senior Economic Advisor to MoF and also as Senior Advisor to the Executive Board of the South-East Asian Voting Group of the International Monetary Fund, headquartered in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at the Central Bank, Mr. Acharya also represented NRB as Chair in the Board of Directors of (i) Agriculture Development Bank of Nepal, (ii) Western Region Rural Development Bank, and (iii) Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation. He also served as member of the Board of Directors of (i) Securities Board Nepal, and (ii) Nepal Stock Exchange.
From February 2016 Mr. Acharya is working as Senior Programme Advisor at Economic Policy Incubator (EPI), a UK Government assisted project with its Steering Committee composing of MoF, Nepal, National Planning Commission (NPC) and NRB. EPI is a demand led, flexible and adaptive programme, which is supporting Federal and Sub-National Governments (Provincial and Municipal) in implementing evidence-based economic policies.
In personal capacity, currently Mr. Acharya is Chair of the Board of Directors of (i) National Microfinance, (ii) Financial Research & Training Institute (FRATI), and (iii) Aviyan Capital Management Pvt. Ltd. He is also a Member of Advisory Board of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), the apex private sector body representing Nepali industries. He, likewise, is a Life Member and Executive Member of Nepal Economic Association, an umbrella organization of Nepali Economists.
Mr. Acharya has publications to his credit in the area of monetary, financial, external, and real sectors of the Nepali economy.
Mr. Acharya holds M. Sc. Degree in Financial Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK) and Masters in Economics from Tribhuvan University, and University of the Philippines, School of Economics.