Name :Guna Nidhi Paudyal 
Date of Birth :21 November 1952
Nationality :Nepalese
Address :Puranchaur-6, Pokhara-19, Kaski, Nepal
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +977-98185 41878, +977-98460 42790 


B. E. Civil (Hons), gold medalist, 1975 University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
M. Eng. (Water Resources Engg.), 1982, specialized in irrigation & drainage, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (AIT).Doctor of Engineering. (Water Resources Engg.), 1986, Integrated Water Resources Management Modelling, AIT.Post Doctoral: Climate Change Impact Assessment, 2011, Danish Hydraulic Institute, Denmark; Design of hydraulic structures, 1987, Colorado State University, USA.

Key Qualifications

  • 40 years of professional and academic experience in the field of civil engineering, irrigation and drainage engineering, water resources , hydrology, flood management, river engineering, reservoir sedimentation management, hydropower.
  • Extensive management experience in Campus planning, Campus management, team leader, coordinator, technical advisor) at national and international levels and led multi-disciplinary teams of experts and successfully completed many large-scale projects.
  • Full time teaching and research at post graduate level for four years at AIT, and afterwards part time teaching and research (affiliated, visiting and adjunct faculty) for 15 years.
  • Chairman, Campus Planning Committee, AIT
  • Coordinator of Agricultural Land and Water Development Programme of AIT
  • Work experience in more than 12 countries (e.g., Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Denmark, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, Fiji, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei). Extensive knowledge of the water resources and irrigation systems of the countries in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Combines practical experience with academic achievement in the field of integrated water resources management. Over 120 publications in International journals, conferences, books, research papers. Have taught at post graduate levels and supervised Masters and Doctoral theses.
  • Extensive expertise from successful technology transfer and sustainable institutional development.
YearInstitute/OganisationPositio and Responsiblities
2017 - 2019College of Natural Resource Management, Puranchaur, Agric. And Forestry University, Rampur, Nepalenior Professor (on contract), teaching Agro-meteorology and participate in research, management, support in planning of campus infrastructure, member of management committee.
2018IIT KanpurExternal Examiner of PhD research on 2-dimensional urban flood modelling
2015-presentIndependent Expert, visiting professorIndependent consultant to ADB, World Bank, ICIMOD, AIT, etc: teaching in irrigation management, flood management and modelling, urban flood risk management; adviser river engineering (river training and bank protection works in Bhutan and Bangladesh), involved in modelling (floods, river basin, river & reservoir morphology).
2013 – 2015DHI (India) Water & EnvironmentManaging Director, Team leader, various projects funded by World Bank, ADB and others related to water management, river engineering, reservoir sedimentation management, flood forecasting etc.
2006 - 2011DANIDASenior Adviser, Bangladesh Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Support Programme.
1991-2006DHI Water & Environment (former Danish Hydraulic Institute).Various Positions in different projects and countries. Regional Manager (from 1994) responsible for South Asia and some ASEAN countries.
1987-1990Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Bangkok, ThailandAssistant Professor in the Division of Water Resources Engineering, Coordinator of the Land and Water Development Program.
1986-1987Ministry of Water Resources, Nepal.Senior Engineer, responsible for design and implementation of irrigation and flood control projects. Chief of Engineering Div., Bhairawa-Limbini Ground Water development project.
1983-1987AIT, BangkokDoctoral candidate, research associate, teaching assistance.
1975-1983Government of Nepal: Ministries of Water Resources & Local Development DepartmentCivil Engineer and later Senior Engineer, responsible for feasibility studies, hydrological analysis and design and construction of irrigation, flood control and rural water supply projects. M. Eng. study at AIT
Record of Academic Experiance
YearPlacePosition and Activities
1983-1987Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), BangkokDoctoral candidate, research associate, teaching assistant.
1987-1990AIT: Division of Water Resources EngineeringAs. Professor in the Division of Water Resources Engineering. Courses taught: mathematics for engineers, design of hydraulics structures (including dams), computational techniques in water resources engineering, water resources systems engineering, hydropower engineering, open channel hydraulics, irrigation management, river engineering, flood management.
1987-1990AIT: Division of Water Resources EngineeringSupervision of Master Theses (with case studies from almost all Asian countries and Tanzania): Directly supervised about 15 Master theses, topics included hydrology, hydropower system planning and operation, flood management computational hydraulics, irrigation management, design of spillways, development of expert systems and others. Co-supervision and committee member of many master theses in a variety of multi-disciplinary fields.
1987-1991AIT: Division of Water Resources EngineeringSupervision of Doctoral theses: Supervised and co-supervised six Doctoral theses (successfully awarded D.Eng.) in the field of optimum hydropower planning (case study of the Karnali River Basin in Nepal), Optimum operation of a large irrigation system (case study in Thailand), conjunctive use of ground and surface water resources (case study in Bangladesh), Environmental management of irrigation system (Thailand), equity vs efficiency analysis in irrigation systems (Nepal) ; optimum operation of reservoir and irrigation system (Bagmati basin, Nepal). Served as a committee member of many Doctoral Theses in the field of watershed management, hydropower optimization, river and canal sedimentation, environmental studies, etc.
1987-1990AITSoftware development: developed software for spillway design (expert system), canal operation, ground water analysis, optimum crop planning., flood management etc.
1998-1990AITCoordinator of the Land and Water Development Program: Elected from the faculty and appointed by the President of AIT as an academic administrator (equivalent to Chairman / Head of Department) of the newly established program: about ten international faculty, ten research staff, 20 post graduate students in an average); curriculum development; marketing coordination with external agencies, fund raising (scholarships and sponsored research) activities from national governments and international organisations. Management of large field and indoor research laboratories
1989- 1990AITChairman of AIT’s Campus Planning Committee: Appointed by the President with the responsibility of developing and controlling the physical infrastructure of AIT campus.
1987-1990AITMember of various Institute Committees: Member of AIT’s Senate; member of President’s high level advisory council (Academic Development and Review Committee); member of the faculty examiners; member of AIT’s committee on computations in civil engineering.
1991River Research Institute, Faridpur, BangladeshTraining Expert on physical and mathematical modelling of rivers and structures. Danida-UNDP Project.
1991-dateAITVarious Positions (associated professor, visiting professor, adjunct professor, resource person): teaching, carrying out sponsored research projects, supervision of Masters and Doctoral students, committee member for master and doctoral theses in the field of water resources engineering (hydropower, irrigation, flood management, urban water management, ground water management, drainage etc.). Lecturer/resource person for international training courses in integrated water resources management, Irrigation management, optimisation techniques for water resources including hydropower conducted by WEM, GIC, AIT extension and CEC
1993University of Gifu, JapanVisiting researcher: worked with Professor Toshiharu Kojiri in the application of artificial intelligence and fuzzy theory in water resources planning and management.
1994International institute of Hydraulics and Environmental engineering (IHEE) the NetherlandsVisiting Professor, examiner and supervisor of Master Thesis. One dissertation on neural network application for operation of river structure was fully supervised by me.
1995AIT : Training Course for UNDP-Bangladesh fellows for 9 months.Co-ordinator and lecturer on Surface and Groundwater Hydrology.
1995-1996Asia: UNEP Project on Fresh Water Augmentation Technologies in Asia (UNEP financing)Project Co-ordinator and Water Resources Expert. Supervised various local consultants on field surveys and data collection in Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and China; Published a Source Book on Freshwater augmentation technologies for use of Asian water planners; Co-ordinator of regional workshop/expert group meeting in Kathmandu in November 1995.
1996Kyoto University, JapanVisiting researcher: worked with Professor Ikebuchi, Professor Kojiri and Professor Hori (Disaster Preparedness Research Institute) in the field of mathematical modelling and application of neural network.
1988-1991Thailand: GTZ Project on improved Operation of Large Irrigation ProjectsCo-principal Investigator. Developed and applied an optimal operation and water allocation system to the Phitsanulok Irrigation Project, Thailand.
1998-1990AITResearch on appropriate diversion structure for mountain rivers.
1999-2001National University of SingaporeCollaborative Research with Professor Sieng Yui Liang and his research team in Hydro-informatics and application of neural network in hydrology and flood forecasting.
1999University of Technology Malaysia, Johor BaruVisiting Professor: Supervision of Ph.D, short courses and advice on research projects.
2001Cambodia: Flood Management Strategy, Mekong River Commission.Resources person involved in the flood management strategy and consultation workshops at MRC.
2001National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, New Delhi, IndiaTrainer: MIKE11 River Modelling system.
2001- 2003University of Qubec Canada.Co-supervisor, examination committee member of a Ph.D. student. The research is being carried out on rainfall and water resources estimation for large basins based on advanced remote sensing data. Field research of the student conducted in Bangladesh is supervised by me.
2002- dateAsian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok, ThailandResource Person: International Urban Flood Risk Management Training Courses at AIT Bangkok
2003-06ADPCMember of the International Advisory Group and main content writer for the development of a Primer on Flood Risk Management in Asia
2003ADPCResource Person/ Trainer: International Urban Flood Risk Management Training Courses in Manila Philippines for ASEAN countries; 5th Flood Risk Management course Beijing China.
2004 (April)Dam Safety Department, Government of Orissa, IndiaTraining of Government engineers on the use of Mike11 modelling system for river management and dam break studies. Establishment of models, data requirements, institutional strengthening.
2000-presentRegional flood Forecasting and information exchange in the Hindukush RegionMember of the expert group on the development and implementation a regional flood forecasting and information exchange system for the countries of the Hindukush Region (Afghanistan, China -Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China -Tibet ,India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan). A WMO/ICIMOD initiative funded by USAID/OFDA.
2004-2005ADPCResource Person/ Trainer: International Flood Disaster Risk Management courses. Consultant: Reviewed the course curriculum and developed a new one.
2005Central Water Commission, New Delhi India, Dam Safety and flood forecasting organisationsTrainer on mathematical modelling
2006NHPC, Faridabad, IndiaTrainer on mathematical modelling
2007-2008ADPCResource person, 8th & 9th Flood Disaster Risk Management. International Training Courses
2013-2016ADB / Govt. of Assam, IndiaTeam Leader, Institutional Capacity Strengthening component of ADB funded project on Assam Flood & River Bank Erosion mitigation project. Course design and training of large number of officials, river morphology study including modelling.
2015 - 2016GIC/AITTeam Leader/ consultant of ADB funded project on application of Satellite Based technology and ICt in improving disaster resilience in Fiji, Armenia, Bangladesh and Philippines. Led the development and application of SBT and ICT tools; training of professional from the four countries.
2017ICID, NepalVice Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee for, ICID Congress 2018. Review of abstracts and papers for the conference.
OngoingAITInternational resource person for training in irrigation management, flood modelling & management.
2017 – 2019College of NRM, NepalSenior Professor, College of Natural Resource Management, teaching & research.
OngoingReviewer of Journal papersJournal of Hydraulic Engineering, American Society of Civil engineers (ASCE), Water International- Journal of IWRA; Editorial Advisor of Water Nepal Journal, Advisor to Development Insight (Journal)
OngoingSeminars/ ConferencesHave presented papers at a large number of International Conferences including invited lectures; have organised international conferences, have been an adviser to many international conferences.
OngoingSoftware DevelopmentHave developed many application software for analysis and modelling of water systems and GIS integration.
OngoingPublicationsPublished more than 125 journal papers, conference papers, research reports, books and monographs.