Dr. Ambika Prasad Adhikari

Dr. Ambika Prasad Adhikari

Phoenix, Arizona, USA



Ambika P. Adhikari,DDes., is a Principal Planner at City of Tempe, AZ, USA heading its long-range planning division.  He is also an occasional Faculty Associate at the School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning, and Sr. Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University (ASU).


Earlier, Dr. Adhikari was a Research Professor at the School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning (2014-16), and Research Program and Portfolio Manager at ASU (2012-16).


He is a Fellow of American Society of Nepalese Engineers, a Fellow of STAR Scholars network, Member of American Institute of Certified Planners, and is certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Professional, and Project Management Professional (PMP).


He was the coordinator of the first Nepali Diaspora Conference held in Canada entitled “Strategy for Economic Development in Nepal” at the University of Toronto in November 1993. He was the Conference Chair for the international conference “Role of Diaspora in Higher Education in Nepal” held at the University of Toronto, Canada in July 2018.


In Nepal, he was Associate Professor (Reader) at Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, and Country Representative of Switzerland-based IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature). He also served as a Member of Nepal Government’s Water and Energy Secretariat.


Dr. Adhikari has published articles and write ups in various professional and academic journals and in media. He has authored one and edited some half a dozen books. He has appeared widely in print, audio and visual media in the US, Canada, India and Nepal.


He obtained a Doctor of Design (Urban Planning and Design) from Harvard University, a graduate fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Arch from University of Hawaii and B. Arch. from MS University of Baroda.


Dr. Adhikari remains active in community and professional organizations. He was at different times, Patron, Advisor and Regional Coordinator for NRNA International Coordination Committee (ICC), and president of NRNA US National Coordination Council of USA. He is the Chair, Board of Trustees for the Association of Nepalese in the Americas (ANA), and is a former Board Member of American Planning association Arizona Chapter.

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