Ambika P. Adhikari

Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari – STAR Fellow

Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari is a Principal Planner managing the long-range planning division at the City of Tempe in Arizona, USA.


Ambika has over 30 years of professional and academic experience in urban and environmental planning and international development in several countries around the globe including Nepal, India, USA, Canada, Mexico, Kenya, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, and Fiji.


In North America, Ambika began his career as a Senior Director at DPRA Inc. in Toronto and Washington DC, where he managed international urban and environmental and international development programs and projects. Shortly after, he served as Nepal’s Country Representative of Switzerland based IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature, leading Nepal’s national and some Asia regional programs in several environmental and conservation arenas. He was also a member of the Government of Nepal’s National Water and Energy Commission, the highest policy-making national body in this sector.


Eventually, Ambika settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked for the City of Phoenix as a Village Planner and Project Manager and as a Senior Planner at SRPMIC in Scottsdale, Arizona, before joining Arizona State University as a Program and Portfolio Manager for Research where he served for four years.


Before arriving in the US, Ambika was an Associate Professor of Architecture and Planning at the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.


Ambika has authored one book, co-edited five books, published numerous reports and articles and refereed articles in journals. He regularly writes and lectures on sustainability and urban planning, international development, climate change policy, and international environmental policies and programs. He has extensive practical experience in incorporating sustainability principles in urban planning and economic development practices.


Ambika received his Doctor of Design (D.Des.) degree in Urban Planning and Design from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He obtained his post-graduate fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), M. Arch. from University of Hawaii, and B. Arch from M. S, University of Baroda.


He is a member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds the designations of Project Management Professional (PMP) through Project Management Institute (PMI), and LEED AP (ND) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He is Fellow of American Society of Nepalese Engineers, and he also serves in the Society’s Advisory Council.


Ambika has been active in serving the Nepali community in the US and Canada by volunteering for various community organizations. He was the president of the NRNA National Coordination Council of US and Canada, Regional Coordinator for North America, Advisor to NRNA International Coordination Council (ICC), and Patron of NRNA ICC. He is the Chair of Board of Trustees for the Association of Nepalese in the Americas (ANA), Board Member of Asta-Ja USA, and Executive Member of Global Policy Forum Nepal (GPFN).