Dr Karki is a Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Adaptation expert with more than 35 years of experience in South Asia and Hindu Kish Himalayan region. He worked as the Deputy Director General, ICIMOD during 2005-12. He wasthe Campus Chief and Asst. Dean of the Institute of Forestry, Nepal.Dr.Karki worked as Regional Programme Coordinator of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Programme in Asia (MAPPA), a multi-donor network based at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, and New Delhi.
Dr. Karki is a strategic thinker and a good communicator with an interest to enhance research to policy links using knowledge management and strategic dialogue as tools. During the last few years he has been actively participating in the global Climate Change discourses contributing in Climate Change and Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) issues. Dr. Karki has been a pioneer in the field of NTFP and medicinal plants research, development and promoting them through value chains and organic production. Dr. Karki has been appointed by the Govt. of Nepal as a member of Climate Change Council and by the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) as the South Asia Regional Chair.
His current positions are: a) Executive Director, CGED-Nepal; b) South Asia Chair, IUCN/Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM); c) Task Force and Expert Member, Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Policy Guide & Catalogue Support Group, IPBES/UN; and d) Co-Chair, IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services in Asia Pacific, e) Coordinating Lead Author, Urban Eco-system, AR3-2 UCCRN, Columbia University. He is now taking a lead role in city and climate change issue though publication and other initiatives.
Dr Karki holds a PhD in Forestry from Michigan State University, and a Master’s degree in Range Management from Colorado State University, USA. Dr Karki has authored and edited over 80 professional papers/articles and books.