Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee)
Chairperson of the 75th Session
H.E. Amrit Bahadur Rai, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations
Until his latest appointment, Ambassador Rai was Joint Secretary of the Policy Planning Division of his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs between Decembr 2018 and March 2019. He held various positions in the Foreign Ministry as well as several overseas postings, including Ambassador to South Africa from December 2014 to December 2018, with concurrent accreditation to 18 other Countries. He serves, since March 2019, as the Permanent Representative of his country to the United Nations, New York.
From August 2013 until December 2014, Mr. Rai was Joint Secretary to the Foreign Ministry's South Asia Division. He also served as Under-Secretary to the Europe/America Division from March to August 2013. Mr. Rai was Under-Secretary to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation and the Multilateral Economic Diplomacy Division, from 2012 to 2013.
Among his other foreign postings was as Minister Counsellor at his country's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York between 2008 and 2012. He also previously served as Under-Secretary in the Foreign Ministry's United Nations and International Organizations Division.
Mr. Rai's Government service included appointments as Under-Secretary in the Planning Division of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation between 2003 and 2005, and in the Ministry of General Administration from 2002 to 2003. He began his career as a civil servant in 1996, as a Section Officer in the Ministry of Women, Child and Social Welfare.
Ambassador Rai holds three master's degrees: in public management from the University of Potsdam in Berlin, and in business administration and public administration, both from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.