Pooja Pokhrel

Managing Associate


M.A., Economics, Georgetown University
B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Gettysburg College 

T: (703) 516-7719


Ms. Pokhrel designs and manages complex international development projects. In addition to performing economic analysis that supports macroeconomic and public financial management, private sector development, and trade expansion, she has expertise in economic measurement and creating analytical tools.

One tool that Ms. Pokhrel co-developed projects food security in African nations. Another enabled the U.S. Agency for International Development to monitor at-risk countries during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. She is currently revising a trade facilitation calculator to estimate the macroeconomic impact of reducing time that goods spend in transit and customs.

Ms. Pokhrel’s experience also includes analyzing and reporting on countries’ macroeconomic environment, financial sector, and private sector development; reviewing country tax proposals and gauging the impact of ending import quotas; surveying government officials on matters such as streamlining regulations; and assessing reforms aimed at increasing business competition.

As chief of party for SEADI (Support for Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia, 2011–2016), Ms. Pokhrel is responsible for all aspects of administering this project for USAID. She is Nathan’s project director for USAID’s Mozambique Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development (SPEED, 2010–2015). And she manages a Nathan-led consortium available to serve USAID’s aims of promoting equitable economic growth through public financial management.

Before joining Nathan in 2007, Ms. Pokhrel worked in Nepal as a research assistant (young professional) and then consultant for the United Nations Development Program in Sri Lanka. 

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