Dr. Bijaya K. Shrestha has a doctorate in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan (1995-'98), Master in Urban Design from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1993-'95) and Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Roorkee, India (1983-'88). He has working experience of more than two decades, including serving in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning, the Government of Nepal, the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Japan and various architectural schools in the Kathmandu valley. He is currently working for the S3 (settlement-society-sustainability) Alliance: Development forum for habitat. He has initiated a new Master's programme in Urban Design and Conservation at Khwopa Engineering College, Purbanchal University, where he served two years as head of the Postgraduate Department of Urban Design and Conservation.
Dr. Shrestha is the recipient of numerous gold medals for academic performance and won the Calcutta Convention National Award 2006, awarded by the Indian Society for Technical Education, for the best paper at the 35th ISTE Annual Convention and National Seminar on Disaster-prediction, Prevention and Management. He is a member of numerous professional bodies and life member of various alumni associations. He has already contributed more than three dozen papers, published in various forms. Moreover, he has been invited to numerous international conferences for presentation of his research findings. His field of expertise includes sustainable urban development, disaster management, housing, local government capacity building and development control.