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BHATTA, Gambhir Dev

Gambhir Dev Bhatta

Adjunct Professor

PhD (University of Pittsburgh)

Gambhir Dev Bhatta
Contact Details

Office Location

Asian Development Bank
No. 6 ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila


Gambhir is Technical Advisor for Governance at the Asian Development Bank in Manila. Prior to joining the Bank in 2005, he was Senior Advisor in the New Zealand public service. He has more than 25 years of experience in governance and public sector management in advisory, policy planning, and program development and management realms across 4 continents. He has taught at National University of Singapore (Department of Political Science) and been affiliated (for short or long term engagements) with academic institutions such as University of Pittsburgh (International Management Development Institute, University Center for Social & Urban Research); Carnegie Mellon University, Australia; Duquesne University (Donahue Graduate School of Business); Victoria University of Wellington (School of Government); Singapore Institute of Management (Open University Business School, UK); The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (School of Business); and others. His consultancies have been with, among others, Singapore Civil Service College, Pittsburgh City Planning Department, Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations in several countries.

Gambhir Dev Bhatta - CV



  • 20th by 2020: Bhutan’s Drive for Improved Governance (as lead author on behalf of ADB; by ADB, Manila, 2014), 74 pp. (ISBN: 978 92 9254 620 5)
  • International Dictionary of Public Management and Governance, New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc. (2006), 687 pp. (ISBN: 0 7656 1261 5). 
  • Reforms at the United Nations: Contextualizing the Annan Agenda. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2000, 344 pp. (ISBN: 9971 69 235 X) 
  • Governance Innovations in the Asia-Pacific Region: Trends, Cases and Issues (co-edited with Joaquin Gonzalez), Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998, 305 pp. (ISBN: 1 84014 392 4).


  • “Fiscal Decentralization and Fiduciary Risks: A Case Study of Local Governance in Nepal,” South Asia Working Paper 5 (July 2011), ADB, Manila.
  • “Countries in Transition: A Brief Review of the Emerging Political Economy of Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, and Nepal,” South Asia Occasional Paper Series 3, ADB, Manila (September, 2009).
  • “Intent, Risks and Capability: Some Considerations on Rethinking about Organizational Capability,” International Review of Administrative Sciences, 2003, 69(3), pp. 401-418.
  • “‘Don’t just do something, stand there!’ Revisiting the Issue of Risks in Innovation in the Public Sector,” The Innovation Journal, 2003, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 1-12.
  • “’Hands up’: Mentoring in the New Zealand Public Service.” Public Personnel Management, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2003, pp. 211-227.
  • “Evidence-based Analysis and the Work of Policy Shops,” Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2002, 61(3), pp. 98-105.
  • “Corporate Governance and Public Management in Post-Crisis Asia,” Asian Journal of Public Administration, 2001, 23(1), pp. 1-32.
  • “Of Geese and Ganders: Mainstreaming Gender in the Context of Sustainable Human Development.” Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2001, pp. 17-32.
  • “Organizational Competence and the ‘Boiling Frog’ Syndrome.” Organizations & People, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 2001, pp, 11-16.
  • “Enabling the Cream to Rise to the Top: A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparison of Competencies for Senior Managers in the Public Sector. Public Performance & Management Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, December 2001, pp. 194-207.
  • “On Governing and Milking Cows: Replicating Good Governance Practices from East Asia,” (with J. Gonzalez), Asian Journal of Public Administration, 1998, 20(2), pp. 123-150.
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