Education: Asian Institute of Management, De La Salle University, Master of Business Administration; Delhi University, Bachelor’s in Commerce (Honours)
Languages: English, Nepali
Technical areas of expertise: Economic development; Public, private, and foreign direct investments in infrastructure; Institutional reform advisory services
Suraj Rana has 23 years of senior management and leadership experience in emerging markets across 10+ countries in South and South-East Asia. His core areas of expertise include economic development; strengthening the enabling environment for public, private, and foreign direct investments in infrastructure; and institutional reform advisory services. As Managing Director at IMC Worldwide., he is responsible for day to day operations, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific region business, and the company’s Economics and Finance practice. His portfolio includes serving as Programme Director of three UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) funded projects in Nepal and Pakistan as well as Islamic Development Bank and Asian Development Bank funded projects in Bangladesh and Philippines (both recently completed) with a total value of ~£ 219 million.
Suraj is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and was also the Co-Vice Chair of Association for Consultancy and Engineering, International Business Group from 2017 to 2019. Suraj has an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, De La Salle University, Philippines, and has recently completed the Executive Leadership Programme from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and Sustainable Finance and Investment Programme from Yale School of Management, Yale University.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” quote from the Bible that always got mentioned by my Fifth Standard teacher, Fr Tom Downing, at St Xavier’s Godavari School in Nepal, still resonates in my head. I think it teaches me to act morally in every aspect of life, both for self-satisfaction, as well as to help others.
What is the one thing in this world you are most proud of?
The distance I have travelled professionally, the rich experience I gained along the way and the positive impact I have been able to have on the lives of so many. When I began my career in international development in Nepal, I did not imagine in my wildest dreams that I would arrive where I have today and brought so many colleagues and partners along. I am most proud of the fact that I have remained engaged in Nepal where my career began and have been able to continue to contribute to improving lives there and beyond.