Ashish Bajracharya is the Population Council's Regional Representative for South and East Asia and an Associate with its Reproductive Health program. Bajracharya is a social demographer and behavioral scientist who specializes in issues related to gender, transitions to adulthood, and sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, young people and vulnerable groups. He also specializes in rigorous evaluations of health systems strengthening and health financing interventions aimed at improving maternal, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and HIV& AIDS related outcomes among poor and vulnerable populations in developing countries. As Regional Representative, he covers the Council's research and programs in Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam, and is based in the Council's office in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Between 2015 and 2019, he established and served as the Country Representative the Population Council's office in Cambodia, and co-led WorkerHealth, a $3.8 million USAID initiative aimed at improving access to reproductive health and family planning services among female garment factory workers in Cambodia. Prior to his appointment in Phnom Penh, he was based at the Council’s offices in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2012-2015), Hanoi, Vietnam (2011-2012), and as a Bixby Postdoctoral Fellow in its New York headquarters (2008-2010).
Bajracharya's research has been published in journals such as Demography, The Lancet, Studies in Family Planning, Journal of Adolescent Health and Developmental Psychology. He also serves on expert panels, as a referee for leading peer-reviewed journals in his field and has presented his research at scientific fora and international conferences around the world. In 2017, he was named a winner of ‘120 under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders’ by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute of Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, recognizing him as a young leader under the age of 40 in the field of family planning and reproductive health.
Bajracharya received his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University in 2008 where he specialized in social demography and human development. He is a native of Nepal.