Pitamber Sharma is a native of Falebas Nagar Palika, Gandaki Province. He taught in the Department of Geography, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur for over two decades, and was a Regional Planner with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for 12 years. He served the Government of Nepal as the Chief Advisor to the National Commission on Population in the early eighties and, briefly, as Vice-Chair of the National Planning Commission in 2008. His publications include Urbanization in Nepal (1989), Tourism as Development (2000), Market Towns in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (2002), Unravelling the Mosaic: Spatial Aspects of Ethnicity in Nepal (2008), Towards a Federal Nepal, An Assessment of Proposed Models (2009), and Some Aspects of Nepal’s Social Demography (2014). He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, USA. He has an MA from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and MSc from University of Edinburgh, Scotland.