Hari Prasad Shrestha was born in Palpa, Nepal, and graduated from Tribhuvan University. He went on to Italy to complete his further studies and studied at the institute for Studies on Economic Development and the Italian Civil Service High institute. He has also studied at the University of Connecticut, USA. He worked for the Nepalese government for three and a half decades under different ministries and was associated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa for six years. He has two published books to his credit and regularly and contributes articles to leading dailies across the world. He is also a member of the Nepalese Journal of Administration, Management and Development.