Conceived as a catalyst body for generating national consensus on foreign policy issues, the Institute of Foreign Affairs also caters to professional training needs of Nepalese officials servicing in foreign affairs offices of the Government of Nepal. As a think tank, IFA delves in research studies on matters of national interest particularly Nepal’s relations and conduct with foreign countries. IFA works with its partner organizations, governmental as well as non governmental, at home and abroad, to realize its objectives relating to foreign policy issues and its interactions with political, economic, social and cultural aspects. Besides organizing seminars, workshops, meetings and conferences and bringing out relevant publications, it is also engaged in the task of becoming a repository of information on Nepal’s foreign policy issues. Founded as an integral part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, it got reconstituted as a semi-autonomous body in the year 2012. Hon’ble Minister of Foreign Affairs heads the development board of the Institute and the Foreign Secretary represents the ministry as an ex-officio member of the board.
Newly appointed Executive Director Mr. Rajesh Shrestha is the Member-Secretary of the development board of the Institute. As an official head of the Institute, he leads all important activities including day-to-day affairs. He is assisted by Deputy Executive Director Dr. Rupak Sapkota in the discharge of his duties. Some professional and support staffs also work under the control and direction of the Executive Director.