Uttam Babu Shrestha is the founding director of the Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Nepal. He was a member of the Global Young Academy (2015-2020) and a former global fellow and lead author for the sustainable use of wild species assessments of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


A multidisciplinary group of scientists discusses the past and present status of science diplomacy in South Asia, with particular reference to existing science and technology agreements, COVID-19 diplomacy, and nationalism.