Gambhir has been an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore) since 2019 after having had an Adjunct Professor appointment there during 2016-2018. For the Spring term of 2021, he is also a Visiting Professor at the Kathmandu University School of Management, Nepal.
Gambhir has recently retired from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila after having worked there for more than 15 years. His key roles there included: Chief of the Knowledge Advisory Services Center, and prior to that Chief of the Governance Thematic Group. He also designed various development projects and programs in Asia, contributing directly to a portfolio of more than two billion dollars in programming in the broad areas of governance and public sector management in countries of the region. He also led the design of about 15 Technical Assistance projects, with a combined resource allocation of more than ten million USD.
Before joining ADB in 2005, he was a Senior Advisor in the New Zealand state sector. He has almost 30 years of experience in governance and public sector management as well as knowledge management in advisory, policy planning, and program/project development and management realms across 4 continents.
Gambhir is the author of several books, including ‘…Those that fix the lights’ – The Practice of Public Sector Management in Developing Asia (Routledge, 2019). He has a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (USA), as well as Advanced Certificates in Applied Public Policy, Urban and Regional Development, and Asian Studies, also from Pitt.
Gambhir is based in Auckland, New Zealand.