Director Biography




Brigadier General Shantosh Ballave Poudyal took up his current appointment on 17 July 2020. Brigadier General Poudyal was commissioned into Nepal Army in 1989 after graduating from Nepali Military Academcy, Kharipati.

A Signal officer by military functionality, Brig Gen Poudyal undertook several military professional courses both at home and abroad. The courses completed in Nepal include Infantry Young Officer Course, Intelligence and Security Course, Company Commander Course, Junior Staff Course, Command and Staff Officers Course and Higher Command and Management Course. A graduate of Command and General Staff College, Kansas, USA, he is also a Graduate of National War College from National Defense University, Washington D.C., USA. He has also completed Signal Young Officer Course and Senior Command Course from India and undergone United Nations Logistics Course in Ontario, Canada.

Brig Gen Poudyal holds three Master’s Degrees to his credit. The first one in Public Administration is from Tribhuban University. Second is on National Security Affairs: Combating Terrorism Policy and Strategy from Naval Postgraduate School, California, USA and the last one is on National Security Strategy from National Defense University, USA.

Brig Gen Poudyal has held various Command and Staff responsibilities during his 32 years of military career. He has successfully commanded an independent Infantry Company, the Army Headquarter Signal Battalion and a Signal Brigade. Similarly, he has also held staff appointments in different branches of Army HQ. He has also served as an instructor in the Army Command and Staff College. His notable appointment includes a two years assignment as planner in the Strategic Force Generation and Capability Development Cell of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, USA.

Brig Gen Poudyal has the experience of two peacekeeping missions, one in Somalia (UNOSOM-II) from 1993-94 and the other one is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) from 2004-2005.

He is married to Mrs. Shovana Sharma Poudyal and is blessed with a daughter Ms. Shuvangi Poudyal and a son Shashwat Poudyal.