Mr. Gautam is an institutional development specialist and has 35 years of experience in the specialized field of social and institutional development in Agriculture and Water Sector. He holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India in 1985. He had attended study tour and training courses in Nepal, Germany, England and Belgium. He started his career in 1975 as a lecturer (later Associate Professor) of rural development and institutional building in Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
As a consulting professional, he has performed social and institutional analysis of water resources projects in Nepal (Impact Evaluation Study of Bank Operations in Nepal for ADB, Water Resources Diagnostic and Strategy Formulation Program for UNDP, Mahakali Irrigation Project for Halcrow, Groundwater Development Project for Nippon Koei, Second Irrigation Sector Project for ADB, Irrigation Sector Support Project for the World Bank), India (USAID's Water and Land Management Development Project in Gujrat), Guyana (IFAD's East Bank Essequibo Development Project) and China (The World Bank's Yangtze River Basin Water Resources Project, Tarim Basin II Project, Irrigated Agriculture Project, DFID's Pro-poor Water Project). He has also served as Team Leader of several multi-disciplinary teams in a number of water and natural resources development and management projects in Nepal and abroad.
His professional contributions include the promotion of participatory development in irrigation and water resources sectors. He is associated with China Study Center as a general secretary, Nepal Engineering College as a Director in the Board of Management, member of Jalshrot Bikash Sanstha (linked with Global Water Partnership) and vice-chairman of Farmers' Managed Irrigation System (FMIS) Promotion Trust. He is a life member of Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration in Manila, member of International association for Study of Common Property, Bloomington USA, life member of Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He has visited India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, UK, France, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Guyana.