- Executive Committee
- Thematic Research Committees
Khagendra Raj Dhakal is currently engaged in teaching and research as a Faculty Member at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok where he holds a specialist position under the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Education. He served as an Assistant Dean for International Affairs at the same university from 2011 to 2015. Dhakal holds an M.Ed from Avondale College, Australia and PGC in Applied Linguistics from University of Oregon. His research areas include applied linguistics, policy discourse analysis, educational innovation, and communication. He was awarded the ‘E-Teacher Professional Development Award’ by the US Department of State and the ‘Best Reviewer Award’ by The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, New York in 2013. He was the President of the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Thailand for two terms from 2013 to 2017.
Sharu Joshi Shrestha holds Master’s in Political Science from the Tribhuvan University, and Master’s in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She is a working member in various programs including the Task Force for Reforms on Foreign Labor Migration, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, 2018. Ms. Shrestha is the recipient of the International AFFUND Prize for Pioneering Development Project 2003 for leading the program “Asia Pacific and Arab State Regional Program on Empowerment of Women Migrant Workers” in Nepal (including Jordan and Indonesia). She served in the Social Welfare Council for many years, and also led several UN programs on women empowerment. Ms. Shrestha has published more than 50 articles in various newspapers, journals and magazines including on the role of NRNA and remittance
Dr Chandra Kumar Laksamba holds a PhD in ‘Socio-political Study of Policy and Practice of Lifelong Learning in Nepal’ from the University of Surrey. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he served for 19 years in the British Gurkhas. He is a founding member and former Executive Director and Senior Researcher of Centre for Nepal Studies, UK (CNSUK). He was the coordinator of CNSUK’s ‘Large-scale Survey 2007-09 on Nepalis Living in the UK’, researcher and a member of the University of Oxford/CNSUK’s ‘Vernacular Religion Project 2009-12’, and Lead Researcher of ‘British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns (Gurkha Project 2012-14)’. Currently, he is leading CNSUK’s ‘Social Mobility Research Project on Nepali Diaspora in the UK 2015-17’.
Dr Sita Ram Ghimire is an agricultural research professional working in Commonwealth Science agency of Australia (CSIRO) based in Canberra. He is currently NRNA Australia Advisor (2017~2019) and former vice president of NRNA Australia (2013~2015). Dr Ghimire worked as a chair of technical working committee of Skill, Knowledge & Innovation taskforce of NRNA Australia (2015~2017). Dr Ghimire worked in Ministry of Agricultural Development in Nepal for about 7 years (1996~2003) and then had a postgraduate study/research work in a South Korean university, and agricultural research centre of RDA during 2003~2009. Dr Ghimire believes in stronger NRNA for the welfare of Nepali diaspora worldwide.
Dr. Rudra Aryal was born and raised at Rampur in Palpa district of Nepal and now lives in Rindge New Hampshire, USA. Dr. Aryal is an Advisor of NRNA USA (2015/2017; 2017/2019) and has involved in many social activities of American- Nepali communities in the USA and beyond. Dr. Aryal received his Ph.D in Physics from University of Miami, Florida, USA. Currently, his research focuses on air pollution over Nepal. Dr. Aryal’s research affiliation with Nepal, social activities in the USA and Nepal are a few of the key factors that motivated him to be a part of the Nepal policy institute.
Sharad Neupane brings more than 30 years of experience in governance reform, agriculture and rural development in Asia and Africa, and has worked with governments, INGOs, bilateral donors and the UNDP. He holds a Master’s degree in Agri Economics from Kasesart University, Thailand. He is also a member of Rotary International.
Rajendra Shrestha is currently Professor and Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He is from Gorkha district and has previously worked for Tribhuwan University and Ministry of Agriculture in Nepal, as well as the UNEP. He holds BSc.(Hons.)Ag., MSc and Ph.D in natural resources management. He works in the area of land use, climate change, food security, land degradation, and land management for understanding the factors affecting it including the policy implications and vice versa. His scientific works are mostly from Southeast Asia and South Asia. He also serves as the Chair of SKI team, NRNA Thailand. Further information at http://rpshrestha.weebly.com/
Bijaya Rajbhandari is an engineer by profession with a post-graduate degree in environment management and has worked with the UNICEF for more than 35 years. He worked in Nepal and was based in western and central regions of Nepal. He also worked in eight different countries in Africa, Central Asia, South Asia and Far East Asia. He was in a leadership position in the UNICEF as Country Representative in his last two countries in Thailand and North Korea before retiring in January 2016.
Ramesh Singh is an international development practitioner, currently working as a freelance consultant and volunteer. Ramesh started his professional career as a high school teacher in Nepal and later worked as an agronomist/seed technologist. After that he has worked in various country, regional and international roles related to development, human rights and environment with Greenpeace, Open Society Foundations and ActionAid. Ramesh lived, worked and learnt in Asia, Africa, Europe and USA. He received his academic education at Tribhuvan University, and Edinburg University and did his trainings and fellowships at IDS Sussex, Harvard University Cambridge MA, Syracuse University and INSEAD Fontainebleau. He remains committed to, interested in and curious about all aspects of global civil society working in the fields of human rights, social justice and environment.
Dr. Anil Sigdel is the Director at Nepal Matters for America, a leading think tank on US-Nepal relations and Nepalese affairs in Washington DC, endorsed by the Congressional Nepal Caucus in the Capitol Hill. Dr. Sigdel is leading the Nepal initiative with the mission to increase Nepal’s visibility in the policy circle in Washington DC. He is a contributor on South Asian affairs at Hudson Institute, an influential policy think tank in Washington, and also provides his expertise for governmental and private organizations. Dr. Sigdel holds a Master degree in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Madrid in Spain, and a Dr. Phil. from the University of Vienna, Austria, in Political Science/International Relations. His commentaries have been published in major international outlets including People’s Daily China in Beijing, East Asia Forum in Australia, and Asia Pacific Bulletin in Washington and Hawaii. His academic research works have appeared in the most prominent global forum in the field of international relations – the International Studies Association.
Bishwa Nath Tiwari
Coordinator (Economic Research Team)
Bishwa Tiwari holds PhD in Economics from University of Rajasthan, and MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University of London. Dr. Tiwari started his career as a Lecturer in Tribhuvan University as early as in 1981, and currently he is a retired Professor. He has worked for more than two dozen of government and non-government organizations including ADB, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, among others, on more than 40 projects. He has authored/co-authored 6 books, and more than a dozen of articles published in national and international journals. In addition, he is the Lead Author of the Nepal Human Development Report 2009, co-author of the Asia-Pacific Regional Human Development 2013 and 2016, and Asia-Pacific regional SDG Report 2017 and 2018.
Coordinator (Policy Knowledge Management Team)
Jagan Karki holds three Master’s degrees: MA in Sociology from TU, MBA from University of Trinity St David, UK and MSc in Financial management from Heriot-Watt University UK. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of West Scotland on remittance and financial inclusion in Nepal. Mr. Karki has been involved in teaching since 2005 in Nepal and continuously engaged in academic activities till date. He is also actively involved in Journalism. He is Editor in chief of Himalaya Mail, UK and a current secretary of Federation of Nepalese Journalists, UK Chapter. He also writes in various issues regarding finance, management and current issues in national and international newspapers. He is serving as a Governor at Coston Primary School, London and is advisor at NRNA UK.