Our Experts

Our Experts

Our Experts

Khagendra Raj Dhakal

Competences: Education, policy analysis, human capital, and migration

Khagendra Dhakal is an educationist and currently working as a lecturer 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 University College, Australia and PGC in Applied Linguistics from University of Oregon. His interest areas include applied linguistics, policy 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

Competences: Foreign labor migration, gender and development

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.

Sita Ram Ghimire

Competences: Agricultural research and diaspora affairs

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.

Rudra Aryal

Competences: Human health, climate science and air pollution

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

Competences: Agriculture and rural development

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

Competences: Land management, climate change and food security

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.

Bijaya Rajbhandari

Competences: Public health and education

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 Kumar Singh

Competences: International development, agroeconomics and public policies

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.

Nalini Subba Chhetri

Competences: Science policy, sustainable development, knowledge systems

Nalini Chhetri is a social scientist, and a clinical associate professor in Arizona State University. She obtained her PhD from Penn State University, USA. She works on science policy, climate impacts, science communication, sustainable development, energy access, knowledge systems, gender, and urban sustainability. Her career also included overseeing large sustainable development programs for international nongovernmental organizations. She works with think-tanks and universities in Brazil, China, Guyana, Ghana, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sierra Leone. She has consulted for United Nations and European bilateral agencies. She worked in Nepal in integrated sustainable development, non formal literacy and disadvantaged group programs, and basic needs programs in the far western and western parts of Nepal with CARE International, and worked closely with the Ministry of Forestry and Watershed Management for over a decade.

Kedar Neupane

Competences: Migration and refugee policy, development management and organization reform

Mr. Kedar Neupane holds MA Economics from Tribhuvan University of Nepal (1976) and a Rockefeller Fellow Scholar at the School of Economics of University of the Philippines (1977). Trained as emergency preparedness and operations manager (1986) at the College of Engineering Science and Disaster Preparedness and Management of University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA). Presently retired from international service of the United Nations Systems which began with the United Nations Department for Technical Cooperation for Development (UN/DTCD) in 1977 as economist attached to the Regional Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Juba, South Sudan. During 1980-82. Mr. Neupane worked for United Nations Capital Development Fund (UN/CDF) in UNDP Khartoum (Sudan) and UN/CDF Headquarters (1981) in New York (USA).

In 1983, Mr. Neupane joined UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Eastern Sudan and worked in the USA, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Bangladesh Pakistan, Iran and Switzerland in different capacity rotating between UNHCR field offices and Headquarters in Geneva. With over three decades of international experience, Mr. Neupane brings unique perspectives on development and operational challenges gained from varied work experience that ranged from operational complexity of development, donor relations, financing and program implementation strategies, sustainability, change management and organization reforms. Mr. Neupane regularly shuttles between Asia, Europe, and Americas in quest of fresh and pragmatic narratives for probable synergies in development conundrum confronting challenges emerging from faltering growth models, which are in vogue, in post-World War II environment and post-COVID-19 situation.

Anil Sigdel

Competences: South Asia affairs and international relations

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

Competences: Economics and human development

 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.

Jagan Karki

Competences: Financial inclusion and remittance

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.