Mr. Thapa has been working in the development and Disaster Management sectors in various capacities in national and international organizations and federations since 1985. He is a former Treasurer of the Social Welfare Council. He has been honored with the 'International Humanitarian Award 2017' by Dan Church Aid, the 'Disaster Relief Award' by MoHA, and the National Award for 'Outstanding Development Worker-1996' by the NGO Federation of Nepal.
Dr. Raju Thapa is a practitioner lawyer with wide range of academic degrees and experiences on different areas like disaster management, conflict management, political science, sociology and human rights. He has a vast experience in these areas working with various national and international agencies. He has served as a research fellow in Tribhuvan University, CINAS. He is also an Alumnus of Queensland University of Technology in inclusive disaster management and an awardee of Australia Awards in 2018.
Mr. Kailash Rijal, Master on Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1996 AD) and Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies from Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, The Netherlands (2007 AD), has been intensively involved, in the project proposal preparation, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholders interaction, and policy dialogue at the national and international level. His areas of engagement ranges from microfinance to food security, livelihoods, natural resource management, DRR and humanitarian response. His Post-graduation Diploma in development oriented research in agricultural (ICRA, 2002) in Wageningen, The Netherlands has become very much instrumental for the research and studies at DEPROSC Nepal. Moreover, Mr. Rijal has contributed in the field of microfinance as Board Director for more than 8 years in Deprosc Development Bank.
Ms. Shakti Gurung is a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Professional. She has been working in development sectors since last 15 years. She is an Executive Director of Centre for Disaster Management Studies (CDMS), a women led organization which has been working in the sector of DRR since 2007. Ms. Gurung is the member secretary of a Women Humanitarian and DRR Platform (WHDRRP), which is a loose platform of professional women working in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction. Ms. Gurung is the Treasurer of one of the renowned network of Nepal, Disaster Preparedness Network-Nepal (DPNet-Nepal).
Women and other vulnerable group such as children, elderly and persons with disabilities are at major risk of disaster incidences. Due to social, economic and cultural barriers, women faces greater risk of disaster impacts than men. In this regard, Ms. Gurung as a DRRM professional raises the agenda of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion to be integrated in overall disaster risk reduction and management cycle for their representation, and meaningful participation in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and disaster response. Ms. Gurung through different national and international platforms advocates the GESI sensitive DRRM policies, guidelines and most importantly the GESI sensitive policy formulation process through the gender sensitive and inclusive DRRM policy structures.
Ms. Gurung is also involved in the capacity development of humanitarian actors and local level government in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. She is the certified trainer of humanitarian standards guidelines such as Sphere and Core Humanitarian Standards, which ensures the right and entitlements of disaster affected people. She is also involved in the research works in measuring the ecological systems' resilience to climate induced disasters.
Mr. Harshaman Maharjan has completed Masters in Mathematics from Tribhuvan University. He has been working on disaster risk reduction and management from 2060 B.S. He has been working as Program cum program coordinator in NRCS Kirtipur Sub Chapter. He has completed several trainings and has been active in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management since 2060 B.S. He has been facilitating DPNet as Deputy General Secretary.
Ram has more than 25 years of experience in Disaster and Climate Change with different development agencies. He started his career with ACTION AID Nepal International in 1994. After working for others for over a decade, he became an independent researcher and consultant in 2005. Over the last Nine years, he has served many development institutions and bilateral organisations, including Mercy Corps, ActionAid, Practical Action, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Nepal Development Research Institute, , Lutheran World Federation, Caritas Nepal, Plan Nepal, DIPECHO/Humanitarian Aid department/European Commission, /DFID, UNDP,UMN, Oxfam, CECI Canada, and Care Nepal, etc. His expertise lies in the fields of DRR Trainer,School Retrofitting Design and project evaluation; research, studies, training related to disaster risks reduction, climate change adaptation, natural resource management, PRA, HIV Aids, and governance.
Mr. Sher Bahadur Karki has completed M.Sc. in Zoology from T.U, Kirtipur. He has worked as Asst. Lecturer (Zoology) in Tri-Chandra Campus, Administrative/Food Distribution and Rehabilitation Coordinator in NRCS, NHQs, Kalimati, Protection Coordinator in NRCS, Field Office NPJ, Response and Recovery Coordinator in DM Department, NHQs, Field Coordinator in Earthquake Response Operation, National Head Quarter and Project Coordinator in Response and Recovery, National Head Quarter.
Sunil Sun Shakya is known as an expert in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in Nepal for two decades. He has long experience in training, planning and development of policy documents of governments and manuals on DRRM. He has provided his professional services to UNICEF, UNDP, JICA, Oxfam, Action Aid, World vision, Luthern, WHH, PLAN International, Save the Children, Mercy Corps etc. He has supported the Nepal Government especially MOFAGA and MOEST to develop DRRM Manual and Comprehensive School Safety Minimum Package (CSSMP). Similarly, He has provided training DRRM in the project team of Action Aid in Afghanistan.
A Youth Activist, Researcher and an Entrepreneur, Mr. Suraj Gautam is a Civil Engineer and a DRR Professional with a healthy experience in leading DRR related projects, Trans boundary research, conducting risk assessments, using frontier technologies like Drones for DRR planning and urban development. His key research interests include the study of Geo-Hazards, Climate Change, Flood/Landslides Risk Mapping, Modelling, and Early Warning System. Currently, he is serving as an Executive Director at the Institute of Himalayan Risk Reduction. He is also enrolled in a Young Scientist Program of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). He also served as a Fellow at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor's Research Fellowship 2020/21 Program.
Ms. Chandani Bhandari is a Disaster Professional with an Environmental Science Background. Having wide-range of research experience in blending science and socio-economic issues, she is majorly involved in community-based climate change and disaster risk reduction programs. Her key research interests includes risk communication strategies, people’s perception on disasters, climate change and geo-hazards study. Currently, she is working as a Project Coordinator in EU funded-Climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction project at Himalaya Conservation Group Nepal.
Mr. Sher Bahadur Basnet has completed Bachelors in Political Science. He has worked as Program Director of FAYA Nepal, Province Coordinator in Education Watch Group, Central Committee Secretary in National Allaince for Human Rights and Social Justice and Central Committee Member in DPNet Nepal.
Mr. Basnet has 17 years of working experience in DRR and CCA with more than 7 national, international organization and UN agencies. He has regional level experience on inclusive DRR , cross boarder EWS, School Based DRR , urban DRR and safe shelter and safe housing. His Education is engineering, master in social science and Post graduate in disaster risk management.
Mr. Pratap Maharjan is a development professional engaged with Humanitarian and Development agencies for sustainable development programs; focused on Community Development, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Knowledge Management; Humanitarian Assistance with broad experience in Program Management. Mr. Maharjan has over 8 years of experience in Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Research, Advocacy, and Networking for Campaigning, Training Moderation and Facilitation and contributed to fundraising. He is graduate in Sustainable Development and completed his undergraduate in Environment management. He worked as DRR and Humanitarian Specialist at ActionAid Nepal and currently working in Mercy Corps as Policy and Advocacy Specialist. He has gained experience of working with multi-cultural and diverse team in national and international agencies in different capacities in Nepal, Malawi and Mali.
Mr. Hari Bandhu Aryal is from PutaliBazar Municipality Ward No 11 Syangja .He has been involved in the Disaster Management sector in Nepal continuously for 17 years .He is currently from the organization named International Nepal Fellowship (Nepal) Centre Office Pokhara and working as a DRR & CCA Technical Coordinator. His academic education level Masters in Sociology and Masters in Population Education from Tribhuvan University. He has published different disaster relevant articles in national and local level newspapers.
Dr. Dixit’s 49 years of professional experience includes stints with government, private consulting firms, academia and NGOs. He currently chairs the College Management Committee of Universal Engineering and Science College (UESC), an affiliate of Pokhara University. He is a Visiting Professor with Ehime university, and served a CAS PIFI Professor in China. He serves as an Advisory Board Member of IHRR, Durham University, and a governing board member of SAADRI, and chairs the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN). Recipient of several awards, he founded NSET and serves currently as the President after nurturing it for three decades.
Anil Pokhrel is the Chief Executive at the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Authority, Government of Nepal. He also serves as the Member Secretary of the National Executive Committee headed by Hon. Minister of Home Affairs and the National Council for DRRM headed by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister. In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Pokhrel has gained extensive experience in DRRM, climate change adaptation and water management with Nepali and international NGOs, UN agencies, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. Mr. Pokhrel previously worked as Sr. Risk & Adaptation Specialist at Plan8 Risk Consulting. Prior to that, he served as DRM Specialist at the ADB and the World Bank and as Research Associate at Overseas Development Institute and Institute for Social and Environmental Transition. Mr. Pokhrel was trained as a Civil Engineer at Tribhuvan University (1994-1997) and in Environmental Management -specialization in water science, policy and management- at Yale University (2004-2006) under a Fulbright fellowship.
Prof. Upreti is the founder General Secretary and the current President of Nepal Centre for Disaster Management (NCDM) and the former Chairperson of DPNet-Nepal. By profession he is a geologist. Prof. Upreti is an Academician of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. He is the former Head of Central Department of Geology and Department of Geology at Tri- Chandra Campus, and also the former Dean of Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University. He is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Foreign Fellow of the Zambia Academy of Sciences. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and a visiting Professor at the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing. Prof. Upreti was a professor (2015-2021) and Head, Department of Geology at the School of Mines, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. He also taught at Arba Minch University in Ethiopia. During his nearly 47 years of professional career, Prof. Upreti has done extensive geological research in the Nepal Himalaya and authored and edited many books and published over 90 research papers in national and international journals. Prof. Upreti was a visiting professor in the universities and Institutes of China, France, Germany, India. Japan, Ethiopia and Zambia. He has attended, chaired and delivered keynote and invited lectures in many universities, international seminars and conferences. Prof. Upreti has received many national and international prestigious awards including the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, Mahendra Vidhya Bhusan medals etc. and also awarded with the International Award - C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research from The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for his research contribution in the Nepal Himalaya. He was awarded with the Honorary Fellowship of the Nepal Geological Society and the Geological Society of America. Prof. Upreti’s main research interests are in structural geology and tectonics, Engineering geology, paleoseismology, geohazards and disaster management.
Hari Darshan Shrestha is working in Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University as a Professor since 1991. Beside teaching and research works Involve in design, planning, management and implementation of projects. He served International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent (IFRC) as Team leader on 1994 flood rehabilitation program. Later, He joined IFRC as Emergency Response, Recovery and Reconstruction experts immediate after 2004 Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia for one year. He served as Director Recovery and reconstruction program of Save the Children, in Aceh Tsunami program & Director, Global Construction Quality and Technical Assistance Unit, provide technical support from project design to implementation of emergency response, recovery and reconstruction program as well as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management support Save the Children's program in different country offices till 2011. After He was one of the core member in Haiti Earthquake Emergency Response program, West Sumatra Earthquake Response Program, Java Earthquake Response Program, East Timor and Kirgizstan conflict response program and Pakistan Flood Response and Reconstruction Program.
After more than 6 year works abroad, he decided to back to Nepal to contribute on Disaster Risk Management, reconstruction through resilient development approach. He establish Center of Resilient Development (CoRD), 2013, organization working in DRR & M. He is also provided technical advisory to the country offices in different part of world in Disaster Risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction program as Advisor (consultant). He developed and published numbers of handbook, manual, guidelines and papers in journals in the area of Disaster Management, Environment & Climate Responsive design, development, earthquake resistant design and construction, construction administration, education etc.
He was General Secretary of Federation of Engineering Institution of South and Central Asia (FEISCA), General Secretary of Nepal Engineers Association (NEA), Immediate past President, Structural Engineers Association Nepal (SEANEP), Executive Member and presently Advisor of Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DPNet). Founder member and member board of Directors of NEAR (Global) and advisor of Democratic Thinking Society. He was Member, Expert Panel, and Committee on effective implementation strategy of building code and Revision of Building Code of Nepal and published more than 100 technical papers, paper presentations, interviews, guidelines, handbook and books on different areas both technical and social.
Prof. Jiba Raj Pokharel is a retired Professor of the Institute of Engineering. He is the Immediate Past Vice Chancellor and Academician of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. He is also a former Dean of the Institute of Engineering and President of Nepal Engineers Association as well as Society for Democratic Thinking. An architect by Profession, Dr. Pokharel is the designer of Maya Devi temple in Lumbini. At the present, he looks after Kantipur Engineering College in the capacity of Principal. He is the writer of books such as Architecure, Oh! Architecture, written in Shakespearean Sonnets, Sikchhak Sisya Sambad, written in classical meters, Patan Ko Krishna Mandir, written in folk style. Prof. Pokharel has developed technologies for disaster risk reduction such as fire resistant thatch roofing, landslide prevention technology and Earthquake damping technologies to name a few. He has recently completed an indigenous landslide prevention technology in Gorkha district. He is promoting the technology of digging ponds to reduce flood, landslide, wildfire, pollution, lightning and disaster risk reduction at the present. He has also written a first ever Disaster epic entitled Maina Bulbul written in folk Nepali style. Dr. Pokharel's articles appear regularly in the Himalayan Times and the Nepali Himal Times.
Dr. Pokharel has specialized on Architecture Conservation from the University of York, UK. He was in a national committee formed by the Government about the conservation of Hari Bhawan. He also worked for the conservation of Jaya Bageswori temple in Pashupati premises. Recently, he completed as a Team Leader architect towards the preparation of the conservation and Development Action Plan of Chapagaon. He has supervised several Masters and Doctorate. At the present, he is engaged in the digging of ponds for the reduction of risk due to disasters in the country. Recently, he completed the digging of 100 ponds in Kalapani, Ward No 3 of Bardibash Municipality in Mahottari district and 75 ponds in Kharpa, Khotang district.
Mr. Thapa completed B. Sc. in Agriculture from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and Master of Social Science (Agri econ & Rural Sociology) from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines. He is also a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Cornell University, USA, and studied natural resources management and international development.
Mr. Thapa is working with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Nepal as Country Representative since 2017. Before joining ADPC, he worked with United Nations Development Programme from 1996 till 2016 in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Palau, Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan in several positions such as Project/program Manager, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor, Chief Technical Advisor, etc. in the field of disaster risk management/ reduction (DRR/M); disaster – conflict interface; policy formulation/ review; national capacity development; recovery/ reconstruction; livelihoods; program/project design; implementation and monitoring and evaluation; mainstreaming DRR/M and conflict into development, networking, and resource mobilization, knowledge generation, and documentation. He worked closely with government and donor communities in the above countries. Likewise, he also has strong background in working with other stakeholders such as the private sector, I/NGOs, academia, and media.
Dr. Mandira Singh Shrestha is a Programme Coordinator of Climate Services initiative at ICIMOD. She has over 25 years of research experience that cover broad areas of climate services, disaster risk reduction and water resources management. Her research interest center on transboundary flood forecasting and monitoring, application of satellite based products, early warning systems and end user engagement for reduced risks and increased resilience. Her current research focuses on localizing climate services for Agriculture and Tourism, communication of early warning to the last mile and institutional capacity building in Future Climate Change Projections. She coordinated the development of a web based regional flood information system in the Himalayan region where the countries share real-time data and information for flood risk reduction thereby strengthening regional cooperation. Ms. Shrestha holds a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Kyoto, Japan, Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Dr. Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri earned his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1995 and Post Doctorate in Disaster Management Policy from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia in 2011. At present, he is the Executive Member of Nepal Center for Disaster Management (NCDM), Adviser of DPNet-Nepal and Chairman of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS)’s paper Review Committee. He has been appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia since March 2009. He is a Council Member of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). He served the Government of Nepal for 34 years by holding various senior-level positions.
Mr. Pitambar Aryal actively involved with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and UNDP for more than 25 years domestically with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Canadian Red Cross, and UNDP as well as internationally for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Danish Red Cross. He had served in leadership/management roles as well as technical advisory roles in different contexts ranging from development to crisis settings.
His major areas of expertise include emergency/crisis management, climate risk management/ disaster risk management, disaster response/recovery, community development, community based health/ WASH and organizational development. Recently, he has been working as the Faculty for Humanitarian Assistant at Institute of Crisis Management, Dhumbarahi Kathmandu since January 2022. Before undertaking this responsibility, he was Secretary General for Nepal Red Cross Society for around two years, a largest humanitarian organization in Nepal.
Mr. Aryal also took a responsibility of Health Programe Manager at Canadian Red Cross Society based in Nepal. He had managed the Disaster and Crisis Preparedness Response and Recovery programs (3rd September 2018 to 2nd May 2019) at the IFRC MENA regional office Beirut, Lebanon as the Acting Head of DCPRR unit. He was also involved with IFRC as the head of country office for Yemen for around four years. In addition to his other previous roles with UNDP, Danish Red Cross and NRCS; he deployed by IFRC as a Health Delegate in Afghanistan and as a Regional Coordinator for the South Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent Network on HIV/AIDS.
Specific to Nepal, Mr. Aryal worked with Nepal Red Cross Society for nearly 16 years in key management positions including as Director for Youth Red Cross Department, Health Service Department, Disaster Management Department and Secretary General.
Trained as Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT), Regional Disaster Response Team, Public Health in Emergencies, Health Emergency in Large Population and HITs and other national and international health programme management as well as disaster risk management courses. Mr. Aryal has attended several national and international workshops/conferences and made presentations, he is a good trainer, facilitator, and manager. He prefers to be called a humanitarian practitioner/professional. He has published scientific articles in national and international peer reviewed journals in the humanitarian field. He has completed Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Netherlands, Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management (PGDDM) and Master's Degree in Sociology (MA) from New Delhi, India and Master's Degree in Health Education (Med) from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal. He has been pursuing a PhD program from India since 2022.
Pitambar Prasad Acharya is one of the pioneers of poverty reduction initiatives at the grass root level in Nepal. Mr. Acharya is a graduate on Commerce and Law from TU, Nepal, and Post Graduate on Regional development and planning from Israel. He has successfully established two microfinance banks in Nepal namely, Deprosc Laghubitta Bittiya Sanstha Limited (2001) and NADEP Laghubitta Bittiya Sanstha Limited (2015). He has served as a Founder Chair of DEPROSC-Nepal for years. He has given his leadership in Microfinance Association of Nepal (MIFAN) in addition to Development Project Service Centre (DEPROSC Nepal) itself. In addition, he is serving as Vice Chair at Centre for Microfinance (CMF). He has successfully accomplished the fourth Microfinance Summit in Nepal under this chairmanship. Mr. Acharya has served for more than 20 years in Agricultural Development Bank of Nepal up to the capacity of Zonal Manager. Mr. Acharya has wide range of exposure and meaningful participation at the national, regional and international level seminar, dialogue and conferences. He has led number of research and studies conducted for various donors and international agencies. Mr. Acharya conceived DEPROSC-Nepal twenty-nine years back with the notion of bringing excluded, poor, minorities, women and dalits, marginalized groups, particularly living in rural parts of Nepal into the development mainstream that giving rise to their livelihoods, social development and self-dignity.
Mr. Ram Chandra Neupane has been working in the sector of DRR and Climate Change for over 25 years. He has a master’s degree in Disaster Mitigation and Sociology. He has extensive experience and expertise in disaster risk management, climate change, community-based early warning system, development planning, mainstreaming DRM/CRM into the development planning process. During his 27+ years of professional journey, he has worked with diverse stakeholders and in almost all approaches followed on DRR in Nepal from advocacy, publication of the monthly magazine “Paryawaran” to mainstreaming DRR into the development plan. He is well aware of the policies, strategies, and approaches adopted in Nepal in the sector of DRR. He is also well aware of the risk transfer mechanism and its different approaches. Throughout his career, he has facilitated numerous trainings on VCA tools and prepares LDRMP for several VDCs. His proficiency in VCA tools makes him an expert on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools. All of the VCA tools he has been training have followed the PRA approach. Mr. Neupane is also a Member of "Vidushi Yogamaya Ayurved Vishwavidyala Purbhadar Nirman Vikash Samity" which is establishing in the hill & Mountain district as Bhojpur and Sankhuwasabha.Project Implementation: His 20+ years of experience in the implementation of project-level activities will help us organize baseline survey activities and timely deliver all the desired outcomes with the highest efficiency under his supervision.
Mr. Shyam Sundar Jnavaly (60) is a development professional engaged with Humanitarian and Development agencies for sustainable development programs; focused on Community Development, Natural Resource Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Risk Management; Humanitarian Assistance with broad experience in Project Management, Logistics & Supply Chain for Emergency Response. Mr. Jnavaly has over 30 years of experience in Program Operations, Training Moderation and Facilitation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Research, Advocacy, and Networking for Campaigning in the engaged area is the strength. Currently, he is heading an NGO, National Disaster Risk-reduction Centre (NDRC) Nepal in the capacity of Executive Director and also serves as an Advisor to the DPNet Nepal.
Mr. Neupane has been working in public governence processes, is expert in designing, organizing, conducting training and workshops, developing guidelines, manuals and drafting by-laws. Also working on designing and implementing public private partnership projects in federal, provincial and local units. He has 32 years of experience in the field of good governance, central, provincial and local development of government business.and is experienced in planning and development of monitoring indicators, socio- economic empowerment process. He has worked as the Head of conflict management, peace and stability, immigration management, narcotic control authority of Nepal, disaster management of Nepal and as a principal seceretary of provincial government, land reform, co- operatives, poverty alleviation and good governance.
Mr. Thule Rai is a retired Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP), who served a total of thirty years in Nepal Police. Along with the core policing functions, he treasures an ample of experiences in the field of DRR, particularly in Preparedness and Response. Beside the DRR, he holds a wide range of experiences in managing crises/critical incidents during his active service with Nepal Police. He served as the chief of Operations Department, Crime Investigation Department, Human Resource and Administration Department, and National Police Academy of Nepal Police. During his active service in Nepal Police, he put several years in enhancing capacity building of police personnel and other professional responders related to DRR. He also has a solid experience in handling the mega/devastating disasters in Nepal. He served as an overall in-charge of Search and Rescue Operations on behalf of Nepal Police, Dead Body Management of unidentified victims, Data Base of Death, and Missing persons during the Gorkha Earthquake, 2015. He feels satisfied in having established the dedicated Disaster Management Units at various levels in Nepal Police, which exists at federal and all province levels at present.
He holds Masters Degree in Economics (TU, Nepal) and Post Graduation Diploma in Disaster Management (IGNOU, India). His knowledge and skills have been enriched by having academic degree and several DRR related Training Courses, Workshops and Seminars nationally and internationally. He served multiple occasions as the Instructor, Coordinator and Monitor of various courses/programs in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand for national emergency responders in various DRR related programs including the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), a USAID/OFDA or BHA supported program in South Asia and South East Asia. Beside DRR, he has the experience of working in multi-national/multi-cultural environment as he has served in three different UN Peacekeeping Missions during the crisis times; namely UNGCI in Kurdistan - Northern Iraq (1998 - 1999), UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone (2002-2003) and UNAMID in Darfur, Sudan (2008-2009), mostly engaged in the field of capacity building activities. He has also served as the Capacity Building Advisor/Rapid Capacity Assessment Expert with DFID/ MIPP Project under UNOPS in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic and the Consultant-Security and Justice Adviser to SAHAJ Program under International Alert, Nepal. Currently, he serves as the Chairperson of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Services (DREAMS) Foundation Pvt. Ltd., based in Lalitpur, Nepal.
Bamshi is currently working as DRRM Policy and Governance Expert at Oxford Policy Management, Nepal being a governance expert on disaster risk management. Bamshi has worked for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal as a nodal officer on DRM for one decade, before joining the OPM. He has contributed to formulate DRR National Policy, DRR National Strategic Action Plan, DRRM Act, and DRRM Regulations and attended global, regional, and bi-lateral programs abroad on DRRM on behalf of the Government of Nepal.
He has experience of visiting all the 77 districts, trekking, mountaineering, and travel routes of Nepal to learn about ground situation at different rural and urban areas. Bamshi has a master’s degree in Public Administration and bachelor’s degree in Law from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari is an assistant professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. His main research interests are in the tectonics of the Himalayas, climate change, hill-slope movement and human interaction, landslide Early Warning systems, Multi-hazard risk assessment, community-based disaster risk reduction and nature-based solutions. He has published more than 50 scientific research papers and book chapters and received various recognitions for his work in the field of earth science and disaster risk reduction. His detailed information can be found on his personal web page: http://bradhikari.com.np
Extensive experience on mental health awareness, psychosocial counseling training to different groups (women, security force, community people and organization) including awareness on child mental health to 20 schools of Kathmandu Valley. 2 decade of professional experience as a trainer, psychotherapist and psychosocial counsellor, have undertaken several project management roles, including knowledge management. Possess strong networking and education initiatives background.
Consultant in International Non-Government Organisations (UNOPs, SAVE the Children, Search for Common Ground, DanChurch), Asia Development Bank (ADB), UNICEF providing and managing training, for all levels of staff, on children mental health during earthquake and psychosocial communication skills to gender based violence cases. Visiting faculty and guest lecture in different university affiliated colleges including Department of Psychology, Tribhuwan University, Kirtipur and Master's in Security Management, KUSOM, Kathmandu University. Trainer and guest lecturer at different organizations including Judicial Academy, Nepal Police Academy, Armed Police Force (APF), Women Security Pressure Group, COCAP Nepal, 2000 till the date and Nepal Army
Dharam Uprety did a Ph.D. in Forestry and livelihood at the University of Natural Resources and Life sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria in 2006 and did a post-Doctorate Degree in Environmental Sciences at the Czech University of Life sciences in Prague, Czech Republic in 2008. Dr. Uprety has over 18 years of professional working experience in the field of climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, Early warning system and nature-based solutions both at the national and international organizations. He is currently working in Practical Action South Asia office based in Kathmandu as thematic Lead for climate and resilience.
Dinanath Bhandari works in Oxford Policy Management Ltd in Nepal Office as Senior Consultant - Disaster Resilience Lead. He helps the DPNet voluntarily with his expertise on DRR and Climate Change policies, concepts, approaches and practices including Multi-Hazards Early Warning Systems. He has been working in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Resilience for over 20 years in Nepal.
Mr. Dinesh Gurung is a competent humanitarian and DRR professional with a proven track record in emergency programme designing, fundraising, training, facilitating, mobilizing people groups and organizations for disaster risk reduction and management. He served as Coordinator of Association of International Non- Government Organisation (AIN) Task Group of Disaster Management and Climate Change in Nepal (2017- 2019) and took the lead/co-lead role of Cash Working Group (2020-2021) in Nepal. In addition, he is also representing NPDRR INGOs thematic group as a coordinator. He is associated with DCA as a Humanitarian and DRR Manager.
Mr. Gehendra Bahadur Gurung brings a pragmatic understanding of issues and needs in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change and Development, with more than 35 years of working experience, of which over 16 years are in Climate Change and disaster risk reduction (DRR). He is one of the early practitioners in Nepal for community based climate change adaptation and disaster management. In the area of Climate Change and DRR, he has involved in assessment of technical needs, capacity needs and policy needs at local, district and national levels. As a Team Leader/ Head of Program for Climate Change and DRR in Practical Action, an UK based INGO, Mr Gurung has developed and delivered Climate Change and DRR proposals that include capacity development of stakeholders at various levels and communities. He has contributed in formulation of national climate change and DRR policies and is aware of the policy formulation processes at national, regional and global level.
Govinda Bahadur Rimal is Disaster Risk Reduction/Management and Governance expert having agriculture and social development background with extensive experience in managing diversified projects and conducting research. Mr. Rimal is a highly respected development leader and has been working with various development field and research. In his 35 years of development experience he has worked with various NGOs, INGOs and government institutions. His field of expertise include, organizational development, disaster risk reduction and management, social mobilization, livelihood, gender and governance.
Prof. Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel, Profesor of Geography, TU, Technical Advbisor of DPNet Nepal, Chairperson of Infectious and Communicable Diseases Hospital (ICDH) Management Committee, Pokhara, former president of Nepal GIS Society, author of Fundamentals of Resource Management: principles and practices, Geographic Information Science and Technology: building concepts in Nepalese perspectives, Watershed Management in the Himalayas: a resource analysis approach, Mountain Environment and GIS, including over three dozen research articles, two edited atlas, numbers of project reports and seminar proceedings. Experiences gained from Thailand, India, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, China, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Vietnam, Laos..
As a person with disability and the chairperson of Atullya Foundation Pvt. Ltd and Sarokar Foundation., He has worked in the humanitarian and disaster management sector and obtained hands-on expertise in Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction DIDRR (mitigation and preparedness), emergency livelihoods, and agriculture-related aspects. He has seen the need for a private organization led by a person with a disability working for the welfare of the persons in my community. He did Masters in Crisis Management and Mass Communication and Journalism. His organization has worked in different capacities ranging from volunteering to implement projects for persons with disabilities. He advocated for accessible public toilets in public places and in safe space for person with disabilities. He has conducted series on discussion related to Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and conducted various drill and first aid program and involved first responder’s and sensitized them related to issues of persons with disabilities during disasters.
He has received the following awards and nominations for my work in DIDRR: Australian Award 2017 “Developing a Framework for inclusive Disaster Management in Nepal", QUT Impact Stories 2018 Award (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Nominated for SASAKAWA award 2019 and competed against Government /organizations around the world and got position inside top sixty.
Prem Awasthi is a specialist in humanitarian coordination. He has been working with the UN for more than 15 years at progressively higher levels of responsibility. Prem provides advisory services and knowledge management in disaster risk management and humanitarian coordination.
An avid development & humanitarian professional with more than 17 years of professional experience – bringing leadership and comprehensive management experiences across a range of sectors including Development, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Climate Change Adaptation & Fragility, Cash Transfer Programming & Shock responsive social protection/Adaptive Social Protection.
A graduate of civil engineering from the University of Tokyo, had working exposure with the government, I/NGOs and donor agency and the community. With this, has developed the capacity to visualize any issue from the perspective of government, civil society and donors. Had working exposure to irrigation planning and development, hydropower governance and disaster risk management. In terms of program management has accumulated working experience in the whole cycle of planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Strongly believes in community involvement and localization of DRRM with pragmatic hand-holding support to the local governments instead of bulky prescriptive documents.
Mr. Rohit Kumar Yadav is a Member of the Technical Advisory Group of DP Net (2020 to date), Programme Implementation Manager of VSO international (2016 to date). He has also worked as Socio-Economic Specialist in Denmark Development Cooperation (2014-2015) and DRR Specialist Manager & Regional M&EO/FO in CARE International in Nepal (1993 to 2014). Mr. Yadav has led the design and management (technical and managerial aspect) of the several Programme and projects in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), emergency preparedness, climate risk management, good governance and DRR systems, disaster recovery planning and implementation, early warning systems, mainstreaming DRR into development, and geological hazard risk management. Rohit has led several research i.e., Promoting collective action toward total sanitation, Gorkha Earthquake Altus, Exclusion Inclusion and federalism, Madhesh movement challenge and opportunity. Academically Master’s in sociology, Dual bachelor’s in education and Arts, and Certificate Level in Civil Engineering, Rohit has been contributing his technical expertise to VSO DRR/CCA program and project in VSO global, Uganda, Kenyan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. Rohit is a member of AINTGDM, different taskforce/groups, and clusters.
Mr. Santosh Dahal a permanent residence of Molung RM, Okhaldhunga district of Nepal with more than 12 years of experience in the development sector (government, International/non-government organizations, academic institutions) with professional experience focus on following: Project Management and Operations; Disaster Risk Management (DRM); Humanitarian Response and recovery; Emergency Risk Management; Comprehensive School Safety (CSS); Climate Crisis (CC); Climate Change Adaptation (CCA); Resilience; Community Resilience; Training Curriculum Design and Development; Capacity building on DRM and CC; Emergency Need Assessment; Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA); Rapid Market Assessment (RMA); DRM and Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI); Urban Risk Management (URM); Grant Acquisition; Report preparation; Security Risk Management ; Disaster Safety Drill / Simulation; Disaster Early Warning System (EWS) and Flood Early Warning System; coordination and networking with government stakeholders. Have also experience of managing AINTGDMCC for three years and currently co-lead for Cash Coordination Group (CCG) of Nepal.
Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha is the Executive Director at National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET). Mr. Shrestha has been working with NSET since 2000. He holds a Master's Degree in Structural Engineering and has an extensive work experience of more than 18 years.
Mr. Shrestha has worked as Program/Project Manager and Team Leader for several projects related to earthquake risk reduction and post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, and Mozambique.
He has been leading the implementation of concepts and programs on Promoting safer building construction, School Earthquake Safety Program, Community Based Disaster Risk Management Programs, Enhancing Emergency Response Capacities at community levels to national levels, and various researches and studies related to promotion of earthquake safety, and preparedness.
Mr. Shrestha has recently served as Technical Advisor to the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and provided his inputs to the policies, plans and programs formulated for post-earthquake reconstruction.
Mr. Shrestha also represents NSET in several global, regional and national networks and scientific initiatives on disaster risk reduction and management. He sits in the Governing Board of Global Earthquake Mode (GEM) Foundation, Pavia, Italy. NSET has been member of GNDR since 2008, and Mr. Shrestha is one of the members in Regional Advisory Group of Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for DRR (GNDR) in South Asia and National Focal Point for Nepal since 2017. Mr. Shrestha also served as one of the fellows in Housner Fellowship Program during 2014-2016 administered by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) of the USA.
I am an energetic professional with a master’s degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University and Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster management from Indira Gandhi Open University India. I have more than 15 years of humanitarian, DRR and development programme management managing multiple donor grants along with working World vision International Nepal (WVIN), International Rescue committee (IRC), Action Aid International Nepal (AAIN) & currently working with Care Nepal since 2011 May. In all my assignments, I have demonstrated track record of providing strategic planning, leadership, representations, networking with multiple stakeholders, government entities at different tiers of government. Currently I am working as Senior Technical Specialist (DRR & Governance) at CARE Nepal responsible for managing DRR programs, technical support for mainstreaming DRR in all development programmes and strengthening the capacities of local government and implementing partners. I have sound experience of programing (humanitarian and development) context analysis and operations, designing funding proposals for institutional donors including ECHO and others, alliance building partnership managements, project cycle management, knowledge management, financial management, budgeting and forecasting including oversight for quality controls to high external standards of accountability. In addition, I bring thorough understanding of Govt of Nepal DRR legal instruments & guidelines, localization of DRR at local level, inclusive CBDRM and protection-gender-social inclusion.
Mr. Kshitiz Paudel is a proficient civil engineering practitioner with significant experience in disaster-related projects. He has a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Earthquake Engineering from Tribhuvan University, with extensive experience in multi-hazard and disaster-resistant design and related research. Mr. Paudel has worked as a contract consultant for reputed organizations and served as a local field facilitator for various disaster-related projects with international expert teams, honing his disaster management and leadership skills and understanding the various standards applied to humanitarian operations.
Ms. Sujata Chhetri is a self-motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, result oriented lady with a Master degree in Business studies specialization on Accounting and taxation from Central Department of Management, Tribuwan University. She is also an ACCA (Semi-Qualified) from British college, Thapathali. Her expertise on the finance and administration field from last 9+ years in I/NGO sector has strength her capacity on three strong portions as Loyalty, Professional, and Supportive with monitoring skills on the compliances which is pride for the Organization.
Without a doubt, it was her vision and courage that moved her up the ladder. Today, it is her warmth and passion that make her such a valuable resource to the organization and to all those around her.
Ms. Tulasa Dahal is a driven professional with a Master's degree in Food Science and Technology, currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Cooperation and Development. With several years of experience in the Science and Technology sector, she recognized the importance of bridging science and social science, leading her to embark on a journey into the realms of disaster, development, and cooperation. Her association with DPNet commenced as an intern and evolved into her current role as a dedicated MEAL and GEDSI Officer. Ms. Dahal passionately advocates for the integration of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion throughout the comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management cycle.
Ms. Sama Neupane is a strong-willed and motivated social worker who believes in serving communities for the greater good. She has proved herself competent in developing an accessible curriculum for visually impaired school and high-school students under OLE Nepal. Furthermore, she has worked as a research intern at the SAARC Secretariat and is experienced in diversified areas of humanitarian action in different settings; women, children, and youth.