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Staff Detail

Ajay Dixit
Ajay Dixit
Advisor

Mr. Ajaya Dixit, founder of ISET-Nepal is an Ashoka Fellow who has led different projects on climate change adaptation and resilience building, disaster risk management, energy, food security and water governance. He possesses MSc in Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Orissa, India. He has directed regional research that examined climate changes impacts on flood, drought and food system adaptation in South Asia. His research focused on exploring the approaches to develop strategies for resilience building against climate change vulnerabilities at sub national scale. He coordinated and edited Nepal’s first national disaster report, which was published in 2010. He is also the lead author of the book “Nepal maa Bipad” (Disasters in Nepal) that was published in 2016. He has published extensively in prestigious journals such as the Economic and Political Weekly. His opinion is highly regarded in the international arena and has been regarded as a climate change adaptation and resilience expert in Nepal and South Asia.

Kanchan Mani Dixit
Kanchan Mani Dixit
Executive Director

Mr. Kanchan Mani Dixit holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration in Project Management from Kathmandu University and Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of South Alabama. He has 15+ years of working experience on both research and management and has successfully implemented multi-donor projects related to Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Ecosystem-Based Adaptation, Food Security and Water Governance. He worked with Think Tanks of South Asia to implement collaborative projects and facilitated delivery of outputs. He has received Training of Trainers on issues related to IWRM, MEAL and Project Management in Nepal and abroad and has facilitated training in Nepal. With his excellent communication and coordination skills ISET-Nepal has benefited in developing partnership and producing desired results. He is also author of a book Air Pollution and has published articles in journals, newspapers, and magazines. He has experiences of teaching in colleges and universities of Nepal.

Yogendra Subedi
Yogendra Subedi
Research & Knowledge Development Manager

Mr. Yogendra Subedi, Senior Researcher of ISET-Nepal holds M.Sc. degree in Applied Development Studies from the University of Reading, England (2005) and Master’s degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He has 20+ years of work experience in the fields of climate change adaptation (CCA), disaster risk management (DRM) and social development. He also possesses superior knowledge and experience in social development and socio-economic issues such as poverty, livelihood, and inequality (mostly related to infrastructure projects such as rural drinking water supply, road, and hydropower). His current engagement includes research and implementation programs of USAID Paani program, Safer Cities, Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA), Climate Finance, Hydropower Development, DRR Governance, Food Security and Agriculture. In many of these projects he served as a project coordinator whilst liaising with multiple stakeholders at different levels including government organizations. He worked as consultant in IUCN, JICA, TAEC Consult, ADB, SNV and New ERA in different projects. He has made extensive visits to over 65 districts of the country in and abroad in different projects. He has received a number of training on building capacities of think tanks, constructive writing and project cycle management. He has presented papers at national and international forums on various occasions. He has produced various reports and publications solely as well as a contributing author.

Rashmi Shrestha
Rashmi Shrestha
Senior Researcher

Ms. Rashmi Kiran Shrestha is a Water Resources Development (Hydropower) Analyst. She is a water resource manager, and an anthropologist by training, and graduated from IHE-Delft, the Netherlands through Nuffic Scholarship, and The Tribhuvan University Nepal. She has 15+ years of experience as a project coordinator and research lead. She joined ISET Nepal in 2019 as a project lead for “Expanding Water Dialogues in the Koshi Basin” project. At ISET, Ms. Shrestha helps prepare concept notes and proposals in emerging issues such as resilient rivers, women empowerment in the hydropower industry, and sustainable hydropower development. Prior to ISET Nepal, she worked at ICIMOD, where she led research on Hydropower and Benefit sharing in Nepal and India. She also led ground research on “Hydropower and Gender” for IFC. She has rich insights on the tradeoffs of water resource development from the visit of over 50 hydropower projects in Nepal and India. She has contributed to several published papers.

Anustha Shrestha
Anustha Shrestha
Research Officer

Ms. Anustha Shrestha is an Environmental Science graduate with specialization in natural resource management from Kathmandu University. She also received a fellowship award to take a short course on “Water Conflict Management” in UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands through Netherland Fellowship Program (NFP). Ms. Shrestha is involved in various research related to climate change, water governance, biodiversity conservation and disaster risk reduction in ISET Nepal. Recently, she worked as a Rapti Basin Coordinator for USAID funded study of the Paani Program on “Political economy analysis to identify champions for freshwater policy change and conservation of Aquatic Biodiversity”. She has extensive fieldwork experience with skills on facilitation and rapport building with local to international stakeholders. She has authored different reports, policy briefs, articles and book reviews. She has continuously worked with youths to enhance their research knowledge and capacity. She served as Conference Secretary for Graduate Conference (collaborative conference with GoN, universities and non-government partners) in 2017 and 2018 and coordinated Abishkar Fellowship for promoting innovative projects of young college students. In 2018, she was chosen as one of the 24 Young Leaders of the think tank across Latin America, South Asia and Africa by On Think Tank during Think Tank Initiatives Bangkok exchange. She has also worked as International Election Observer in Myanmar in 2015.

Anurag Pokharel
Anurag Pokharel
Research Associate

Mr. Anurag Pokharel is an electrical engineer and currently working as a Research Associate in ISET-Nepal. He possesses good knowledge in the field of energy, electrical safety and lightning and has been involved in various research related to political economy, energy, water, disaster risk reduction. He has visited more than 15 hydropower projects in Nepal for research and case studies. At ISET, he is mainly responsible for field visits and interactions, program coordination, writing, content design, and proposal development. One of his major achievements is successful coordination of the Sustainable Think Tank project (under Think Tank Initiative Support) where he effectively coordinated with the international partners and national academics during the book release program. He also coordinated various field level training funded by USAID Paani Program for the participants of Karnali, Mahakali and Rapti Basins.

Sushila Ghimire
Sushila Ghimire
MEAL Officer

Ms. Sushila Ghimire, a recipient of Netherland Fellowship Program holds M.Sc in Urban Development and Management from Erasmus University, The Netherlands and Masters in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has +10 years working in the development sector. She has experience of working in the areas related to WASH, disaster risk reduction and management, and M&E. She joined ISET-Nepal in 2018 as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer for the project “Surakshit Sahar (Safer Cities) – Urban DRR to Transit from Risk to Resilience in Kathmandu Valley”. She is responsible for keeping track of project activities, indicators and beneficiaries through use of M&E framework. She is engaged in project implementation and has been conducting training, workshops and meetings with relevant stakeholders. She has sound field experience and has effectively liaised with government officials, donors, media and community for the successful implementation of the project.

Kopila Wagle
Kopila Wagle
Research Associate

Ms. Kopila Wagley, a graduate in Environmental Science from Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University is working as a Research Associate and a trainer in ISET-Nepal. With a focus on gender and environment, she explores the nooks and corners of society to pull out the issues that are challenging and harmful to women, marginalized and minority groups and works to enhance their capacity. She has a good experience in carrying out research and is familiar with the research based working environment. She has attended various trainings, conferences, seminars, webinars to share her results. She has also been extensively involved in local level interactions, field visits and capacity building programs. At present she is engaged on a project “Expanding water dialogues in the Koshi basin” funded by The Asia Foundation. This project focuses on maintaining river ecology, understanding the status of women and marginalized groups, disaster management capacity and their accessibility to the Koshi River as a resource.

Dikshya Ghimire
Dikshya Ghimire
Research Consultant

Ms Dikshya Ghimire is working as a Research Consultant in ISET-Nepal. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She has conducted research on “Psychological impact of social media among adolescents of Morang district” during her thesis studies. Ms. Ghimire has been working on various projects related to climate change, biodiversity conservation, GESI and transboundary water governance supported by various donors such as The Asia Foundation, and USAID Paani Program. With her training on research writing, she has garnered a deeper understanding of academic writing and has supported the research team in carrying out literature review, translation, report writing and review. Ms. Ghimire was also involved in several field work related to community health.

Usha Acharya
Usha Acharya
Research Intern

Ms. Usha Acharya is working as a Research Intern in ISET-Nepal. She completed her B.Sc. in Environmental Science. She has conducted a thesis on “Socio-cultural and environmental impacts on cultural heritage sites due to earthquake”. She has supported research teams in projects related to biodiversity conservation, post harvest fisheries and climate change and closely worked with GESI experts during manual development. She is largely interested in technical writing, translation and program facilitation. Ms. Acharya is also an active member of voluntary organization Rotaract club where she is currently serving as a President. She has years of volunteering experiences in various community projects such as blood donation, tree plantation, nutrition monitoring and cleaning campaigns

Puskar Acharya
Puskar Acharya
General Administration & Finance Manager

Mr. Puskar Prasad Acharya completed his Master’s degree in 2004 with specialization in finance. With 15+ years of experience in the development sector, he has taken lead in handling administration, human resources, financial management, capacity building, project planning and budgeting, auditing, project monitoring and reviewing performance appraisal. He has experience of working with grassroots communities especially those who were affected by poverty and were deprived from their basic rights. Similarly, he worked with different INGO, multilateral organization and bilateral organizations such as ActionAid, Oxfam, CARE, INC, USAID, UNEP, IDRC, ADB and many others for successful execution of the project. He has participated in many national and international trainings, workshops and seminars that enhanced his financial management capacity. In 2010 he received a fellowship award through Danida Fellowship Center (DFC) by Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to undertake five weeks training on “Financial Management & Good Governance” in Copenhagen, Denmark. Similarly, in 2008 he attended training on “Community Based Microfinance” at COADY International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Krishna Gautam
Krishna Gautam
Administration & HR Officer

Mr. Krishna Gautam is a management graduate with accounting and taxation as majors. With more than a decade long experience in various fields such as construction, insurance and development sector, he has ability to coordinate and liaise with numbers of government line agencies, partners and donors. His key responsibilities are to ensure smooth administrative functioning, review government guidelines for planning and processing for project approval, project monitoring & evaluation, logistical arrangement and documentation during Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting. He also reviews HR policies of the organization and suggests updates to maintain relevancy.

Gita Bhomi
Gita Bhomi
Library Officer

Ms. Gita Bhomi, an MBA graduate with 20+ years of organizational experience has supported the research team with data management, mapping, infographics and translation. She manages the office library and logistics.

Reyny Shrestha
Reyny Shrestha
Finance Associate

Ms. Reyny Shrestha holds Master’s degree in Business Studies. She has also completed the foundation level in Chartered Accountancy. She manages administrative and logistics functions including procurement, maintenance & housekeeping, stores, and logistics. She provides support to the finance and account department of the organization. She started her career with an audit firm as an intern for a year. She also served as an accountant for two years in a cooperative.

Chandra Chakradhar
Chandra Chakradhar
IT Officer

Mr. Chandra Chakradhar, IT consultant: Mr. Chakradhar has been working in the IT sector for the past 15 years. He brings innovation in web design with excellent skills on HTML, PHP, XML, ajax and Photoshop. He has effectively handled web project management and social media campaigning of ISET-Nepal and other organizations.

Bishnu Shrestha
Bishnu Shrestha
Administration Assistant

Mr. Bishnu Shrestha has been supporting field activities, administrative tasks and finance based activities related to tax/VAT and banking since 2006. A skillful, trusted and dependable vehicle operator, Mr. Shrestha is mainly responsible for providing transport support to the team members during field visits and has helped the team to reach the remote parts of the country.

Bharat Bahadur Subedi
Bharat Bahadur Subedi
Office Helper

Mr. Bharat Bahadur Subedi: Mr. Subedi has been looking after office security and gardening for almost ten years.

Laxmi Magar
Laxmi Magar
Kitchen Helper

Ms. Laxmi Magar: Ms. Magar is a support staff who is responsible for handling kitchen and office hygiene.