Board of Directors 2017/18


Board of Directors 2017/18


Arjun Kumar Khadka, President

Mr. Arjun Kumar Khadka, has worked in government service more than two decades at the various Ministries of Government of Nepal. He has been involved in legal work involving Municipal and International Law, also experienced in legal drafting, public administration and public policy. He also had served in an International Organization under the United Nations Mission in Liberia and Sudan as United Nations Volunteers, and had worked as Training/ Public Outreach Officer especially involved on civic education and public awareness program. Currently, he has been working as Legal Advisor at the Legislative-Parliament, Nepal

In addition, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and another in Education. He then obtained his Master Degree in Law (LLM) from Purba Anchal University, Nepal and Master Degree in Political Science (MA), and Master Degree in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He also earned a Post Graduate Diploma from Institute of Social Studies, the Hague and Post -Graduate Diploma on the Land Management and Informal Settlements Regularization Program from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam. He then earned Master Degree in Public Administration, from National University of Singapore.  He enjoys reading, travelling, adventures and getting to know people of different culture and tradition. His motto in life is to serve the needy. Moreover, he has been serving directly and indirectly in many social organization, and in present he is serving as  President of NAAN.


Pashupati Nath Koirala, Immediate Past President

Mr. Pashupati Nath Koirala is a professional forester. He holds double Master’s Degree from Wageningen University, The Netherlands in Forest and Nature Conservation and Sociology from Tribhuvan University. He can be reached via


Saurav Dhakal, Vice- president

Mr. Saurav Dhakal is a story teller. He has good experience on making story and presentation. He is focused on promoting storytelling approach to cater positive change on people’s life by using new media tools/technology. He has trained from RNTC on Internet for Journalist 2007. He can be reached via


Mimu Raghubanshi, Secretary

Ms. Mimu Raghubanshi is a development professional with over thirteen years of experience in program implementation, financial literacy training and research. Her main areas of contribution are in microfinance, cooperatives, self-help groups, women-gender and social inclusion, human rights and project management. She has exposure to international organization in regards to cooperatives, microfinance institutions in Bangladesh and India. She has professional experience on program management and implementation of international organization in developing country setting as well as in national and international NGOs and the private sector.  Currently she works for Good Return. Good Return is an initiative of World Education Australia, an Australian Aid Accredited agency.

She is equipped with double Masters: Business Studies (Tribhuwan University, Nepal) and Development Studies- Social Justice Perspectives, with specialization in women and gender studies (Erasmus University,The Netherlands). She has membership in different professional networks such as  the Netherlands Alumni Association (NAAN), the Alumni of Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN). She can be reached via


Ramesh Paudyal, Treasurer

Mr. Ramesh Paudyal has been working in the development sectors in Nepal since one and half decades. He runs a development consultancy as sole enterprise from which he has involved in different community development activities in Nepal. He has Master’s degree in Sociology (2008) and Political Science (2016) from the Tribhuvan University. In addition he has a Master degree in Management of Development (2012) from the Van Hall Larenstein, part of Wageningen University, Wageningen, in the Netherlands. He has joined a short course on Project Cycle Management (2008) in Maastricht School of Management (MSM), the Netherlands and a refresher course on Sustainable Marketing (2016) in Kathmandu, organised by the MSM.


He has a life membership from the Netherlands Alumni Association of Nepal (NAAN). He is also a member of BibekSheel Nepali Party since 2013, the party claimed to cater an alternative approaches to ‘clean’ the Nepalese politics and society. He can be reached via email:


Pabitra Raut, Joint-secretary

Ms. Pabitra Raut is a practicing lawyer as well as part-time faculty of Nepal Law  Campus. She teaches Media Law. She used to work for Media. She had experienced in both Electronic and Print Media. As a lawyer, she also advocates for gender rights and other social problem with different National Government Organizations which are working on Public Interest Litigation. She has done short course of Radio Netherlands Training Center (RNTC) in Hilversum, Netherlands. She joined 12 months broadcasting training in 2008. She also participated in two refresher courses of RNTC, in 2012 (Philippines) and 2015 (Sri Lanka).


Manohara Khadka, PhD (Ms), Member


Dr. Manohara Khadka is a natural resource management and gender/social inclusion expert dedicated to transformational development. She brings experience and expertise from the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, including Nepal. She has a PhD in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam), the Netherlands and an MSc in Natural Resources Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. She has served the government and international development agencies in various capacities. For the past 20 years, she has been engaged in programmatic, policy and research in the field of forestry, water, biodiversity and climate change with a focus on gender, institutions/governance and livelihoods. Currently she works for the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal providing technical expertise in gender, social inclusion, and natural resource management. Prior to this, she worked for International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as natural resource management and gender specialist. She has done research in community forestry, biodiversity conservation, pastoral livelihoods, REDD+, climate change adaptation and water resource management planning from policy, gender, governance and development perspectives. She has membership with different professional networks such as Women Leading for Change in Natural Resource Management, Nepal (WLCN), Forum of Natural Resource Managers in Nepal (FONAREM), the Netherlands Alumni Association (NAAN), the Alumni of Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Nepal’s Foresters Association (NFA). She can be reached via


Bishnu Ghimire, Member


Mr. Bishnu P Ghimire is Under Secretary at Ministry of General Administration (Nepal). Before joining to the Nepalese civil service in 2005, he worked eleven years in Agricultural Development Bank (ADBL), Nepal. He holds a Master`s Degree in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a MBA degree from Maastricht School of Management (MSM), Maastricht (The Netherlands). Bishnu Has published more than ten articles including Tension Management, Contributory Pension Management (Prashasan), e-Government (Prashasan), Promotion Management and Performance Evaluation System, Public Engagement in Policy Process (Civil Service Journal). Bishnu has also engaged in delivering lectures for different training programs.


Sudeep Bahadur Singh, Member

Mr. Sudeep Bahadur Singh is a project management specialist. He is equipped with double masters; Anthropology (Nepal) and Development Studies- Human Rights, Gender, Conflict studies; with specialization in Poverty Studies (The Netherlands). He has more than twenty years of work experience, through various executive and advisory roles, in development sector. He has worked up to the level of Executive Director, Team Leader, Vice President and Chief Coordinator of national and international developing agencies since 1989. He possesses strong negotiation skills and has always managed his team by working synergistically and collectively to produce remarkable results. He has proven ability in capacity building with focus on increase in sustainable livelihood opportunities of the disadvantaged, especially women and conflict victims; by sensitizing on social safety nets and capacity building of civil society organizations at grassroots to national level. He has led multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in complex situation and demanding environments. Moreover, he believes in gender equality and social inclusion; with good governance and sustainability as the backbone for development and corruption as an obstacle for fighting poverty.

Furthermore, he is the designated Ambassador for International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Nepal; and he is a dynamic Squash player, a veteran’s champion; who represented Nepal in the 2010 South Asian Games.