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Mr. Yubaraj Satyal


Mr.Yubaraj Satyal has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University.He has five years of experience in environmental awareness and advocacy and also worked as programme officer in the project ENVIRON VISION funded by UNDP/GEF/SGP. Since 2005 he is executive member of Youth Network for Social and Environmental Development. He has five years of experience in the environmental and social research. He has worked with the Ministry of Environment, GoN for a short term research in 2009.  Currently he is research associate in Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-N) in the field of climate change and food security. He believes in scientific research with good skill of data generation, analysis and interpretation.

He is familiar with the data analysis and interpretation in Excel, SPSS and GIS. Besides, he has great experience of writing book reviews, article in newspaper, journal and magazine.

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Mr. Kamal Thapa

KAMAL THAPA. Researcher, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-N) and Secretary, Youth Network for Social and Environmental Development (YONSED). Mr. Thapa is currently working as GIS analyst and climate researcher in “Understanding the cross-scale implications of forest and water management for adaptation-mitigation and food security in the Nepal Himalaya” project funded by IDRC, Canada at ISET-N. He was involved on making Local Adaptation Plan of Action prepared by Ministry of Environment, Nepal in coordination with DFID (Department of International Development, UK) and partner NGOs.  At Tribhuvan University he received training on Geographical Information System and advanced training on it from Bristol Institute, Kathmandu.  

His professional focuses on issues of changing social and environmental context prominently on the emerging challenges to manage resources for sustainable development due to global climate change. He has published articles book reviews on different national newspapers and magazines. 

Dr. Bashanta Raj Adhikari

Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari was born in 1980 at Kaski district, Nepal. Dr. Adhikari has received his Masters’ degree in geology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal ; Ph.D degree from Department of Geodynamics and Sedimentology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Currently, he is working as an assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Pulchowk, Tribhuvan University. His main interests are in engineering geology, geotechenical engineering, sedimentology, climate change, GIS and environmental geology. He has published many papers in national and international peer reviewed journals. He is involving in different hydropower projects in Nepal as a consultant geologist.

Ms. Sumnima Shrestha

Sumnima Shrestha, the Chair of EPTRI has more than five years’ working experience in resources mobilization, fundraising, project design, project cycle management, research, advocacy in sexual and reproductive health, environment and climate change, youth capacity building and empowerment, and entrepreneurship. She is currently working at the Britain Nepal Medical Trust as the Advocacy, Networking and Resources Mobilization Manager. Previously, she has worked as the Project Officer at DISVI International Cooperation for four years, where she leveraged the capacity of Nepalese NGOs in fundraising/resources mobilization and advocacy. She has worked for several projects in Youth Network for Social and Environmental Development (YONSED) as the Project Coordinator, Researcher and Training Facilitator. She has also worked as the Consultant and Resource Person for many organizations including WWF Nepal. She is also teaching at Central Department of Environmental Sciences (CDES), Tribhuvan University (TU) as the Part-time Lecturer. She is the Founder and Executive Member at YONSED, the Founder Member at Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) of Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) and Board of Director at many business organizations.

Ms. Shrestha has been honored with awards like “Nepal Vidya Bhushan” from the President of Nepal, “Padmaraj Padak” from the Prime Minister of Nepal and “A-one Excellency Award” for scoring the highest marks in Institute of Science and Technology of Tribhuvan University in Masters (M.Sc.) Degree. She has been the “Collegiate Ambassador for Peace” of Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and World Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (World-CARP) and “Global Youth Action Net Fellow” of the International Youth Foundation (IYF). She has Master’s degree (distinction, batch topper) in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University (TU) in Nepal.

Mr. Martin Punaks

Martin Punaks has twelve years’ experience of working in programme management, organisational development, fundraising and advocacy.  He has lived in the UK, India and Nepal, and has worked for the UK Charity Commission, Charities Evaluation Services and Bachpan Bachao Andolan.  He is currently the Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at Backward Society Education (BASE) in Kathmandu.  Martin is an experienced and professional trainer who previously ran a UK national programme to build the capacity of other NGO trainers.   He uses a highly interactive approach to his training as he believes that this is the most successful method of supporting people to learn.  His training sessions are always fun, thought-provoking and effective.  Martin also has an MA (Distinction) in the Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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