Dr Neelam Pradhananga has a long-standing interest in volunteering and improving communities around her. She believes in all individuals having an opportunity to flourish and reach a state of self-empowerment, and believes that Small Earth Australia can play an important role in accessing such opportunities. She has been actively involved in organizations such as Service Civil International Nepal, International Volunteers for Peace and Help Nepal Network. She led the conceptualisation, set up and development of two not-for-profit organisations in Sydney in 2009 – Sabdamala Nepalese Language School and Guthi Australia.
Dr Pradhananga has a doctorate from the University of Newcastle with a specialisation in heritage conservation, is currently working for local government and is pursuing a Master of Planning part-time at the University of New South Wales. The long periods of time she has spent in both Nepal and Australia has provided her an understanding of the strengths of developing countries such as Nepal. She is keen to work together with organisations in Nepal and abroad to capitalise on these strengths, and to work on areas that need improvement. She believes Small Earth Australia can help engage individuals to support small-scale projects in Nepal towards a more equitable future.
Akash Shakya has been helping non-profit organisations to build an impressive online presence. His knowledge in branding, social media and web 2.0 has helped organisations such as Sabdamala, SIFE-UNSW, FOSS Nepal, Everest Uncensored and KUOSC to reach out to its web community.
Akash completed his Master in Information Technology from the University of New South Wales specialising in software composite architecture for business to business modeling. Currently, he works as a project manager at ebPearls and has also started several small scale online businesses. However, His long terms goal is to utilize his skills to create “a smarter world”.
Alina Tamrakar is an environmental practitioner with proven knowledge and fieldwork experience in Australia and Nepal. She is experienced in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives to diverse stakeholders. Alina holds a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor in Environmental Science from St Xavier’s College, Nepal. Her interests include environmental education and sustainable behaviour.
Alina started her career in Sydney as a project officer at the Centre for Environment Education, Australia where she was involved in the Global Communities for Sustainability project – an interactive environmental education project between schools in Australia and India. She also has experienced working as a GIS technician. Alina is currently working as a sustainability officer for local government. Her current role focuses on implementing environmental projects to create awareness within diverse communities to help them live sustainable lives. Through community participation and pragmatism, Alina’s work aims at achieving behavioural change through knowledge sharing and action.
Experienced as a media coordinator, FM program presenter, writer and news reader, Sujeena Shakya has recently stepped into the field of development communication, an area which had always interested her. She believes media and communication can be an effective tool for social development through the empowerment of individuals and communities.
She is currently pursuing a master in mass communication and journalism at Kantipur City College. She is also working as a communication intern at ADRA Nepal, a humanitarian organization and is a volunteer at the Rotaract Club. She plans to continue her further education in international development/relations.
Payal Shakya is based in Sydney. She is currently a senior sales manager at Integrated Comms – Franchise of Yes Optus. As Miss Nepal 2004, Payal worked to promote campaigns such as save the rhinos, and conservation of wetlands as a conservation ambassador with WWF Nepal in 2004. She was also a good will ambassador for the Cancer Relief Society in 2004 and a conservation ambassador for Guthi Australia in 2011. Payal hopes to encourage youth in Australia and other countries to support communities in Nepal through Small Earth Australia’s programs in the education, environment and health sectors.
Scott Pelletier is a project management specialist demonstrating an expertise in strategic urban/regional planning and emergency/affordable shelter construction solutions. He has a Bachelor of Political Science and International Development Studies from Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish Nova Scotia and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. With over six years of development experience, Scott has a tremendous amount of experience working alongside non-governmental organizations, not for profit organizations, bilateral agencies and branches of domestic and foreign governments, working in both the private and public sector.
Scott specializes in the urbanisation phenomenon in underdeveloped regions and is currently acting as the International Program Officer for Habitat for Humanity Australia designing, implementing and managing holistic development projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. Scott has managed the construction of everything from small pedestrian pathways to multi-million dollar public infrastructure installations, and award winning commercial buildings. Scott also acts as a pro-bono policy and logistics/management consultant for not-for-profit organizations creating and assessing sustainable development initiatives. Through his work, he has been recognized through multiple community development awards and commendations.
Prakash Rasaily studied at Kathmandu University and has worked for the Chaudhary Group and Hyatt Regency in Nepal. Currently based in Sydney, Prakash is a professional accountant with a specialisation in marketing and taxation. He is professionally active in his Nepalese hard rock band – The Shadows Nepal since the mid nineties. Prakash works to promote local musicians through ‘bflat ent’, a platform for musicians in Australia. He is also a part-time session guitarist for artists and bands from Nepal who perform in Australia.
Prakash strongly believes that charity starts at home and is a registered blood donor with the Red Cross Australia, and has raised funds for Ama Ghar Children’s Home – a charity that focuses on providing education and a homely environment for orphans and disadvantaged children in Nepal. Prakash believes that with some love for Nepal, one can make a difference no matter where we are based around the world.
Dr Amit Bhattarai is currently based in Sydney. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney with a specialisation on ecological footprints and its application. His doctoral research investigated the relationship between culture, tradition and ecological footprints of different communities in Kathmandu, Nepal using a ‘bottom up’ ecological footprint analysis tool. Dr Bhattarai has a Bachelor in Architecture (India) and a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Hong Kong. He has a strong passion for the environment and believes in the importance of living sustainably.
Prabindra Shakya has a Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies from Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, South Korea. He possesses significant experience working with non-governmental organizations in project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for different capacity building, research and advocacy campaigns, with particular knowledge of strategizing and handling organizational information and communications system. He specializes in post-conflict human rights, and rights of indigenous peoples and minorities. Currently involved in the National Coalition against Racial Discrimination in Kathmandu, he has previously worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice Nepal office and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact in Thailand.
Mausam Guragain has completed a Bachelor of Public Health in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master of Health Services Management and Planning at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been actively involved in research projects with the Britain Nepal Medical Trust, the Nepal Health Sector Support Programme and the Nepal Public Health Foundation. He was also engaged as an education outreach coordinator for the Nepal Drug and Poison Information Centre, and with advocacy campaigns for a Rotaract club in Nepal. Mausam bring to Small Earth Australia his experience in project management, proposal writing, research activities, and analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. He has a strong passion for serving the community and is thrilled to be able to contribute towards small-scale projects whilst based in Sydney.
Rajat Sharma is based in Sydney and is currently pursuing a Masters of digital media at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. He has a Bachelor of design from the Raffles Design Institute in Singapore. Rajat was the creative head at a post-production house for 2 years in Singapore. He has also worked as a compositor at Incessant Rain Animation Studios in Nepal for a year as one of the team members of a US AID Nepal project on disaster risk reduction. He is currently a motion graphics/video editing freelancer. He has a passion for animation and strongly believes in using animation as a medium of bringing untold and inspiring stories from all around the world – fictional and non-fictional – into life.
Dhiraj Pradhananga is a PhD Scholar at the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He has a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in Meteorology from Tribhuvan University. He has been lecturing at the Department of Meteorology, Tribhuvan University since 1998 and worked for the Government of Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division as a meteorologist from 1995 to 1998. His research interests are the application of hydro-meteorological products and services for socio-economic benefits; climate change; glacier hydrology; climate, water and weather induced disasters; and sustainable lifestyles and technologies.
One of the significant achievements of his career has been the establishment of The Small Earth Nepal, where he currently serves as the president. Through The Small Earth Nepal, various campaigns and research projects on the environment, water and climate change have been undertaken. The Small Earth Nepal has now become a platform for students, teachers and scientists to deliberate, collaborate and innovate on sustainability, the environment and hydro-meteorology.
Dr Birochan Shrestha is currently based in Brisbane where he is pursuing a Master of Public Health at Griffith University. He has a Bachelor in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University. In Nepal, he worked as a vet and was also involved in research at the National Zoonoses and Food Hygiene Research Centre. He has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Queensland where he lead numerous research trials that focused on human and swine nutrition.
Punam Yadav is a PhD candidate and a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Punam comes from a development background. She has over a decade long experience working with different development agencies such as CARE International, Helvetas-Swiss Association for International Cooperation and CREHPA. Her PhD research is on ‘Approaching Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective’. She co-coordinates two Postgraduate units: Human Rights, Peace and Justice; and Gender and the Development of Peace, at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. She has also co-coordinated an undergraduate unit Race, Racism and Indigenous Australia at the Koori Centre. She has delivered several guest lectures for the Master of Human Rights and the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies programmes. She has won several prestigious awards and scholarships. Her research interest includes: Gender, peace and conflict, transitional justice, post conflict reconstruction, internal displacement and women’s reproductive health and rights.
Sudarshan Rajbhandari is the Vice President of The Small Earth Nepal and is currently serving as the office head in the same organization. He has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and is currently pursuing a Master in Rural Development. In 2012, he undertook a Project Planning and Management
course organized by the International School of Advanced Studies, Nepal and University of Pavia, Italy.
Sudarshan has more than fifteen years of teaching experience. As one of the founder members of The
Small Earth Nepal, Sudarshan has been actively involved in environmental programs such as Climate
for Life, a petition against climate injustice and SAARC Haveeru, a festival on coastal issues. Sudarshan
brings to Small Earth Australia his experience in writing proposals for development projects in the
environment and education sectors.
Nirajan Rai is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business with a major in marketing at Macquarie University in Sydney. Nirajan has extensive work experience in the retail, marketing, strategy implantation and e-commerce space. Having worked as a dry goods manager at one of Australia’s leading retailer – Coles supermarkets – for just over 6 years, he has acquired valuable skills and insight in retail management, logistics distribution, strategic alignment, sales management, recruitment and middle-tactical operations
One of Nirajan’s biggest passions is music. He is a successful co-songwriter/co-composer and a bass player for the band KOSHI. The band has gained popularity internationally in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil, Nepal, Asia Pacific, South America, Middle East and Eastern Europe with a debut album to be released in the fall of 2013. It is Nirajan’s belief that giving back to the community and helping the less-privileged is a ‘core’ responsibility as a global citizen. With this at heart, he has co-founded KOSHI Relief and has pledged to donate 80% of all revenue generated from Koshi’s debut album to the foundation. Nirajan comes to Small Earth Australia with this passion and his diverse skills set to support small-scale projects in Nepal.
Sanyukta Shrestha started his career as a web developer in Kathmandu during the late 90s. After graduating as a computer engineer in 2004, he lectured at several colleges, and produced multimedia content for broadcast and interactive media. After completing his Master of Science in multimedia systems from London Metropolitan University in 2006, he has been involved in sourcing multimedia content for broadcast media, mainly in the US, Europe and Australia. Since early 2010, he has been working as a games developer for the UK’s largest virtual platform for kids – ‘Binweevils’.
Sanyukta started ‘yantrakala’ – a Nepalese animation/interactive studio in 2007 with the core objective of preserving Nepalese art and cultural heritage through computer technology. He is associated with Pasa Puchah Guthi UK – a voluntary organisation dedicated to the preservation of Newah culture in the UK. He is also interested in Nepalese art, history and cultural studies, and frequently publishes critiques on related materials.
Anne Jones has more than 10 years experience as a human resources management generalist currently working in Adelaide, South Australia. She has worked in private and public organisations across a variety of industries. Her goal as an HR practitioner is to improve the quality of work life for all individuals everywhere, including Nepal. For the last few years she has spent part of the year working in Australia and part of each year working as a volunteer in Nepal, teaching English and providing HR consultancy services when requested.
Anne’s interest in volunteering and Nepal started with a visit to India in 2007 as a member of a Global Village Habitat for Humanity team followed by a visit to Nepal. Since then, the realisation that a small contribution by one volunteer can have a major positive impact on a whole community has seen her involved in various volunteer projects in Australia and Nepal. In 2012 while in Kathmandu, she facilitated HR workshops for organisations such as The Small Earth Nepal, and Ankur Saving & Credit Cooperative – a small group in Itahari which initiated the Keep Itahari Clean campaign. While in Kathmandu and being stranded during one of the 2012 strikes, Anne suggested that time could be better utilised for the betterment of the environment by forming small local groups to clean up their own community. Anne is thrilled that the idea has since evolved into an annual Clean up Nepal campaign.
Chandani Joshi is a dedicated and experienced public health professional with practical experience in the areas of research, project planning, monitoring and management. She is passionate about working for the rights of the disadvantaged people. She has worked for Children with Disability, promoting their rights to good-quality health care and helping them to live a dignified life maximizing their participation in their community. When in Nepal, she volunteered as a coordinator for various health camps on women’s health. She also has experience researching the health needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS. At present, she works as a Research Officer at the University of New South Wales, exploring the health and social needs of different disadvantaged groups of Australia, the Refugee population and the Indigenous people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. She is a graduate in Master of Public Health / Health Management from the University of New South Wales as an Australian Government Endeavour Postgraduate awardee. She did her Bachelor in Public Health from the Institute of Medicine, Nepal.
Ganesh Kumar KC is based in Kathmandu and is currently a freelance consultant. Ganesh has over 37 years of experience serving the Government of Nepal in various capacities including as the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Development, Government of Nepal. His career in Nepalese civil service began as a research entomologist at the Department of Agriculture, Nepal in 1970 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Rajasthan, India. He also has a Master in Pest Management from the University of California, USA. During his tenure in the Nepalese civil service, he focused on strengthening and developing technical backstopping support service programs to small farmers. His interest is to work on sustainable rural development with a focus on enhancement of agricultural production and productivity for attaining food security, rural employment and off-farm entrepreneurial activities. He is also interested in the impacts of climate change on agriculture, and sustainable livelihoods. He would like to work towards a clean, green and hunger free Nepal.
Devendra Man Shakya is based in Kathmandu and has a long standing commitment to serving the community through his commitment and exposure to several social clubs. Over the last 8 years, he has actively participated in programs organised by Rotaract clubs, Leo clubs and local clubs such as Pasa Pucha. Professionally, Deven has worked as a designer for Kantipur Publications, Pioneer Printers and was the publication head at Mohatsav Exhibitions. He has recently started him own company, Infografix since March 2012.
Bikesh Shrestha is based in Kathmandu and has a longstanding interest in working on environmental issues. He has been actively involved in cleaning, tree plantation and awareness raising on environmental issues. He is associated with Sanjivan, a not-for-profit company established in 1995. Some of the campaigns initiated by his group include Save Bagmati Campaign, 350 Nepal Campaign, Green Kathmandu Valley Campaign, and Albatross Anti Plastic Campaign. Bikesh is a management and accounting consultant by profession and also a motivational trainer.
Arati Khadgi is currently based in Kathmandu and is a Program Officer at Lumbini Environmental Service. She is an environmentalist, and her area of expertise is pollution management and environmental assessment. She holds a Master in Environmental Science from Kathmandu University. She is a gold medallist and was awarded the Nepal Bidhya Bhusan.
Amelia Maxwell is passionate about exploring multidisciplinary approaches to development, urban planning and poverty alleviation. Amelia holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) from the University of Sydney. As part of her Masters, Amelia worked with Opportunity International Australia spending time in India researching microfinance and its effectiveness as a development tool. Amelia has also spent extensive time researching development, human rights and environmental justice in Nepal. During her time at university, Amelia was awarded the Planning Institute of Australia award for most proficient student planner, the NSW Department of Planning Prize awarded to the highest achieving graduate and the Planning Research Centre Prize. Amelia now works as an analyst for Investment Management at Lend Lease. Her vision is to build platforms and mechanisms where companies, organisations, governments and individuals can collaborate, work towards common goals and build ideas for change.
Lipy Adhikari is currently based in Kathmandu and is working with ICIMOD, Nepal. She holds a Master in Environmental Science and her area of expertise is natural Resource Management. She has worked as a climate change program officer at Integrated Development Society Nepal. She is also a research associate for a Ministry led project, Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change in Key Sectors in Nepal.
Dolkar Gurung Dhamala is a registered nurse based in Adelaide, South Australia. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Ballarat, Victoria. Dolkar has always been passionate about social work and was part of the community awareness support team for two years at Saarathi Nepal and Recovering Voice as a volunteer nurse. Here in Australia, she is a member of the Lions club of Seaton, Adelaide since May 2011. She is involved in a project called ‘Back to School’ where stationary is provided to those Nepalese students in need. The project is being jointly organised by Pride Nepal and the Lions Club of Seaton.
Padam Shakya is currently based in Sydney. He has worked in the tourism industry in Nepal for over 15 years. Before coming to Australia in 1986, he held the position of General Manager at Kathmandu Guest House. Upon arrival in Australia, Padam established a handicraft business, Himalayan Heritage, that ran for 10 years. He was also associated with a number of tourism agencies that were linked to businesses in Nepal, and was responsible for briefing tourists about Nepalese culture before their departure. Padam is currently involved in a number of community based organisations. He is an advisor at Guthi Australia, Gurkha Nepalese Community and Non-Resident Nepali Association Australia. Padam’s prime motive for being involved in these organisations is to assist in building a sense of community amongst the Nepali diaspora, and also to assist with community development projects in Nepal.
Mom Bishwakarma is a development professional who is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Sydney with a focus on Federalism and Social Policy in Nepal. He has more than 8 years of project management and organizational development experience in his employment at UN agencies (UNDP, UNMIN, UNICEF) and NGOs of Nepal. He has significantly contributed to advance the socio-economic condition of disadvantaged community such as the dalits through leadership development, awareness building and local advocacy. He envisions an equitable society where each citizen can equally exercise their rights and feel ownership for the nation building process regardless of their status, caste or creed.
Amar Baidhya is currently based in Kathmandu. He is an architect by profession and is in the process of founding a new design and development company soon. He completed a Bachelor in Architecture from Khwopa Engineering College in 2007 and is currently pursuing an MBA (Entrepreneurship) at Kings College, affiliated to the International American University. Amar has gained a wide range of experience in reputed firms and projects including the first housing project of Bhutan. He is currently associated with a reputed construction company as the head architect. Amar also has a keen interest in local and social development projects, eco housing projects and promoting sustainable design systems.
Suraj Pradhan is a Sydney based chef working at Ripples, Chowder Bay. He is passionate about promoting Nepalese cuisine to the wider Nepalese and Australian community. He was awarded the NSW Tourism Minister Hospitality Student Achiever Award 2010. He is a regular food columnist in various Nepalese newspapers and magazines, a monthly guest speaker on SBS Nepali radio programme and is well known in Sydney for his work in promoting Nepalese food. He is planning to launch various food shows, events and projects with the theme ‘Love Nepal, Love Nepalese Food’. He has recently published Nepalese Cookbook, a collection of Nepalese recipes of restaurants in Australia. Suraj hopes to showcase his love for food by assisting Small Earth Australia in organising delicious menus for its fundraising events.
Shrochis Karki has been working on grassroots education issues for the last three years, and has founded Samaanta Foundation
as a response to his findings of inequality and education disparity in rural Nepal. The Foundation provides comprehensive fellowships to facilitate quality higher education for meritorious needy students from rural communities to promote a more empowered and equal society.
Shrochis first left Nepal to attend Kenyon College in Ohio. After majoring in Political Science and International Studies, he moved to the UK to complete his M. Phil. in Development Studies from Oxford University. He is now finishing his D. Phil. in International Development from the same university, and has just returned to the UK after a year of research in Nepal. Although he has lived abroad for his studies for many years now, he has remained engaged with issues in Nepal, academically and otherwise. Most recently, he wrote a fortnightly Op-Ed column in Republica throughout 2012, addressing contemporary social, political, and economic issues. His research interests include education, employment, mobility, social justice, and children and youth studies, and he has provided consultations to national and international organizations on these issues.
Sanam Dongol is based in Melbourne. She is the first Miss Nepal Australia 2008. She is also a goodwill ambassador for Sangati Nepal, and the Tran Himalayan environment and livelihood program. She was a judge for Mr and Miss Nepal Australia 2011 and is also actively involved in the Nepalese community in Melbourne.
Khyam Bishwakarma is a freelance development consultant, a researcher, an academic and a writer. As an Australian Leadership Award holder, he undertook a Master of Development Studies at the University of Sydney in 2010. Khyam is experienced in the field of social development with more than eight years experience advocating for basic human rights of the most marginalized people of Nepal such as Dalits and women, leading a media campaign against caste based discrimination, and contributing towards ensuring the reproductive health rights of Nepali women. He is currently a part-time faculty at the Central Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. Khyam writes on pertinent social issues particularly on the caste-system which are published in leading Nepali national dailies. He is also an executive member of the Association of Nepali Alumni from Australia.
Dilli Ram Dhakal is based in Sydney and is the editor-in-chief of the Nepali Times Australia. He is also a regular columnist for daily weekly and monthly newspapers of Nepal. He was previously involved with the Nepalese Australian Democratic Forum, Amnesty International, and the Human Rights and Peace Society Nepal. He is actively involved in the Nepalese community in Sydney.
Raju Shakya is based in Melbourne and is an IT consultant by profession. He is passionate about community work, event management, photography and travel. He has a very strong interest in the cultures and foods of the world. He has managed numerous events, including Nepal Festival 2008 and 2010 in Melbourne, and is currently running Solangture as a creative director.
Dr. Ajit Kumar Karna is a veterinarian from Nepal and undertook a Master in Public Health and Master of International Health as an AusAID Scholar at the University of New South Wales in 2011. He is currently a USAID PhD fellow in Epidemiology and Public Health at Purdue University, USA. Ajit has secured USAID grants and is also in the process of applying for grants to the National Science Foundation to explore novel pathogens and their evolution, and to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a project designed to improve child nutrition through goat milk feeding in Nepal.
Sandip Poudel is from Itahari Sunsari. He has a Master of Business Studies from Tribhuvan University and is currently working for Habitat for Humanity Nepal. Through his work at a variety of NGOs over the past 8 years, Sandip has significant experience in community mobilization, women empowerment, income generation activities, volunteer management, disaster response (shelter) and liaison with partner organizations and government agencies.
Sandip has keen interest in the positive transformation of the Nepalese community through innovative ideas and linkages with like-minded people throughout the world. He is one of the designers and founders of Keep Itahari Clean – a group of youth in Itahari – dedicated to make Itahari clean, green and beautiful. Keep Itahari Clean is Small Earth Australia’s first local partner for the Clean up Nepal 2013 Campaign.
Susmita Maskey, a climber, motivational speaker, film maker, artist, educationist, and a postgraduate in English Literature has been climbing for ten years, breaking barriers in the male dominant field of mountaineering. Despite her petit and fragile looking features, she has testified human courage and endurance through her leadership skills in three different Everest expeditions in years 2005, 2008 and 2011. Susmita is climbing all Seven Summits in 2013 and 2014 and is set to become the first Nepali woman to do so. Along with Everest, the highest in Asia, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Mera Peak and a few more popular peaks in Nepal, she has climbed the highest mountain in Europe, Africa and Australia. In 2010, Susmita started a climbing project called Climbing for and with kids
, an interactive wall climbing and outdoor sports project aimed at reviving the confidence of children aged 2-16 years from various shelter homes and rehabilitation centers in a constructive manner. This has now received continuity through Climbing with Susmita 2013
, a program of her NGO Khudkilo
, which aims to build healthy and responsible youth. Susmita is a MDG3 (Millennium Development Goal) torchbearer, Nawadevi Award recipient, participant of the International Visitors Leadership Program, a Peace Ambassador, and a Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
Dila Kharel is currently based in Sydney. He is the founder of the Youth Club Chitwan and was the director of international service at the Rotaract Club of Bharatpur (2007-2009). He is a member of Help Nepal Network Sydney and successfully coordinated the Help Nepal Network Mega Charity event in Australia and New Zealand in 2013. He has undertaken many projects through his active involvement with NRNA Australia since 2006. He is an accountant and financial planner, and runs his own business.
CLEAN UP NEPAL PROGRAM OFFICERS
Anukampa Bista completed a Bachelor in Environmental Science from Kathmandu University in 2012 with the highest score in her batch. She was involved with the Ministry of Local Development, Government of Nepal and School of Science at Kathmandu University, as a team leader in the “IEE monitoring of environmental impacts due to sand and gravel extraction in Nawalparasi”. She has also worked at Himalayan Climate Initiative as an intern under Climate Adapt. She aims to make a contribution to the social, environmental and economic sectors, and is keen to be a part of the planning and delivery of Clean up Nepal 2013.
Shirish Bajracharya is in the final year of a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Kathmandu University. He was a team leader in the third party Initial Environmental Examination Monitoring of sand, gravel and boulder extraction from five rivers (Bagmati, Banke, Lakhandehi, Phuljor and Kalinjor rivers) of Sarlahi district, Nepal conducted jointly by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Kathmandu University. Shirish was an executive member of the Nature and Social Concern Society at Kathmandu University in 2009 and is currently engaged as a general member. He was a founder member of the Alliance for Research and Cooperation Nepal, and worked as a volunteer in the Youth Solidarity Festival organized by Kathmandu University. Shirish is excited about being part of Clean up Nepal 2013 and aims to make a significant contribution towards this movement.