Executive Board

  • Bhuwon Ratna Sthapit

    Bhuwon Sthapit has a PhD in Plant Biology in the genetics of cold tolerance in rice from the University of North Wales, UK and an MSc in Tropical Crop Production from the University of Reading, England. He has worked as a Senior Plant Breeder for Lumle Agricultural Research Centre and Nepal Agricultural Research Council and as the Programme Director of LI-BIRD. Since 1997, he has been working as in situ conservation specialist at Bioversity International. His key professional interests include community-based biodiversity management, participatory plant breeding, home gardens, tropical fruits and conservation and use. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles.

  • Balaram Thapa
    Board Secretary

    Balaram Thapa holds a PhD in indigenous ecological knowledge and an MSc in environmental forestry from the University of Wales, UK. He has worked for Koshi Hill Area Rural Development Programme as a Natural Resources Management Officer; as the Head of Forestry and Pasture Division at Pakhribas Agricultural Research Centre; as the Assistant Country Director at CARE International in Nepal; as the Director of Programmes at CARE International in Tanzania; and most recently as the Country Representative at CARE International in Liberia. Dr. Thapa comes from a strong multidisciplinary background with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning; project design; providing oversight to complex programming issues including management of a variety of sectoral and multi-sectoral projects and programmes funded by a variety of donors; organizational change management; and the management of multi-culture and multi-disciplinary team. He is currently the Executive Director of LI-BIRD.

  • Rabin Bogati

    Rabin Bogati holds an MSc in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona, USA. He is currently working as the Climate Change, Watershed Management and Farming Systems Expert in the formulation of a long-term Master Plan for Chure Conservation under the “Rastrapati Chure Conservation Programme,” Government of Nepal's National Pride programme. Mr Bogati has contributed as Deputy Leader and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Expert in Asian Development Bank PPTA on Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions. He has contributed in policy and institutional analysis for Climate Change Public Expenditure and Institutional Review for the Government of Nepal and the UNDP. He has wide experience in climate smart watershed management planning, disaster risk management, climate vulnerability and capacity assessment in natural management for poverty reduction, water induced disaster risk reduction and management and emergency preparedness, Churia area natural resource planning and management, strategic planning, resource planning and coordination, and policy feedback, and REDD/carbon financing mechanism; as well as over 30 years of professional experience in different capacities as planner and manager in the Government (Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Department of Watersheds Management) and International development agencies.

  • Krishna Dev Joshi

    Krishna Dev Joshi got his PhD in agriculture from the University of Wales in Bangor, UK and his MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is engaged in managing a number of biodiversity, climate change and natural resource management projects in Nepal, Bangladesh and India that are addressing participatory technology development and improving rural poor livelihoods. Dr. Joshi has also contributed to the release of six rice varieties developed using participatory client oriented breeding and has experience in policy engagement and dialogue on seed regulatory framworks, variety release procedures and participatory scaling up of successful approaches and models.

  • Sharmila Shrestha

    Sharmila Shrestha has a BSc degree in Agriculture from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and is a Founder Member of LI-BIRD. She has worked with government and non-governmental organizations conducting social surveys and designing, monitoring and evaluation of community development projects. She is currently engaged in social welfare in Pokhara through the Samarpan Lions' Club.

  • Krishna Prasad Baral

    Krishna Prasad Baral is a retired Senior Agriculture Development Officer from the Government of Nepal's Department of Agricuture. Currently, he is working as the President of NGO Federation of Kaski District. He has an extensive network in government and non-government sectors, he is equiped with vast experience in policy advocacy/lobbying.

  • Deepak Rijal
    Vice Chairperson

    Deepak Rijal holds a PhD in International Environment and Development Studies and an MSc in Agricultural environment and Development from the University of Life Sciences, Norway and University of East Anglia, UK respectively. Dr Rjjal worked for the Government of Nepal as an Agronomist and Plant Breeder; as the Seed Development Officer at Koshi Hills Agriculture Program, as the On-Farm Agronomist at the Pakhribas Agricultural Research Centre and as the Program Officer at LI-BIRD, Dr. Rijal worked as Science Laboratory Manager/Technician @ Reading Girls' School, UK, as National Facilitator on National Adaptation Program of Action, Climate Adaptation Design and Piloting Project and Nepal Climate Change Support Program and Developing Local Scale Adaption Planning of the Government of Nepal. Dr. Rijal was heavily engaged in national level strategy and program designing especially climate change, low carbon economic development pathways, National Strategy development on volunteerism, Review of Human Resources Development Strategy of the Ministry of Forest, capacity building, design and development of training of Trainers' Manual development for the USAID Hariyo Ban Program, Nepal Climate Change Support Program, Pilot Project on Climate Resilient. He comes from a strong multidisciplinary background with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning; project design; and the management of multi-culture and multi-disciplinary team. He is currently affiliated with DAI Inc. and also heads a Nepali Company called Adaptation Group of Nepal, AGON Nepal.

  • Meeta Sainju Pradhan

    Meeta Sainju Pradhan holds an PhD (Social Demography, Sociology) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She comes from a strong multidisciplinary background with over 20 years of experience in designing and managing multi-sectoral development programs in Nepal with a focus on gender equality and social inclusion. Extensive and successful fund raising experiences with a variety of donors through program development, and donor and other stakeholder networking in programs related to forestry, health, watershed management, enterprise development, with gender, good governance and institutional capacity building as cross cutting issues. Experiences in strategic planning, thematic strategy development (organizational, gender and diversity, remote areas, health, etc.). Experiences in managing (as a senior staff) and advising (as a Board Member) on human resource and financial management of programs and organizations. Experiences of working with and managing multi-disciplinary and diverse team. Experiences in social research on issues related to social change, community development, gender equality and social inclusion, migration, etc. leading to peer reviewed publications. Worked in Makalu Barun National Park, UNICEF, Care International in Nepal (Program Development Coordinator and Project Coordinator) and as an Independent Researcher/Consultant.

  • Ramekwal Prasad Yadav

    Ramekwal Prasad Yadav is innovative leader farmer from Kachorwa village in Bara district highly recognized nationally for his demonstrated leadership in managing Biodiversity Conservation and Development Committee (BCDC) and Community Seed Bank (CSB) for promoting seed exchange and agrobiodiversity conservation; Expertise in farmers’ rights and policy advocacy on right-based issues mainly focusing on agrobiodiversity conservation, management and benefit sharing; Extensive experience in farmer research/ innovation in developing farmer-friendly rural technologies including Participatory Plant Breeding; Biodiversity resource farmer providing expert knowledge/ training, seeds and planting materials related information to other farmers; Currently, the Secretary of Agriculture Development and National Farmer Association advocating on Farmer’s Rights; Experience of representing various national and international policy forums and farmer-to farmer sharing and learning mission in various countries.

  • Abishkar Subedi

    Abishkar Subedi holds a PhD in Botany, Leiden University, The Netherlands and an M.Sc. in Botany, Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Botany, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has worked as Advisor at Community Biodiversity Management and Resilience project implemented by LI-BIRD in Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Benin, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe; as the Programme Officer, South Asia Regional Programme Coordinator, Programme director at LI-BIRD, Nepal. He is currently working as the Course coordinator at International training course on ‘Contemporary approaches in genetic resources conservation and use’, a NUFFIC funded course, yearly organised in Wageningen, The Netherlands; as the Course coordinator at International training course on ‘Plant genetic resources management and seed’, a NUFFIC funded course, yearly organised in India with partnership of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India; as the Senior advisor at designing and implementation of Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) programmes in Africa and Asia.

  • Ramkali Khadka

    Ramkali Khadka is (originally from Humla) is renowned handicraft entrepreneur. Currently, she leads Women Skill Development Organization (WSDO) which is one of the big organization in Pokhara in fair trade. Through the Women Skill Development Saving and Credit Co-operative, WSDO has been able to provide employment opportunities to almost 1200 women mostly from disadvantaged and marginalized groups. Besides, Ms. Khadka brings the experience of working in government service for a long duration as women development worker.

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