Executive Board

  • Deepak Kumar Rijal

    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 Agronomist and Plant Breeder; as Seed Development Officer at Koshi Hills Agriculture Program, as On-Farm Agronomist at the Pakhribas Agricultural Research Centre and as Programme Officer at LI-BIRD. Dr. Rijal worked as Science Laboratory Manager/Technician at 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 programme designing especially on 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
    Vice Chairperson

    Meeta Sainju Pradhan holds a 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 programmes in Nepal with a focus on gender equality and social inclusion. She has extensive and successful fund raising experiences with a variety of donors through programme development, and donor and other stakeholder networking in programmes related to forestry, health, watershed management, enterprise development, gender, good governance and institutional capacity building as cross cutting issues. She also has experiences in strategic planning, thematic strategy development (organizational, gender and diversity, remote areas, health, etc.). She has experiences in managing (as a senior staff) and advising (as a Board Member) on human resource and financial management of programmes and organizations, working with and managing multi-disciplinary and diverse team, and social research on issues related to social change, community development, gender equality and social inclusion, migration, etc. leading to peer reviewed publications. She had worked in Makalu Barun National Park, UNICEF, Care International in Nepal (Program Development Coordinator and Project Coordinator), and as an Independent Researcher/Consultant.

  • Ramkali Khadka

    Ramkali Khadka, originally from Humla, is a renowned handicraft entrepreneur. Currently, she leads Women Skill Development Organization (WSDO) which is one of the biggest organizations in Pokhara for fair trade. Through the Women Skill Development Saving and Credit Co-operative, WSDO has been able to provide employment opportunities to almost 1,200 women mostly from disadvantaged and marginalized groups. Besides, Ms. Khadka brings experience of working as a women development worker in government service for a long duration.

  • Beni Bahadur Basnet

    Mr. Basnet holds a Master’s degree in Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Nepal. He worked as Regional Director in Regional Directorate, Pokhara, and Senior Agriculture Development Officer in Mustang, Baglung and Kaski districts. Serving in the various posts of the Government of Nepal, he worked in livelihood support programmes, agriculture biodiversity and environmental conservation activities, policy preparation and implementation guidelines preparation, project formulation, etc.

  • Binod Bhatta

    Dr. Bhatta holds a PhD in Forestry and MSc in Social Forestry from University of the Philippines, Philippines. He has 33 years of professional experience in the field of Forestry, Environment/Climate Change and Development. Besides, he has been closely working with development projects and civil societies since 1996. Moreover, his expertise includes Project Development/Design, Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategy Development and Strategic Planning, and facilitation/moderation of workshops and meetings: he had carried out several short term and long term assignments related to these term aspects. Recently he has completed preparation of Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation and Management Master Plan for Government of Nepal as the Team Leader. He has also been involved in developing Forestry Sector Strategy 2013-2022 for Government of Nepal, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation.

  • Lekhnath Dhakal

    Mr Dhakal represents the ‘farmer’s community’ in LI-BIRD’s Executive Board. He has led Rupa Lake Restoration and Fisheries Cooperatives, Kaski. He has contributed significantly to the operationalization of Payment of Ecosystem Services. During his more than 25 years of community work, he has contributed to cooperative development, biodiversity conservation through the utilization of natural resources.

  • Rajya Shree Sthapit

    Ms Sthapit represents ‘Founder Member’ in LI-BIRD’s Executive Board. She has been associated with LI-BIRD since the establishment. Ms Sthapit has provided support on farmers award provided by LI-BIRD and contributed for the recognition of innovative farmers contributing to agrobiodiversity conservation.

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