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Bikash Thapa, Development Practioner , Nepal

Bikash Thapa is an executive board member of Initiatives of Change Nepal and the CEO of the private consulting firm Coalition for Training Research and Development. He has over 16 years of experience working in the field of development. He is a dedicated professional with a wide range of skills, with competence in GESI Policy Development, child protection, conflict resolution, building trust, team dynamics, and adolescent development. His prior roles included GESI Consultant at the Gandaki Provincial Training Academy, an autonomous organization that builds capacity on behalf of the Gandaki Province Government in Nepal, SOPAN, Youth's UNESCO Club, and Restless Development. He is graduate in MBGPH from American University of Sovereign Nations.

Many organizations in South Asia have recognized Bikash's efforts, and he is honored with the title of International Youth Peace Ambassador from organizations like the Eubios Ethics Institute and the American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN). His influence can be seen all over the world in the effective leadership he has shown in a number of training sessions, workshops, and conferences, such as the Global Youth Forum, UNESCO Youths Peace Festival, International Youth Peace Ambassador Workshops, and International Youth Peace Camp. These events have solidified him as a major force behind meaningful change in Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and India.

Kishor Kumar Thapa Psychologist(clinical) ,Nepal

Kishor Kumar Thapa, a experienced psychologist (clinical) with extensive experience in psycho-social health and community development, holds key roles as the Founder at CTRaDe, Course Lead of the Six Months Psychosocial Counseling Training, and Director at Shubha Jeewan Hospital Pvt. Ltd. With a significant impact in projects such as "Psychosocial Capacity Building" at the Centre for Victims of Torture (CVICT), Nepal, where he served as a Multi-District Coordinator, Kishor's expertise includes training health workers on psycho-social health and developing related manuals. His commitment to humanitarian efforts is evident in roles as a Trainer/Supervisor for projects supporting marginalized communities, such as earthquake survivors and released child soldiers. Serving as a Training Coordinator at various agencues showcases his proficiency in facilitating in-house and outdoor training for national and international organizations. Beyond his professional journey, Kishor has contributed actively to the field through publications, technical support, and manual development, underscoring his dedication to advancing psycho-social well-being. Having traveled to India, Bangladesh, and Japan, he has represented as a speaker and facilitator in psychology-related conferences and workshops, delivering over 1000 trainings and developing more than 100 training manuals throughout his career.

Kishor Kumar Thapa Psychologist(clinical) ,Nepal

Kishor Kumar Thapa, a experienced psychologist (clinical) with extensive experience in psycho-social health and community development, holds key roles as the Founder at CTRaDe, Course Lead of the Six Months Psychosocial Counseling Training, and Director at Shubha Jeewan Hospital Pvt. Ltd. With a significant impact in projects such as "Psychosocial Capacity Building" at the Centre for Victims of Torture (CVICT), Nepal, where he served as a Multi-District Coordinator, Kishor's expertise includes training health workers on psycho-social health and developing related manuals. His commitment to humanitarian efforts is evident in roles as a Trainer/Supervisor for projects supporting marginalized communities, such as earthquake survivors and released child soldiers. Serving as a Training Coordinator at various agencues showcases his proficiency in facilitating in-house and outdoor training for national and international organizations. Beyond his professional journey, Kishor has contributed actively to the field through publications, technical support, and manual development, underscoring his dedication to advancing psycho-social well-being. Having traveled to India, Bangladesh, and Japan, he has represented as a speaker and facilitator in psychology-related conferences and workshops, delivering over 1000 trainings and developing more than 100 training manuals throughout his career.

Kamal Kandel, Peace Practioner and Researcher ,Nepal

Kamal Kandel, the General Secretary of Initiatives of Change Nepal, is a distinguished expert team at the Coalition for Training Research and Development. With extensive experience in research, coordination, and program management, Kamal brings a seasoned professionalism to his roles. His career spans diverse positions, from serving as a Research Assistant at the University of Oslo and a role as Coordinator for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development in Sri Lanka. Kamal is dedicated to community service and advancing societal well-being.Holding a Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Transformation, he possesses a profound understanding of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation.

Chiranjeevi Bhandari ,Assistant Professor,TU,Nepal

Chiranjeevi Bhandari, an Assistant Professor of Conflict, Peace, and Development Studies at Tribhuvan University, brings nearly 15 years of expertise in peacebuilding. As an accomplished academic and practitioner specializing in mediation, facilitation, and dialogue, he conducts comprehensive training programs for a diverse range of stakeholders, including civil society, security forces, government agencies, political party leaders, parliamentarians, bilateral organizations, and UN agencies. His advisory roles extend to prominent peacebuilding organizations in Nepal, such as Peace Education Network Nepal (PENN) and Initiative of Change Nepal. With a primary focus on the Supervision, Integration Rehabilitation, and Social Reintegration of Maoist Army Combatants in Nepal, Chiranjeevi leverages his extensive experience gained through participation in renowned conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs worldwide. His areas of expertise encompass social cohesion, inclusive peace process design, conflict transformation, mediation, dialogue, DDR and SSR, human security, national security, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Voluntary National Review Process.

Chiranjeevi Bhandari ,Assistant Professor,TU,Nepal

Chiranjeevi Bhandari, an Assistant Professor of Conflict, Peace, and Development Studies at Tribhuvan University, brings nearly 15 years of expertise in peacebuilding. As an accomplished academic and practitioner specializing in mediation, facilitation, and dialogue, he conducts comprehensive training programs for a diverse range of stakeholders, including civil society, security forces, government agencies, political party leaders, parliamentarians, bilateral organizations, and UN agencies. His advisory roles extend to prominent peacebuilding organizations in Nepal, such as Peace Education Network Nepal (PENN) and Initiative of Change Nepal. With a primary focus on the Supervision, Integration Rehabilitation, and Social Reintegration of Maoist Army Combatants in Nepal, Chiranjeevi leverages his extensive experience gained through participation in renowned conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs worldwide. His areas of expertise encompass social cohesion, inclusive peace process design, conflict transformation, mediation, dialogue, DDR and SSR, human security, national security, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Voluntary National Review Process.

Sarita Dahal, Sociologist and GESI Expert, Nepal

Sarita Dahal, a highly skilled sociologist with a Master's degree and a 25-year career, specializes in Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), demonstrating notable proficiency in various sectors, including I/NGOs, the UN, and provincial governments in Nepal. Her expertise encompasses policy development, review processes, and the strategic design of impactful training programs. Adept in efficient project management, Sarita has played a key role in shaping initiatives that address critical social issues. Her unwavering commitment to advancing GESI positions her as a trailblazer in Sociology, leaving a lasting impact on social transformation. Additionally, her extensive international travels as a speaker and organizational representative further highlight her influential presence in the field.

Qaiser Shahzad, Social Activist ,Pakistan

Qaiser Shahzad, a Mass Communication graduate and dedicated social activist from Karachi, brings a wealth of experience and passion to the field of education and social impact. With a strong foundation built during his academic journey, Qaiser's commitment to public service and youth empowerment has defined his career.

In 2010, Qaiser commenced his journey in public service by joining the National Youth Parliament of Pakistan, where he served as the Minister for Information Technology and Inter-Provincial Coordinator. His dedication to youth empowerment later led him to take on the role of Director of Events Coordination for the International Youth Congress (IYC) in the United States. Subsequently, he was promoted to the position of Director of Registry within the International Youth Congress (IYC).He also serves a expert in Coalition for Training Research and Development

Qaiser Shahzad, Social Activist ,Pakistan

Qaiser Shahzad, a Mass Communication graduate and dedicated social activist from Karachi, brings a wealth of experience and passion to the field of education and social impact. With a strong foundation built during his academic journey, Qaiser's commitment to public service and youth empowerment has defined his career.

In 2010, Qaiser commenced his journey in public service by joining the National Youth Parliament of Pakistan, where he served as the Minister for Information Technology and Inter-Provincial Coordinator. His dedication to youth empowerment later led him to take on the role of Director of Events Coordination for the International Youth Congress (IYC) in the United States. Subsequently, he was promoted to the position of Director of Registry within the International Youth Congress (IYC).He also serves a expert in Coalition for Training Research and Development

Bina Silwal ,Program Manager and Psychosocial Counslor

Bina Silwal, a dedicated Psychosocial Counselor and Program Manager at the Coalition for Training Research and Development Pvt Ltd (CTRaDe) brings over five years of experience in the development sector. Specializing in training delivery covering basic life skills, leadership, psychosocial care, and child protection, Bina excels in designing and facilitating training curricula, emphasizing positive discipline and anti-corporal methods for a supportive learning environment. With a strong background in program coordination and implementation, Bina actively contributes to advocacy for child rights, education, and protection, demonstrating her collaborative approach in project planning and training events. Previous roles at Public Health Action Nepal involved leading comprehensive case management tools' implementation and supporting educational and vocational training programs. With a Master's degree in Sociology and diverse training experiences, Bina Silwal remains committed to advancing psychosocial counseling and child protection, evident in her continuous professional development through diverse training and workshop attendance, showcasing her dedication to staying abreast of the latest methodologies and best practices in the field.

Dogendra Tumsa, Statistician and Data Analyst

With over 10 years of dedicated experience in development research, Dogendra Tumsa currently serves as a Statistician at the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) in Kathmandu, Nepal, within Social Science Baha. Since March 2016, he has played a pivotal role, collaborating with esteemed national and international entities like The Asia Foundation, AmeriCares, Open Society Foundation, and UNDP. Proficient in sampling design, data management, and analysis, Dogendra excels in utilizing SPSS, STATA, and R. His versatility extends to data visualization with tools like Tableau. Holding a Master's Degree in Statistics with distinction, his academic prowess is evident in projects such as analyzing the status of Para Vets and assessing the forest sector's impact on Nepal's economy. Actively engaging in training sessions, workshops, and impactful research publications, Dogendra's dual commitment to practical application and theoretical exploration establishes him as a valuable asset in the dynamic field of development research.

Dogendra Tumsa, Statistician and Data Analyst

With over 10 years of dedicated experience in development research, Dogendra Tumsa currently serves as a Statistician at the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) in Kathmandu, Nepal, within Social Science Baha. Since March 2016, he has played a pivotal role, collaborating with esteemed national and international entities like The Asia Foundation, AmeriCares, Open Society Foundation, and UNDP. Proficient in sampling design, data management, and analysis, Dogendra excels in utilizing SPSS, STATA, and R. His versatility extends to data visualization with tools like Tableau. Holding a Master's Degree in Statistics with distinction, his academic prowess is evident in projects such as analyzing the status of Para Vets and assessing the forest sector's impact on Nepal's economy. Actively engaging in training sessions, workshops, and impactful research publications, Dogendra's dual commitment to practical application and theoretical exploration establishes him as a valuable asset in the dynamic field of development research.

Jot Narayan Patel,Public Health Professional Nepal

Jot Narayan Patel, MPH, is a distinguished public health professional with a robust educational background, including a Master's in Public Health from Patan Academy of Health Science, Lalitpur, and extensive experience in the field. Holding a Bachelor's in Public Health and a Diploma in Health Science (General Medicine), Jot Narayan has contributed significantly to healthcare in Nepal. His early roles as Health Center In-charge and Sr. Health Assistant at institutions like Chhatre Deurali Health Center-Dhulikhel Hospital and Dhulikhel Hospital showcased his expertise in clinical case management, emergency care, and data analysis. As a Hospital Support Program Officer at Nick Simon Institute, he excelled in monitoring and evaluation, data collection, report writing, and program coordination. Currently serving as a Research Officer at Nepal Health Research Council, Jot Narayan is leading major studies on maternal mortality, health-seeking behavior, and non-communicable diseases, demonstrating a keen interest in health system strengthening and research. His multifaceted skills include data analysis using tools such as SPSS, STATA, R, RQDA, EXCELL, and Epi-Info. Passionate about cycling and committed to the well-being of communities in Kathmandu valley and Madhesh Province, Jot Narayan Patel is a dedicated professional contributing significantly to the field of public health.

Sunita Bhukhaju Shrestha, Nepal Gender Expert and Researcher

Sunita Bhukhaju Shrestha, a highly accomplished Ph.D. scholar in Gender Studies pursing at Tribhuwan University and an experienced development professional, has a rich history of achievements spanning over 16 years. With a focus on Gender Protection and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), she passionately campaigns against Girls and Women Trafficking, child early and forced marriages, and has played a pivotal role in the implementation of CEDAW at the provincial level. Since becoming a Freelance Consultant in November 2020, Sunita has collaborated with reputable organizations such as CTRaDe, SOPAN, MANK, Dynamic Nepal, and PHAN. In this capacity, she conducts impactful training sessions on Anti-Human Trafficking, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), SRHR, and other gender-related issues in central Terai, Nepal.

Sunita Bhukhaju Shrestha, Nepal Gender Expert and Researcher

Sunita Bhukhaju Shrestha, a highly accomplished Ph.D. scholar in Gender Studies pursing at Tribhuwan University and an experienced development professional, has a rich history of achievements spanning over 16 years. With a focus on Gender Protection and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), she passionately campaigns against Girls and Women Trafficking, child early and forced marriages, and has played a pivotal role in the implementation of CEDAW at the provincial level. Since becoming a Freelance Consultant in November 2020, Sunita has collaborated with reputable organizations such as CTRaDe, SOPAN, MANK, Dynamic Nepal, and PHAN. In this capacity, she conducts impactful training sessions on Anti-Human Trafficking, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), SRHR, and other gender-related issues in central Terai, Nepal.

Saroj Dhungana, Peace Practioner and Media Person Nepal

Saroj Dhungana, the current President of Initiatives of Change Nepal and Business Development Director of the Out Study Abroad Program, draws upon his extensive background in communication and development. Armed with a Master's Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tribhuwan University, he has played a pivotal role in instigating positive transformations within various organizations. Serving as the CEO/Chairperson of Community Communication Initiative Nepal (Radio Melamchi 107.2 MHz) since January 2013, Saroj has overseen the radio management committee, initiated innovative programs, and cultivated public relationships.

His diverse career encompasses positions such as Media & Communication Officer at Save the Children, Program Coordinator at Sindhu Development Centre, and Field Coordinator for the COPILA Project of HELVETAS Nepal. Beyond national borders, Saroj not only represents Nepal as an international speaker on peace and trust-building but also demonstrates an unwavering commitment to driving positive change through impactful communication and community engagement. Furthermore, he shares his expertise by delivering training in public speaking, storytelling, and personality development to diverse groups across different regions of Nepal.

Shukra Raj Paudel, Program Developement Facilitator, Nepal

Shukra Raj Paudel is a experienced development professional boasting over 14 years of hands-on experience in grant management and program implementation across diverse sectors. His expertise spans project and partnership management, inclusive education, leadership, result-oriented approaches, robust documentation, effective negotiation and communication, and adept facilitation of training and workshops. Throughout his extensive career, Shukra has honed various skills, including team building, quick comprehension of new ideas, resource mobilization, staff and local political representatives' capacity building, evidence-based advocacy, and the review and development of training manuals related to inclusive education guidelines. His wealth of experience includes successful project integration at the local level, comprehensive training delivery, and a deep understanding of project management in areas such as resilience and food security, health system strengthening, nutrition, safe motherhood, gender and social inclusion, women empowerment, employment and enterprise development, good governance, children with disabilities, social mobilization, financial literacy, and effective coordination with local governments for sustainability, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

Shukra Raj Paudel, Program Developement Facilitator, Nepal

Shukra Raj Paudel is a experienced development professional boasting over 14 years of hands-on experience in grant management and program implementation across diverse sectors. His expertise spans project and partnership management, inclusive education, leadership, result-oriented approaches, robust documentation, effective negotiation and communication, and adept facilitation of training and workshops. Throughout his extensive career, Shukra has honed various skills, including team building, quick comprehension of new ideas, resource mobilization, staff and local political representatives' capacity building, evidence-based advocacy, and the review and development of training manuals related to inclusive education guidelines. His wealth of experience includes successful project integration at the local level, comprehensive training delivery, and a deep understanding of project management in areas such as resilience and food security, health system strengthening, nutrition, safe motherhood, gender and social inclusion, women empowerment, employment and enterprise development, good governance, children with disabilities, social mobilization, financial literacy, and effective coordination with local governments for sustainability, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

Renu Nauriyal ,Mass Media and Education Expert, India

Renu Nauriyal, a journalism and education expert with over two decades of experience coaching students in Mumbai University-affiliated colleges. She's a sought after resource for workshops and syllabi revision committees. Starting her career at the India Express, she served as Managing Editor for a shipping magazine and held roles as Feature Editor at The Free Press Journal.

With an academic background including an M Phil in African Studies, a Master's in Political Science, and diplomas in International Law, Diplomacy, Journalism, and French, Renu is known for her interviewing skills, conducting over 50 in-depth interviews. She has conceived and planned several magazine launches like the South African Special Edition in 1993.Her coaching and mentoring are consistently in demand. Her passion for teaching and extensive experience in journalism and education ensure a valuable and productive learning experience for her students. Renu is now focused on building bridges of understanding and creating awareness about the urgency to promote peace among communities worldwide and serving as expert team member with CTRaDe.

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