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Programme Management

Birendra Bajracharya
 

Birendra Bajracharya

Acting Regional Programme Manager - MENRIS

Mountain Environment Regional Information System

Birendra Bajracharya is currently the Acting Regional Programme Manager of Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS) at ICIMOD. Mr Bajracharya joined ICIMOD in 1995 as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist. He holds an MSc in Geo-Informatics from the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), the Netherlands, an MBA from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and BE in Civil Engineering from University of Rajasthan, India. He has vast experience in spatial data infrastructure, decision support systems, and GIS and remote sensing (RS) applications in relation to natural resources, biodiversity, conservation planning, and protected area management. He has also been involved in developing various training courses on GIS/RS and has conducted training programmes in all of ICIMOD’s eight regional member countries. He is also coordinator of SERVIR-Himalaya, a joint initiative with NASA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for developing earth observation, monitoring, and visualisation systems that integrate satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision-making.

Ganesh Bhattarai
 

Ganesh Bhattarai

Programme Officer

Mountain Environment Regional Information System

Anjeli Shrestha
 

Anjeli Shrestha

Senior Programme Associate

Mountain Environment Regional Information System


Science and Data

Mir Abudul Matin
 

Mir Abdul Matin

Theme Leader, Geospatial Solutions

Geospatial Solutions

Dr Mir Matin has more than twenty years of experience in leading geospatial teams for various national and international organisation and projects. He is working as Science and Data lead for USAID funded SERVIR Hindukush Himalaya project at ICIMOD to lead development of high quality user tailored applications and models to support decision making in the area of agriculture and food security, water weather and climate, disaster risk reduction, and land cover, forest and ecosystem management. Earlier, he was leading the SERVIR demand team at ICIMOD to implement user engagement, communication, monitoring and evaluation of SERVIR activities. Before joining ICIMOD, he has worked three years for International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka as head of GIS/RS/Database unit and ten years at Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) in Bangladesh in multiple positions including head of GIS and Remote sensing division. He served as key specialist in many large projects to provide guidance and technical support for applying Geospatial tools and analysis for solving water, environment and agriculture related issues. He has Ph.D. in forestry with emphasis on remote sensing, GIS and hydro-ecological modelling from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, M.Sc in Geoinformatics from ITC, University of Twente, Netherlands, M.Sc. in Mathematics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and MBA in digital technology Management from Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada.


Agriculture and Food Security

Faisal Mueen Qamar
 

Faisal Mueen Qamar

Remote Sensing Specialist

Geospatial Solutions

Faisal M. Qamer joined ICIMOD as Remote Sensing Specialist in 2011. He holds an MSc in Geomatics from Karlsruhe University, Germany. He has 15 years of experience in applying Geospatial Science to nature conservation, water resource management, and agro-ecosystem issues with a strong background in spatial analysis and modeling, information sharing strategies, institutional capacity building, and project management. Before coming to ICIMOD, he was working at WWF-Pakistan as GIS Manager. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals.

Bhoj Raj Ghimire
 

Bhoj Raj Ghimire

SSA - GIS Analyst

Geospatial Solutions

Varun Tiwari
 

Varun Tiwari

SSA - Remote Sensing/GIS

Geospatial Solutions


Water Resources and Hydro - Climatic Disasters

Sudan Bikash Maharjan
 

Sudan Bikash Maharjan

Remote Sensing Analyst - Cryosphere

Geospatial Solutions

Sudan Bikash Maharjan joined ICIMOD as a Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst in September 2009 and is working on glacier mapping and inventory of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he worked as a research assistant for Water Aid Nepal in monitoring, modelling and designing, and data analysis of shallow groundwater recharge through rainwater harvesting in Patan, Kathmandu. He has also worked as consultant and hydro-geologist in a feasibility study of groundwater and in the supervision of tube well installation in the Terai region of Nepal. Mr Maharjan holds a Master’s degree in Geology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Finu Shrestha
 

Finu Shrestha

Research Associate, GIS

Geospatial Solutions

Finu Shrestha joined ICIMOD in March 2008 as an intern in the Integrated Water and Hazards Management (IWMH) programme working on the mapping and monitoring of cryosphere and water resources. She is currently working as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Analyst in the Mountain Environment Natural Resources’ Information Systems (MENRIS) division of ICIMOD. Ms Shrestha holds a Master’s Degree in Hydrology and Meteorology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Prior to joining ICIMOD, Ms Shrestha worked as a consultant for Lifeline Laboratory and Research Center Pvt (Ltd). Her areas of interest include water resources, meteorology, climatology, GIS/remote sensing, and climate change.


Land Cover and Land Use Change and Ecosystems

Vishwas S. Chitale
 

Vishwas S. Chitale

Remote Sensing Specialist - Ecosystems

Geospatial Solutions

Dr Vishwas Chitale joined as Remote Sensing Analyst – Ecosystems in August 2015. He provides geospatial data and analysis support to ecosystems based studies of different regional programs such as Adaptation to Climate Change, Transboundary Landscapes and MENRIS. He holds a PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, where his research focused on the patterns of plant diversity and endemism in four global biodiversity hotspots within India using geospatial tools and modelling techniques. His research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at various national and International conferences.

After pursuing his Post graduate degree in Geoinformatics from Pune University, India he worked on various projects of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. He was the Research Scholars' Representative to the institute and was actively involved in various extra-curricular activities at IIT Kharagpur.

Kabir Uddin
 

Kabir Uddin

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Geospatial Solutions

Kabir Uddin is a Bangladeshi national working in the Geospatial Solutions Theme, where he is involved in Geospatial application in thematic mapping and spatial analysis to ecosystem management, disaster management including capacity building and training. Mr Uddin holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Studies and an MSc in Geography and Environmental Studies, both from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. During his BSc and MSc, he studied geography, environment, geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) as major subjects. Mr Uddin has nine years working experience in geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) applications in the field of environmental management. After graduation he worked at Development Design Consultants Ltd for the Rajshahi City Town Planning Project, where he comprehensively used GIS, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) and Total Station for town planning. In 2003, he joined Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Bangladesh as a GIS expert, where he served until joining ICIMOD in 2006.”


Weather and Climate Services

Bhupesh Adhikary
 

Bhupesh Adhikary

Senior Air Quality Specialist

Water and Air

Dr Bhupesh Adhikary joined ICIMOD as Air Quality Specialist on March 2014. He was born and brought up in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has double Bachelors, in Economics and Engineering, and MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering, all from universities in the US. He is an expert in regional scale atmospheric chemical transport modeling and his work has focused on different regions of the world studying air pollutant characteristics. He has worked in many international projects such as the NASA-led ICARTT, INTEX-B, ARCTAS, CARB missions, UNEP-led ABC project and NCAR-NOAA-led PACDEX mission.

Post PhD, Bhupesh returned to Nepal and joined Kathmandu University as an assistant professor. After KU, he joined the EvK2CNR Committee as their resident scientific coordinator where he established a numerical modeling laboratory capable of providing real time weather forecasts and pollutant concentration analysis. He was also involved in the initial setting up and later daily operation of an air quality laboratory in Kathmandu measuring pollutants such as ozone, PM, black carbon. At ICIMOD, Bhupesh is working on understanding the science and mitigation aspects of air pollution in the HKH region using chemical transport models, in-situ, and satellite based observations.


Capacity Building

Rajesh Bahadur Thapa
 

Rajesh Bahadur Thapa

Capacity Building Specialist

Geospatial Solutions

Dr Thapa holds a MA in geography from Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal; an MSc degree in remote sensing and GIS from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; and a PhD degree in geoenvironmental science from the University of Tsukuba (UT), Japan.

He was a lecturer with TU from 1998 to 2002, a researcher with AIT from 2004 to 2005, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow with UT from 2009 to 2011, and an invited researcher with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan from 2011 to 2016. He is also a UT visiting professor. Dr Thapa was the recipient of the University of Tsukuba Outstanding Research Award in 2008 and the Nepal Biddya Bhusan First Class Award for academic achievement from the President of Nepal in 2010.

Dr Thapa develops methods for mapping land-use and land cover; spatial modelling to explain and forecast the expansion of urban areas and deforestation; tracking tropical forest carbon stocks and CO2 emission risk; and spatial decision support for peri-urban agriculture. He specialises in urban monitoring, forest monitoring, forest carbon tracking, agriculture monitoring, and disaster monitoring and damage assessment.

His research focuses on monitoring and assessment of terrestrial environment including forest, agriculture, urban, and disasters, and the dissemination of Earth observation findings to policy makers, university students, and stakeholders through education, capacity building workshops, conferences, and publications.

 

Geoinformation Technology (GeoIT)

Sudip Pradhan
 

Sudip Pradhan

Programme Coordinator, Regional Database System

Mountain Environment Regional Information System

Sudip Pradhan is a Nepali national working as the Programme Coordinator of Regional Database System (RDS) Initiative under the Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS) at ICIMOD. He started his career at ICIMOD in March 2000. He holds an MSc in Geographic Information Science from University College London (UCL) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University, where he studied under a Nepal Cambridge Scholarship. He was awarded the Mahendra Vidya Bhusan, the gold medal, for topping his batch in the BSc level at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Mr Pradhan has long experience in design and development of spatial/non-spatial databases and information systems, and in spatial analysis and modelling. Besides ICIMOD, he also worked as an Applications Developer at Geofutures, Bath, UK for about two years. Mr Pradhan coordinates the development of a center-wide Regional Database System at ICIMOD. In addition, he also oversees the development of web-based GIS/DSS tools and applications including fully automated information systems.

Sameer Bajracharya
 

Sameer Bajracharya

Research Associate, GIS

Geospatial Solutions

Gauri Shankar Dangol
 

Gauri Shankar Dangol

Research Associate, Digital Cartography

Geospatial Solutions

Nishanta Khanal
 

Nishanta Khanal

SSA - Web Application Developer

Geospatial Solutions

Bikram Shakya
 

Bikram Shakya

SSA - GIS/Database Developer

Geospatial Solutions

Kiran Shakya
 

Kiran Shakya

RS Database Specialist

Geospatial Solutions

Kiran Shakya is a Nepali national joined ICIMOD as Remote Sensing Database Specialist under Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS) at ICIMOD. He has started his career at ICIMOD in early 2000. Mr Shakya holds a Master degree (MSc) in Photogrammetry and geo-informatics from Stuttgart University of applied sciences, Germany and Bachelor’s degree in engineering (B.E. in computer engineering) from Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal. He is a qualified professional with long experience in software development cycle, analysis design and development of spatial/non-spatial database, international standard metadata management, eco-system management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, GIS and remote sensing, capacity building and project management. He is also GIT expert of SERVIR-Himalaya, a joint initiative with NASA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for developing earth observation, monitoring, and visualisation systems that integrate satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision-making.

As a Senior GIS specialist, he has also worked with Survey & Land Registration Bureau (SLRB), Manama, Bahrain for two years. Leading the GIS team in developing various land-use related applications and quality control of SLRB GIS database. Similarly, he has worked with Himalayan InfoTech Services as Senior System Administrator for a year.

 

Gender and Social Inclusion

Chanda Gurung Goodrich
 

Chanda Gurung Goodrich

Senior Gender Specialist - Gender Lead

Livelihoods

Dr Chanda Gurung Goodrich, an Indian National, joined ICIMOD as the Senior Gender Specialist in March 2014. She holds an MPhil and PhD from the School of International Relations in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she worked as the Principal Scientist-Empower Women in the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India, from March 2012 - March 2014. Before that she was in the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs), Hyderabad, India from March 2007 to February 2012, first as the Senior Fellow-Research and then as the Project Director/Executive Director. She has also worked in CIMMYT, Kathmandu, South Asia Regional office prior to this. At ICIMOD Dr Goodrich is in charge of ensuring and promoting gender integration within the Centre and operationally in the programmatic areas. Dr Goodrich's professional interest is in gender research in natural resource management, agriculture and livelihoods, especially for small holder farmers.

Pranita Bhusan Udas
 

Pranita Bhusan Udas

Gender, Water and Adaptation Specialist

Livelihoods

Pranita Bhushan Udas is a water professional with more than 15 years experience related to gender, water and justice equity. She holds masters degree in soil and water, with irrigation specialisation and PhD in environmental science, Wageningen School of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Before joining ICIMOD, she was a contributing gender expert for Water Resources Project Preparatory Facility of Ministry of Irrigation on preparing GESI Guidelines of Department of Irrigation and Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention, Nepal Government. Her research experience is in participatory irrigation management, gendered water governances, and multi-stakeholders processes in water management. Ms Udas is a resource person for national and international trainings on Gender and Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Induced Disaster Management. Earlier she had worked with Gender and Water Alliance, and Disaster Studies Group, Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Gujarat Institute of Development Research, SaciWATERs and GLOCAL in India and Nepal Engineering College, WATCH, and Eco Himal in Nepal.


Knowledge Management and Communications

Utsav Maden
 

Utsav Maden

Knowledge Management and Communication Officer - MENRIS

Knowledge Management and Communication


Monitoring and Evaluation

Lalu Maya Kadel
 

Lalu Maya Kadel

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Lalu Maya Kadel, joined ICIMOD in August 2013, is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. She has extensive experience working in major domains of programme design, strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Her expertise covers programme development and planning, gender responsive monitoring and evaluation system design, mixed method evaluation, result-based management, capacity building and training, and programme quality assurance. She has a proven track record of being instrumental in bringing a gender and equity focus to several organizations for the effective management of gendered outcomes.

Kadel has played leading roles in developing and/or strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation system, developing gender sensitive indicators, M&E Frameworks and Tools aligned with program theory of change (TOC) and impact pathway at ICIMOD. Her particular areas of interest are sustainable, equitable and people-centric development, research, and knowledge management. Her experience derives from direct involvements with DANIDA/NARMSAP, CARE Nepal, UNFPA, Practical Action South Asia Regional Office and ICIMOD. She holds an MSc in Statistics, an MA in Sociology, and a BSc in Forestry and General Science.


User Engagement

Santosh Pathak
 

Santosh Pathak

Partnership Contract Officer

Strategic Cooperation

Santosh Raj Pathak is currently working as Partnership Contract Officer under strategic cooperation unit. He joined ICIMOD as small grants associate in March 2014 under SERVIR Himalaya Initiative. Before joining ICIMOD, Santosh has worked as procurement consultant for ministry of federal affairs and local development and in grants department for two USAID funded projects: Nepal Economics Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) Activity and Nepal Transition Initiative (NTI). He also has experience working in banking and corporate sector. He has completed his MBA with finance major from Ace Institute of Management. He has a passion for photography and loves trekking.

Naina Shakya
 

Naina Shakya

Partnership and Private Sector Specialist

Strategic Cooperation

Naina Shakya joined ICIMOD in April 2010 and is currently working as the Partnership and Private Sector Specialist within the Strategic Cooperation Unit. At ICIMOD, Mrs Shakya leads the partnering approach implementation and private sector engagement activities. She also coordinates activities related to regional cooperation at the institutional level. Prior to joining ICIMOD, Mrs Shakya worked with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok for eight years in various capacities, most recently as Coordinator of Partner Relations and Development in the External Relations and Communications Office. She brings with her relevant international experience in partnerships, establishing and managing collaborative relationships and networks with government agencies, international development agencies, academic and research institutions, INGOs, NGOs, and the private sector. Earlier, Mrs Shakya worked for various projects with USAID/Nepal, UMN/Nepal, ADB/Philippines, and Focus on the Global South/Philippines. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a specialisation in marketing from Kathmandu University and a second master’s degree in sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Manila.

SERVIR-HKH in Afghanistan

Waheedullah Yousafi
 

Waheedullah Yousafi

Technical Coordinator-Afghanistan, SERVIR HKH

Esmatullah “Joya”
 

Esmatullah “Joya”

Research Assistant

Sayed Burhan Atal
 

Sayed Burhan Atal

RS/GIS Expert

Sayed Burhan Atal has a BS degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and has more than three years of professional experience in the application of GIS and remote sensing for disaster management, water supply, and afforestation with various government organizations.

Before joining ICIMOD, he served as a GIS and Remote Sensing Expert in the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, as a GIS Technician in the Water Supply, Sewerage and Environmental Affairs, under the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Afghanistan and as a GIS Technician in the Billion Trees Project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Burhan has undertaken trainings in office management and served as an English language instructor. He has also led a social educational platform, the Afghan Students Union Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai
 

Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai

RS/GIS Expert

Mohammad Sahrif Jalalzai has a BSc in Geography from the Geosciences faculty at Kabul University in Afghanistan. He has more than 10 years of experience focusing on ArcGIS and remote sensing, cadastral mapping, water management, urban planning, 3D virtual city modelling, mine actions services, desertification, large scale mapping, project management, statistics, and research. He worked in various capacities, ranging from GIS trainer, GIS and remote sensing specialist, to GIS/MIS manager in various institutions ranging from AIMS, MUDH, and UNMAS before joining ICIMOD.

Jalalzai has conducted numerous trainings on basic, intermediate and advanced data management, and spatial analysis trainings in GIS and remote sensing in Afghanistan. He has undertaken several trainings on ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Spatial Analysis, Spectral Analysis in ENVI 5.2, and ERDAS Imagine. He has also obtained trainings in SPSS Statistics/Research, and basic and advanced project management in Primavera P6 applications from Dubai and Afghanistan.

Mujibulhaq Momand
 

Mujibulhaq Momand

RS/GIS Expert

Mujibulhaq has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Nangarhar University, Afghanistan. Mujibulhaq has more than six years of professional experience focusing on GIS application in agriculture, land cover mapping, urban planning and street addressing with various USAID and other donor funded projects.

He served in many positions as GIS specialist, GIS technician, and GIS developer with many projects in Afghanistan before joining ICIMOD in December 2017. He has participated in project management, remote sensing, and GIS trainings both inside and outside Afghanistan.

Mohammad Murtaza Rahimi
 

Mohammad Murtaza Rahimi

Research Assistant

Jawid Ahmad Rezai
 

Jawid Ahmad Rezai

Administrative Officer - Afghanistan

Country Offices

Abdul Ghayoor Shokory
 

Abdul Ghayoor Shokory

Research Assistant

*Names are listed in an alphabetical order by Surname.