Birendra Bajracharya is the Chief of Party for the SERVIR-HKH initiative 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sajana Maharjan joined ICIMOD in December 2015 as an SSA (GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst) in Geospatial Solutions for the program Himalica. She is working on interpretation of very high resolution satellite data. She is also involved in fieldwork for validation of satellite based thematic maps, and resource inventory and quantification in the Nepal pilot site. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she worked in Forest Resource Assessment Nepal (FRA Nepal) as GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist. Beside GIS and Remote Sensing knowledge and expertise, she has experience working on EIA/IEE studies on several development projects such as hydropower, transmission lines, bridges and roads.
Maharjan completed BSc in environmental science from Kathmandu University and MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation specialising in natural resources management from ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Utsav Maden currently works as a Knowledge Management and Communication Officer for the Mountain Environment Regional Information Systems Regional Programme. In the past eleven years, he has held various positions within the KMC unit at ICIMOD. He has worked as the KM/Communication focal point for Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), underpinning development of knowledge products—information sheets, reports, shorts, and videos—and proactive engagement of mainstream media. Among his many roles at ICIMOD, he has driven ICIMOD’s monthly news digest, and social media presence, moderated multiple communities of practice, and developed a centre wide contact database.
Maden received an honours degree in environmental science from Kathmandu University in 2005. He is an avid photographer, a social media enthusiast, and a prolific reader of fiction. He tinkers with the web at utsavmaden.com.np.
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.
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 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.
Waheedullah Yousafi joined ICIMOD in September 2016 and is responsible for project management, coordination, and reporting within the SERVIR-HKH Initiative based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has extensive experience in Earth observation and its applications in various domains such as agriculture, crop statistics, water resources management, urban planning, agromet, and disaster management.
Yousafi was a core member of the teams that formulated Afghanistan’s national irrigation programme (NIP) and national hydromet data-sharing policy. He has worked in projects funded by organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the European Union (EU).
Yousafi holds an MSc degree in Water Management from NWFP Agricultural University in Pakistan and a one-year diploma in Leadership from the Kabul office of Morning Star USA.
Sayed Burhan Atal is an Afghan national currently working on wheat mapping and the land cover monitoring system for Afghanistan. Before joining ICIMOD, he served as a GIS and Remote Sensing Expert in the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority. He has more than three years of professional experience in the application of GIS and remote sensing with different national and international organizations.
Burhan has undertaken trainings in office management and served as an English language instructor. He has also led the Afghan Students Union – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a social educational platform. He has a BS degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Jawad Habib joined ICIMOD in November 2018 and is responsible for geographic and geospatial data collection, management, and mapping of tabular data of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)/ Management Information System (MIS); interpolation of climatic and other point data to create weather, precipitation, and crop maps; and calculation of various agricultural indices using Landsat/Sentinel images in ArcGIS and Erdas Imagine, which supports activities related to MAIL development projects as well as monitoring and evaluation information management system.
Before joining ICIMOD, Habib served as an intern at the Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar, and the Urban Unit, Lahore. He also worked as a mapping assistant at the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation, Peshawar, under the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation. Habib has a BS degree in Geomatics (Remote Sensing and GIS) from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Mohammad Rabi Qazizada joined ICIMOD in November 2018, where he focuses on land use/land cover mapping, digital image processing, watershed analysis and mapping, irrigation system mapping, and spatial analysis in Afghanistan. He worked as an Environmental Safeguard Specialist at the Irrigation Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and has experience working in different capacities with organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), Action on Climate Today, and Welthungerhilfe.
He has contributed to two gray literature works and translated several national-level documents. He was also directly involved in designing and conducting a national-level assessment commissioned by UNFAO entitled “Capacity development need assessment on sustainable land and forest management in Afghanistan”. Qazizada has a BSc in Environmental Science from Kabul University, Afghanistan.
Rafiullah Omar joined ICIMOD in January 2019 and is primarily responsible for providing technical support to the agricultural information portal at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). He also develops tools and applications for field data collection as and when required. With experience working as a software engineer in different institutions, he has served as a lecturer of Computer Science at Khurasan, Ningarhar, and Salam universities in Afghanistan. He also worked as an MIS Developer at MAIL under the Government of Afghanistan.
Omar completed his BS in Software Engineering from the National University of Modern Languages in Pakistan and Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Kabul University in Afghanistan.
Waheed Sabawoon joined ICIMOD in November 2018. His responsibilities include land use/land cover mapping, digital image processing, watershed analysis and mapping, irrigation system mapping and basic spatial analysis. He has experience working as an intern focusing on land information system (LIS) at the Cadastre Department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar, Pakistan. Sabawoon has a BS degree in Geomatics (Remote Sensing and GIS) from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan.
Zahra Mohammadi joined ICIMOD in April 2018 and is responsible for managing general administration for the SERVIR-HKH Initiative in Afghanistan and the country office and supporting the organization of national and international travel and events. Mohammadi works in close coordination with the Administrative Officer in Afghanistan, under the general guidance and supervision of the SERVIR-HKH Technical Coordinator – Afghanistan.
She has a bachelor degree in Economics from Gawharshad University and worked in the Afghanistan Agriculture Extension Project (AAEP) as an Administrative Assistant for three years.
*Names are listed in an alphabetical order by Surname.