Ms. Pushpa Bhadel, Executive Director
Pushpa has been with READ Nepal since 2008 and was promoted to the position of Executive Director of READ Nepal in early 2018. Prior to her promotion, Pushpa served as the Administrative Head since January 1, 2015. Pushpa has written extensively on international development and made presentations at numerous conferences on a variety of topics concerning rural and international development and gender studies. She holds a bachelor's degree in business from Tribhuwan University and a master's in rural development and gender studies from Purbanchal University in Nepal.
Mr. Durgesh Kumar Yogi, Monitoring & Evaluation and Capacity Manager
Durgesh has been working as Monitoring & Evaluation and Capacity Building Manager since January 1, 2015. He joined READ Nepal in July of 2012 and serve for two and half years as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He is accountable to assist Program operations to ensure effective and quality service delivery and lead capacity building components in the projects and programmes. He is also responsible to ensure organizational compliance, take lead in synthesizing knowledge and impact from the projects and programmes developing and manage relationships with external stakeholders in support of READ Nepal’s mission. Prior to joining READ, Durgesh worked with Partnership for Sustainable Development Nepal, UNICEF Nepal, and the District AIDS Committee of Dang. Durgesh holds a master's degree in public health from State University of Bangladesh and a bachelors in commerce from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
Mr. Parshu Ram Pandey, Finance and Admin Manager
Mr. Pandey is the Finance Manager for READ Nepal. He also provides support on financial management and reporting for all READ affiliate countries. Parshu has extensive knowledge of accounting and tax principles of Nepal, as well as of accounting software used to maintain financial data and generate reports of private companies, NGOs and INGOs. He also provides financial expertise for project evaluation of INGOs for the Social Welfare Council (SWC). Prior to joining READ, Mr. Pandey worked for the Memorex Group of Companies, Hope Nepal, Mount Digit Technology, Sustainable Solutions, National Council of Churches of Nepal, and Practical Action. He also volunteered with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Nepal as a financial and computer technical advisor. Parshu has led several trainings – including a MoneyWorks accounting software training for the Nepal Red Cross Society, United Mission to Nepal, and several other private institutions, as well as a training program on QuickBooks jointly organized by READ Bhutan and Bhutan Foundation office in Bhutan.
Mr. Chin Kaji Shrestha, Field Operations Head
Chin Kaji has been working as Program Officer since January 1, 2015. He served as the Field Officer from January 2009 until the end of December 2014, as Field Coordinator from 2004 to 2008, as an Assistant Field Coordinator from 2002 to 2004 and as volunteer for more than four years since 1998. Since then, he has been working with rural communities advocating the READ model and finding suitable community for constructing READ libraries. He is responsible for mobilizing communities; provide support to the Library Management Committees (LMC) throughout the entire lifecycle of program implementation and setting up of READ center. He is also responsible for training the local communities on Library Science Management, facilitate on resolving if conflict arise at community level, carrying out READ programs at field level and support on hosting donors during READ Nepal visit.
Mr. Prakash Prasad Pokharel, Enterprise Development Officer
Prakash has been working as Enterprise Development Officer (EDO) for READ Nepal since May 2014. As EDO, he is responsible for carrying out all activities on promoting business and enterprise in READ Nepal programs. He identifies and implements sustaining enterprise programs that will financially sustain community libraries as envisioned by the READ Model and promote micro entrepreneurs in community, develops and implements business and project plans, and provides the necessary leadership, project management, and co-ordination for the successful launch of enterprises. He also assists exploration and implementation of country level social enterprise for the sustainability of READ mission in Nepal. Prior to joining READ, Prakash worked with the Mahila Jagaran Sangh (MJS), Ilam for over 6 years as a Program Director Cum Team Leader with one of his major responsibilities of enterprise development, worked as a consultant (Enterprise Development and Micro Finance Expert) at Netherlands Development Organization, Nepal (SNV-Nepal), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal under K-CAP Project, and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) under Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project. He has also worked as a Cooperative Management and Training Expert at CHEMONICS INTERNATIONAL, USAID-Nepal, as a Cooperative-Management and Business Plan Expert at SNV, Agritera Netherland, Central Tea Cooperative Federation and Tea Sector Development, and also worked in various positions at various other organizations. Prakash holds a Master's Degree in Business Studies (MBS) from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal specialized on Financial Management and Investment and has attended and participated various national and international relevant trainings and workshops.
Mr. Saajan Thapa (Tara Bahadur), Youth Program Development Officer
Saajan (Tara Bahadur) has been working as Youth Program Development Officer for READ Nepal since April 2015. He served previously at the Read Information and Resource Center (the national implementing partner of READ Nepal) as a Field Coordinator from January 2013 to March 2015, as a Field Supervisor from January 2010 to December 2012, and as a volunteer to assist with program implementation from September 2004 to December 2009. As READ Nepal's Youth Program Development Officer, Saajan is responsible for implementing the Reach out to Asia (ROTA) project, and for supporting the ongoing programs of READ Nepal. He holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal. Saajan has extensive knowledge and experience in community library management, community development, social mobilization, capacity building training, and the READ model.
Mr. Arjun Maharjan, Information Communications Technology (ICT) Program Coordinator
Arjun has been working as ICT Program Coordinator for READ Nepal since January 2015. He joined READ Nepal in July 2008 as a Program Assistant; from May 2010 until 2012, he acted as Field Supervisor and promoted to ICT Administrator on January 2013 and work till December 31, 2014. Currently, he is the focal person of READ Nepal for implementing ICT programs in READ Centers, responsible for READ Nepal’s ICT program design and implementation, including the creation of trainings, conducting community surveys, and monitoring & evaluation and project reporting, for assisting the local ICT consultant, and for preparing ICT guidelines. Arjun has expert technical knowledge of computers, photography and video editing. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Mr. Lal Bahadur (LB) Bhandari, Field Coordinator
Lal Bahadur (LB) has been working as Field Coordinator for READ Nepal since July 17, 2015. He previously served at the Read Information and Resource Center (the national implementing partner of READ Nepal) as a Field Coordinator from January 2013 to July 16, 2015, as a Field Supervisor from January 2010 to December 2012, and as a volunteer to assist with program implementation from 2008. As READ Nepal's Field Coordinator, LB is responsible for ensuring the implementation of regular programs and projects at field level. He has been working with rural communities advocating the READ model, mobilizing communities, provides support to the Library Management Committees (LMC) throughout the entire lifecycle of program implementation and setting up of READ center. LB has extensive knowledge and experience in community library management, community development, social mobilization, capacity building training, and the READ model.