Ms. Sanjana Shrestha, Country Director
Sanjana has been with READ Nepal for nine years and has served as Country Director since January 2009. Prior to READ, Sanjana was a Project Coordinator and Researcher with the Manushi for Sustainable Development organization in Nepal. Sanjana was also involved in project evaluation work in various organizations such as Save the Children US, Winrock International and German Technical Cooperation. Under Sanjana’s leadership, READ has been the driving force behind the strengthening of the Nepal Community Library Association (NCLA), which helps READ Centers advocate and lobby for rights. Sanjana’s expertise and facilitation skills have been critical in expanding the READ model to India and Bhutan. Sanjana serves as the READ Global representative for Beyond Access, a joint initiative of organizations working to raise awareness of the powerful role that libraries can serve as hubs for economic and social change. Recently, Sanjana received a Nomura Centre CONFINTEA scholarship from the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) to write an article based on empirical research showing the impact of sustainable community libraries. Sanjana was also appointed an advisory board member of Association of International Non- Government Organizations in Nepal (AIN) and has served as an International Advisory Board Member for the Access to Learning Award of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in humanities and social science from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
Mr. Chhatra Bahadur Khatri, Program Director
Chhatra has been working as Program Director for READ Nepal since January 2014, he served as Business Development Manager (BDM) from September 2012 until the end of December 2013 and as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at READ for a year. The Program Director oversees the overall programs of READ Nepal including planning, managing, leading, and controlling program activities with the responsibility of sustaining enterprises of READ and READ supported libraries. He provides guidance for regular program operation and assists on sustaining enterprise management and regular monitoring & evaluation of READ Nepal programs. Prior to joining READ, Chhatra worked with the Micro-Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP), a joint poverty reduction program of the Nepal Government and the UNDP for over ten years where he held multiple positions such as Enterprise Development Officer, Program Assistant, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He also worked as Saving Credit Mobilizer in Local Governance Program (LGP) supported by UNDP. Chhatra holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal.
Mr. Parshu Ram Pandey, Finance 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. 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. Ashesh Acharya, Information Communications Technology (ICT) Program Officer
Ashesh joined READ Nepal as information communications technology (ICT) Program Officer in January 2014. He is responsible for READ Nepal’s ICT program design and implementation, including the creation of trainings, conducting community surveys, and monitoring & evaluation and project reporting. He has eight years’ extensive professional experience in ICT, information management and mass media. Prior to joining READ, Ashesh worked for Plan International Nepal as the ICT Coordinator. He has also worked with UNHCR, the National College of Computer Studies (NCCS) and Antenna Foundation Nepal. He holds master’s degree in Rural Development, and a bachelors in Information Management from Tribhuvan University of Nepal.
Mr. Durgesh Kumar Yogi, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Durgesh joined READ Nepal in July of 2012 as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He is responsible for the overall monitoring and evaluation of READ Nepal, and provides support to READ India and Bhutan as well. 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.
Ms. Pushpa Bhadel, Admin Officer
Pushpa has served as the Admin Coordinator for READ Nepal since May 2008. She is responsible for overall administration, human resource management and coordination in the READ Nepal office. 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. Chin Kaji Shrestha, Program Officer
Chin Kaji served as a volunteer in the Kathmandu office for over two years before joining READ Nepal as a Field Coordinator in December 2000. He is now Field Officer, spending most of his time in the field monitoring and supervising sites and providing technical assistance and training to librarians.
Mr. Tapash Bhattarai, Youth Program Development Officer
Tapash has been working as Youth Program Development Officer for READ Nepal since January 2014. Prior to this he served as Project Officer at READ Nepal core program with his main responsibility being the implementation of the Satellite center project, a People Choice Award project funded by Beyond Access, a Theater Project funded by Norwegian Amateur Theatre Association & other ongoing projects of READ Nepal in 2013 from March to December 2013 and as Project Officer for Mobilization for Education and Development through Information and Communication Technology (MEDICT) Project funded by Norwegian Association for Adult Learning (NAAL) Norway from May 2012 to February 2013. The Youth Program Development Officer oversees the overall programs implementation of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) project for READ Nepal with the added responsibility of implementing ongoing projects of READ Nepal. Prior to joining READ, Tapash worked for the Forum for protection Nepal (FFP-Nepal), Kathmandu as a Program Coordinator, at USAID/Chemonics Int. with Collaboration of MKS-Ilam for Democracy and Youth Promotion project as a Program Coordinator, at Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Board (RWSSFDB/WASH Project), Kathmandu as a Consultant/Sociologist, and also worked in various positions at various other organizations. Tapash holds a Master's Degree in Social Science and Bachelors Degree in Law from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal and has attended and participated various national and international relevant trainings and workshops.
Ms. Sharada Maharjan, Finance Officer
Sharada has been working as Finance Officer for READ Nepal since January 2014, she served as Admin & Finance Coordinator from January to December 2013 and as Finance Assistant from August 2009 to December 2012. Before that she has served as a volunteer assisting Admin & Finance from July 2007 till July 2009. She is responsible for maintaining daily financial and accounting needs READ Nepal and ongoing projects. She holds a Master's degree in Business Management Studies (MBS) and Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Studies (BBS) from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal. Sharada has extensive knowledge of accounting and tax principles of Nepal as well as accounting software used to maintain daily financial transactions and to prepare project wise reports. She has taken various trainings on professional accounting.
Mr. Saugat Bhattarai, Fundraising Officer
Saugat graduated from Hampshire College in the United States of America with a degree in Anthropology and Sociology. His responsibilities at READ Nepal include helping the Country Director raise funds through planning, written proposals, award letters and grant applications. Saugat has experience with persuasive writing as he has written for magazines in the past. His education in Anthropology and Sociology shows that he has an awareness of the issues of contemporary Nepal and he has faith in the promise of civil-society organizations and individuals to address these issues.
Mr. Arjun Maharjan, Information Communications Technology (ICT) Administrator
Arjun joined READ Nepal in July 2008 as a Program Assistant. From May 2010 until 2012, he acted as Field Supervisor. Currently, he is the focal person of READ Nepal for implementing ICT programs in READ Centers, 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.
Ms. Sushmita Lama, Program Assistant
Sushmita Lama joined READ Nepal as an intern in February 2012 and was promoted to Project Assistant in May 2012. She is responsible for preparing regular monthly reports, activity reports and the annual report, assisting in grant writing for projects to external donors as well as assisting the Country Director. Prior to joining READ, she worked as a Facilitator for three months for a school-based hand washing program for UNICEF and the National Health, Education, Information and Communication Center (NHIECC) in Kathmandu valley. She holds a bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Tribhuwan University in Nepal and a master's degree in Microbiology from Bangalore University in India.
Ms. Devi Maya Rai, Office Aid
Devi is the READ Nepal Office Aid. She handles miscellaneous duties to ensure the smooth operation of the office.
Dr. Mohan Man Sainju, Emeritus Board
Dr. Mohan Man Sainju is the Executive Director of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) and has served on the READ Nepal Advisory Board since its establishment. Previously, Dr. Sainju served as Ambassador to the United States from Nepal. He has also served as Planning Minister of Poverty Alleviation Fund and as Rector of Tribhuvan University.
Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Emeritus Board
A former teacher, Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma is presently the Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training. Dr. Sharma has served on the Advisory Board since READ Nepal's establishment.
Dr. Shankar Raj Pathak, Emeritus Board
Dr. Shankar Raj Pathak is the founder of Saraswati College in Nepal, and the Chairman of the Nepal Disabled Association. He has served as Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, and Vice Chairman of the Nepal National Commission on Population. Dr. Pathak has served on the Advisory Board since READ Nepal's establishment.
Ms. Rita Thapa, Emeritus Board
Ms. Rita Thapa has spent more than 15 years initiating and supporting institutions related to women's empowerment in Nepal. Her involvement includes the establishment of small-scale entrepreneurial and service organizations, the management of gender programs for international NGOs, and service on boards of national and international women's support organizations. Ms. Thapa has worked with the United Nations Development Agency, Oxfam, and Agro-Forestry Basic Health Cooperative. In 1984, she founded "Women's Work,” Nepal's first wholly women-managed hand-knit project. Ms. Thapa has served on the Advisory Board of READ Nepal since 1995.
Mr. Hem Raj Gyawali, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Hem Gyawali is the president of Nepal Republic Media. He has served as a member of Kantipur and The Kantipur, the national newspapers of Nepal. Mr. Gyawali is a former civil servant and a writer and authority on the Hindu religion. He is a recipient of the Gorkha Daksin Bahu award from King Birendra for promoting journalism in Nepal. Mr. Gyawali has served on the Advisory Board since 1995.
Dr. Shanti Basnyat, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Shanti Basnyat is a Professor of English Education at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. She is the recipient of many academic awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship to the U.S. and the 1991 Education Award in Nepal. She has studied in the U.K. and in India and is an academic advisor and founding member of the Triyog Girls' School in Kathmandu. Dr. Basnyat has served on the READ Nepal's Advisory Board since 1996.
Dr. Nirmal Kandel, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Kandel is a medical doctor and public health specialist. He has served as National Program Officer in Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response for the World Health Organisation, Nepal. Currently he holds the position of Technical Officer, Avian Influenza for the World Health Organisation, Indonesia. Dr. Kandel has served on READ Nepal's Advisory Board since 2009.
Mr. Manohar Bhattarai, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Manohar Bhattarai’s experience in the IT domain spans more than two decades. Mr. Bhattarai currently serves as the Vice Chairman of High Level Commission for IT, an IT policy and strategy outfit chaired by the Prime Minister of Nepal. Mr. Bhattarai has wide ranging experience working both for the public and private sectors. He has served on READ Nepal's Advisory Board since 2009.
Mr. Rabindra Puri, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Rabindra Puri is an established architect who has worked with numerous NGOs and INGOs in the development sector. Early in his career, he worked on the restoration of the Patan Museum. He then redesigned a home that was later declared a Model House by the Bhaktapur Municipality. In 2004 he was awarded the Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Award. He also received the UNESCO Award for his Model House Project of 2004- 2005. Mr. Puri has restored 30 old homes and built many new homes incorporating traditional Nepali styles. He holds a master's degree in development policy with distinction from Bremen University, in Germany. He also holds bachelor's degree in fine arts, commerce, law and humanities from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Mr. Puri has been on READ Nepal's Advisory Board since 2010.
Mr. Bhola Kumar Shrestha, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Bhola Kumar Shrestha, Former President of Nepal Library Association, has known READ Nepal for 14 years. He has been helping READ with training programs and curriculum development for the training of READ staff. He has led various other associations and libraries of Nepal such as Regional Federation of South Asian Library Association (REFSALA), Kaisher Library, Kathmandu Valley Public Library and Nepal National Library. He holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Delhi, India. Mr. Shrestha has served on READ Nepal's Advisory Board since 2009.
Ms. Era Shrestha, Advisory Board Member
Ms. Shrestha is an MBA graduate with a specialization in Human Resources Development, Cross Culture and Global Management and Organization Development (OD). Ms. Shrestha specializes in organizational review and assessments, OD interventions, strategic planning process facilitation and facilitation of development programme design and management. Ms. Shrestha also has professional experience in undertaking review, assessment, evaluations, research and studies. Ms. Shrestha has conducted several organizational reviews, capacity assessments, OD/Capacity development strategy development and facilitated strategic planning process including projects/programme design, planning, reviews and evaluations. She has also successfully coordinated, managed and facilitated several events such as international evaluation and fact finding missions, including workshops and seminars.