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.
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. 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) 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. Devi Maya Rai, Office Aid
Devi is the READ Nepal Office Aid. She handles miscellaneous duties to ensure the smooth operation of the office.