Associate Consultants

Ram Bhakta Shrestha 
Mr. Shrestha has close to three decades of work experience in training and research. A post graduate in Management Learning from University of Lancaster, Mr. Shrestha'a areas of expertise include Training and Development, Management and Organisation Development, Human Resource Management and Managerial Learning and Development. He currently serves as the Director of Centre for Organisation Development (a semi-autonomous entity within Nepal Administrative Staff College). He has been a part of a number of assignments for institutions like UN, DFID, World Bank and Government of Nepal.

Bhupadas Rajbhandari
Mr. Rajbhandari received his Masters in Rural Development Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. He has over 20 years of experience working in Asia and West Africa in organizational management, policy advocacy, development planning, capacity building of NGOs, partnership development, and donor coordination.

Jeevan Prasad Oli
With a double Master’s degree in Management from T.U. Nepal and Economics from Birmingham University, UK, Mr. Jeevan Prasad Oli has over three decades-long experience working in the public sector. He served as Gazetted Class III, Class II, and Class I, Administrative Officer for almost three decades under Nepal Government, Ministry of Home Affairs and its Department and Offices. He has also served as the Training and Research Officer under Nepal Administrative Staff College for several years where he had a special responsibility of training government and public enterprises officers including preparation of the training materials and conducting the research activities. He has served in the National Planning Commission Secretariat where he was responsible for the formulation, approval, monitoring and evaluation of the agriculture-related plans. Mr. Oli has been awarded with the multiple medals from the Nepal Government for his contribution in the public administration, disaster control and various fields. He has been decorated with the awards like 'SewaPadak', “Silver Jubilee Medal”, ‘Disaster Relief Medal’, ‘DirghaSewaPadak’, ‘JanpadSewaPadak’ etc. in a different period of time.
 
Nirmal Kumar BK 
Mr. BK is currently a Ph.D. student at Kathmandu University on the subject of Livelihoods Future in the Resource Scarce Area. He has a decade and half of experience in the field of livelihood. Mr. BK has worked for various national and international agencies including DNF, DFID and LFP. His expertise includes project planning, implementation, and monitoring. 
 

Abijit Sharma
A political science graduate from Delhi University, Mr. Sharma has been involved in research and evaluation studies pertaining to areas of Education, Media, Financial Behaviour and Development. He is acquainted with both quantitative and qualitative methods of research, having conducted studies for projects under ITAD, Samarth NMDP, Mercy Corps, Nepal Police and SBFIC covering all five development regions. An avid writer, he contributes regularly to the New Spotlight fortnightly magazine. 

Sawar Basnet Thapa
Ms. Basnet holds a Masters Degree in law (LLM) from Pune University, India. She has been serving in various Government agencies, I/NGOs and consulting firms in development planning, good governance and accountability,  policy reviews and research studies as a consultant over ten years. She is a seed staff of FDM since its operation.
She voluntarily serves for Down’s syndrome Association of Nepal, Health Promotion and Recreation Center for Aged Women and Naad Sangeet Pathsala, (Music School). She also holds Bachelor in Music (B.Mus in Sitar) from Ilahabad University, India.


Bijay Kumar Shahi
Mr. Shahi has been working in the public policy and research sector for past two years. He holds a Master's degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. He has experience of working in areas of tourism, conflict, MIS, enterprise development and rural development. Besides being involved in the field of development, he also holds a strong passion for social work and written media. He is actively involved in various NGOs and often writes op-ed articles for various national dailies.
 
Jyoti Singh Bhandari
 
With a Master's Degree in Law from University School of Law and Legal Studies, India, Ms. Bhandari has over six years of experience of work in national and international organizations in Nepal and India. She has been involved in various research studies in the areas of Social Development, Education, Gender and Child Right. Her expertise includes Research and Advocacy. Before FDM, She had worked as Teaching Assistant in National and International Law Schools. She also worked as the Vice President of World Organization of Student and Youth (Delhi) and Secretary Law Students Society Nepal.
 
Low Siew Thiam
Mr. Thiam (Singapore) holds a B .Sc. in Economics (Honours degree) from the London School of Economics. He began his career as a Management Consultant and Educator 10 years ago after a successful career as a corporate executive and  entrepreneur.

Ita O’Donovan
Dr. O’Donovan got her Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Birmingham. She has very rich and wide experience in public sector management at local, regional, and national levels in the UK and overseas. Over the years she has also been providing consultancy services mainly in UK, Eastern Europe, Far East, and South Asia (including India, Sri Lanka, China and Nepal).

Pradeep Kumar Shrestha
Mr. Shrestha has a post graduate degree in Business Administration and Commerce, Chartered Accountancy and post qualification in Information System Audit. He has been involved in auditing and financing management consultancy for the past 25 years.

Ryenaldo Alvarez Caladban
Mr. Calabdan (Philippines) holds a Masters degree in Engineering (Telecommunication) from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has served as Senior Program officer at the AIT Extension, AIT. He has over ten years of experience in designing/developing curriculum and coordinating short-term international training programs, workshops, seminars, and study tours.
 
Deependra Bickram Thapa
Mr. Thapa has more than ten years of experience with different Government agencies of Nepal. He served as the Secretary for the Ministry of Education from 2008-2010. He facilitated and coordinated the School Sector Reform process which resulted in School Sector Reform Plan 2009-2014. It was under his supervision and guidance that the Literacy Program of Nepal was awarded the Confucius UNESCO award in 2010. A Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow in the year 2005, Mr. Thapa also served as the Secretary General (2008/9 – 2010) at National Commission for UNESCO Nepal, Ministry of Education. 

 

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