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
Public Sector Specialist

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.
Avash Nirola
Mr. Nirola holds a Masters Degree Rural Development from Tribhuvan University. He has more than half a decade of experience in coordination and facilitation of capacity building programs for both private and public sector in the country. He specializes in program management and capacity building. Currently, he coordinates trainings for various ministiries and I/NGOS.
 
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. 

 
Hritika Rana
Ms. Rana holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. She has over four years experience in the field of development, including gender and social inclusion, market and development, good governance, access to justice, disaster risk reduction and community-based approaches. She has been particularly involved in project implementation; developing strategic plans, project design, conducting research, evaluation and policy analysis.

Bishnu Maya Dhungana
Dr. Dhungana has a Ph.D. and Masters degree in Gender and Development Studies from AIT, Thailand. She has worked as a Consultant in evaluation of Oxfam supported projects for OxfamGB, Nepal. She currently works as a free lance consultant in the field of Human Rights and Peace Building and Conflict Management.
 
Anil Rajbhandari
Mr. Rajbhandari has an MBA degree in International Business from AIT, Thailand and has worked as a Consultant for the United Nations Environmental Program, where he was responsible for planning and managing the Poverty Environment Initiative program for Central Asian countries. He was also the Senior Program Officer at AIT Extension Thailand,where he worked on the training and capacity building program coordinator. He was responsible for developing training and capacity building need assessment reports, setting training objectives, and strategy.


Shalinta Sigdel 
A finance graduate from Modi Academic International Institute (MAII), Ms. Sigdel has more than two years of experience working in the development sector. She has been involved in projects related to Micro Enterprises, Organizational Development, Education and Financial Behaviour in districts like Accham, Doti, Rolpa, Banke and Morang. In the past, she has worked as business development executive for MAII. She is currently involved in a research entitled ‘Analysis of Budget preparation and implementation mechanism in Nepal’ under Alliance for Social Dialogue as a Junior Fellow. Besides her involvement in the development sector, she also writes articles on economic issues for New Spotlight fortnightly.

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. 

Shawar 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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