Core Team

Dr. Shailendra Sigdel
Director
Dr. Sigdel holds a Ph.D. in Development Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has over twenty years of experience in design, management and monitoring of governance related training of  civil servants, NGOs and civil society with specific focus on Strategic Planning, Organizational Design, and Human Resource Management.  He serves as a Country Representative of AIT Extension, Thailand, and has previously been associated with organizations/projects like Nepal Administrative Staff College, DFID, Enabling State Program (ESP) and USAID.
 
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.

Shubheksha Rana 
Director of Programs
With a Master's Degree in Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), USA, Ms. Rana has over eight years of experience with national and international organizations in Nepal and USA. Her expertise includes Program Designing and Management, Grant Writing, Supervision, Social Advocacy, M&E and Research. In the USA, she worked as the Interim Executive Director at National Association of Social Workers, Administrative Specialist at HPU and Advocacy Campaigner at Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS). In Nepal, she has worked with SAATH, Thames International College, Maiti Nepal, and Social Welfare Council.
 
Ankit Babu Adhikari
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Co-ordinator
Ankit has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development from Kathmandu University. He has a professional background in journalism, having worked as reporter and copy-editor for national dailies The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times. Before FDM, he was working as human rights and communication officer for TRIAL International, a Geneva-based human rights NGO. That apart, Ankit has also been involved in research and evaluation studies in disaster, human rights, education, disability, among other sectors. He has done research-related consultancies for HelpAge International, CBM International, OXFAM, FINN Church Aid and Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre of Disabled Children (HRDC), as field supervisor, qualitative data analyst, writer and copy editor. Ankit is also a professional musician.
 
Prapti Adhikari
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Co-ordinator
Prapti Adhikari is a Development Studies Graduate from Kathmandu University. She completed Bachelor’s in Social Work from St. Xavier’s college.  She holds over four years of experience in the development sector. She has the programmatic experiences of planning, implementation and monitoring of programs in child protection. Her expertise lies in Quantitative research and Monitoring and Evaluation.  Previously she had led on the Baseline study, mid-term and final evaluation of projects related to child protection and earthquake recovery support.
 
Gunjan Khanal
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer
Gunjan has a dual specialization with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from Kathmandu University and a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from Pokhara University. He has more than three years of experience in project management, monitoring, and evaluation, management and environment research. He has worked as a researcher for Osaka University- Japan, Kathmandu University School of Education, Plan International - Nepal, Save the Children and Red Cross. Before FDM, Gunjan worked as a Business Development Officer for two years in Development Matrix Pvt. Ltd. He also worked as a lecturer of Research Methodology in Kathmandu Model College and CAMAD College. He has recently been accredited as an academic member of Society of Quantitative Analysts – Washington, USA. 

Pradeep Bashyal
Program Officer
Pradeep has a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Tribhuvan University. He has a professional background in journalism, with experience in independent research works, and media consultancy. His areas of research include media, foreign policy, migration, international cooperation and development, disaster resilience, among others. He has conducted a 3-month-long study on China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, based in Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, Chengdu. He has also co-authored a Save The Children-funded book on child clubs of Nepal, based on case-studies of Nawalparasi district. Before joining FDM, he was Digital Editor in Nepal Magazine published by Kantipur Media Group. He has also extensively written research-based features for international publications including The Washington Post, Buzzfeed News, National Geographic, Asian Geographic, among others.
 
Puja Rai
Program Officer
Puja is an MBA graduate from South Asian Institute of Management (SAIM) with a major in finance and minor in organization behavior. She completed her Bachelor's degree from DAV College. She has been involved in research of the impact of ownership pattern on financial performance of commercial banks in Nepal. She was also involved in UNICEF's Capacity Needs Assessment and Capacity Development of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and its Line Agencies. Currently, she is involved in education-related projects like VSO's Teaching to Learn, British Council's Connecting Classroom. She has previously worked for Nepal Bank Limited and Rastriya Banijya Bank.
 
 
Samin Rijal
Program Officer 
 
A social work graduate from Thames International College, Ms. Rijal has more than three years of experience working in the developmental sector. She has worked as a research assistant for NGO Federation to prepare "The Social Development Report 2015". Similarly, she was the external evaluator for MEDEP. Her expertise are research and program management. In the past, she has worked with Thames International College as the administrative supervisor and BSW field-work supervisor.Besides this, she has also worked with Ageing Nepal, SAATH, YUWA, and Accountability Lab. 
 
Kshitiz Khanal
Program Officer
Mr. Khanal has more than four years of experience in the development field. He is a social work graduate of Thames International College. His expertise lies in the area of program implementation and research.  He has worked as a researcher for a study on Gender and Public Transport for World Bank. Further he was involved in the research of Review of 9 Minimum Characteristics of Disaster Resilience Community under Durham University and study on understanding social norms related to VAWG and Justice Seeking in collaboration with Palladium. As a trained RCA researcher, he was involved in the field study for the Earthquake RCA for IP-SSJ MEL component in Gorkha and for RAP 3 in Humla. In the past, he has worked with YUWA as a Project Coordinator for US Embassy Youth Council Nepal. Currently, he is also a board member of a social work organisation, SAATH. 

Stuti Amatya
Research Associate

Stuti has a Masters Degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University. She completed her Bachelor’s in Business Studies from St. Xavier’s College. She has more than four years of experience working in the developmental sector. She has been involved in the areas of Social Development, Women Empowerment, Gender and Child Right. Her expertise lies in the field of research and management. Currently, she is involved in assessment of the “Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) in Nepal” for International Labour Organization (ILO).



Neha Uprety
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (Consultant) 
Neha Uprety holds a master degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. She has more than three years of experience in the development sector. Her areas of expertise lie in peacebuilding, communicating with disaster affected communities, women’s economic empowerment, community engagement, human rights and others. She has coordinated a program for bringing youth and police together for addressing drivers of conflict and building trust between them for mutual cooperation and support through community activities that matter to them. Her competencies include extensive research and program experience. Prior to joining FDM, she worked as a program officer for Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. She had also worked as a volunteer for Family Planning Association of Nepal(FPAN) on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH). Her additional competencies includes report writing and blogging.  She has cowritten a blog for the LSE South Asia Center on ‘Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu’ and also co-authored a report titled ‘Are You Listening Now? Community Perspectives on Communicating with Communities During the Nepal Earthquake Response’. 


Sushila Adhikari
Administrative Officer
Ms. Adhikari has a Bachelors degree in Business Studies, with a specialization in Accounts, from Tribhuwan University. She records and manages office petty cash, journals, payments, sales vouchers, and other related financial files, assists in making deposits and payments of TDS, preparing monthly reconciliation of cash with bank statements and monthly expenses report, and reviewing and processing travel expenses.

Pooja Thapa
Finance Officer 
Ms. Thapa has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Finance, from Vinayak Mission University. She prepares monthly expenses reports and inventories of FDM equipment and monitors assets of the organization, covers the office tele-communication payment system, reviews supporting documents and prepare voucher daily and also keep records of other financial documents.

Suraj Rajbahak
Receptionist                               

Support Staff:   
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