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.
 
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
Ms. Adhikari is the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Coordinator at Foundation for Development Management (FDM). She completed her Master in Development Studies from Kathmandu University and holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from St. Xavier’s College. With five years of experience in the development sector, her specialization lies in planning, implementation, and monitoring of programs mostly related to child protection. Her expertise lies in Quantitative Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation of development projects. Before this, Ms. Adhikari had led several baseline studies, mid-term and final evaluation of projects related to child protection and earthquake recovery support. At FDM, she has led two research assignments from International Labor Organization (ILO) and Save the Children. Additionally, she has been engaged in an evaluation of the integrated disaster response project in Dhading for United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and also in Justice Outcome Study for Integrated Programme for Strengthening Security and Justice (IP-SSJ) programme of DFID. Currently, she has been coordinating research assignment on open data for The Asia Foundation in 11 municipalities in Nepal.       
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Puja Rai
Program Officer
Ms. Puja Rai has been working with FDM since more than two years in capacity of Business Development Officer and Program Officer. She has been involved in a number of research works at FDM, few to name are -  “Evaluation of Connecting Classroom-Curriculum Mapping and Core Skills (British Council)”, “Assessment of the Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprise (ILO)”, “Endline Evaluation of Teaching to Learn (VSO)”, “Capacity Needs Assessment and Capacity Development of the Ministries and its Line Agencies (UNICEF)”, among others. Having worked in evaluation and research projects in Education sector, Puja has developed a fair thematic understanding of the topic. With extensive research experience, she specializes in designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis and report writing. Before joining FDM, Puja specialized in corporate management with a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Pokhara University. Apart from research, her other areas of expertise are layout designing and infographics. She is currently pursuing her second degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University (TU). Her professional personality is characterized by rigorous analytical, research, communication and team-building skills. 
 
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
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer

Ms. Amatya is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Foundation for Development Management. She has a Master's degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University. During her four years of experience in research and development, she has worked extensively in issues concerning social development, gender - with focus on women empowerment - and child rights. At FDM, she has been involved in various research, and, monitoring and evaluation assignments for clients including British Council, ILO, Palladium, GIZ, Save the Children and United Mission to Nepal. Her additional competencies include data analysis, writing competent research proposals and reports.

Neha Uprety
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer 
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’. 
 
Ashika Sharma
Program Officer
Ashika completed her Master's in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, and Bachelor in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. Prior to working in FDM, she was involved as a researcher in various research projects pertaining to sociopolitical, socioeconomic, development, governance, and gender issues, in field level as well as coordination and analysis level. Involved in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of project interventions, and other research pertaining to economic, development and policy issues, especially employing the randomized controlled trial (RCT) method she is also competent in  drafting proposals, designing quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and instruments based on program/project logical framework and/or the purview of the study, training enumerators, conducting qualitative fieldwork, coding and analyzing data, reporting, and providing inputs throughout the projects. An  occasionally writer  for The Kathmandu Post, Ashika exhibits proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools along with literature review, transcribing, translating, proofreading, social media outreach and storytelling.
 
Tisha Shakya
Research Associate
Ms. Shakya completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Kathmandu University and has worked in different sectors such as women empowerment, children education, environmental protection, mental health as well as youth development. For the past four years she has worked as an intern in different NGOs and contributed as a volunteer as well. Ms. Shakya has also worked as an executive member in Youth of Shangrila for a year and is currently working as the President of Leo Club of Bagmati. She has knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research and has expertise in data collection, analysis and report writing.
Sajal Mani Dhital
Program Associate
Sajal is currently working as a Programme Associate for Foundation for Development Management.  He was associated with Nepal Economic Forum as a research fellow for a year. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Economics from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He completed his high school from Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu, Nepal, as a GCE A-Level graduate. He is looking forward to achieving greatness through Development Economics and Public Policy. With the knowledge and expertise that he aspires to gain, he aims to create employment opportunities in Nepal and contribute in lowering the number of job seeking out-migrants. He often involves himself in community services and achieves his public service ambitions by getting associated with various social service organizations. Besides, Sajal is a freelance writer, a social dancer and an avid music fan.
 
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:   
Uttam Sapkota             Jamuna Chaulagain                                                                                             
                                                                     
                                                                 
                            


                                                                                  
                     
 
 
 

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