Subindra Bogati is the Chief Executive of the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. Mr Bogati has been working for conflict transformation and peace process in Nepal through various national and international organisations for the last several years. He has overseen and conducted several household surveys on peacebuilding issues in Nepal. He was a Chevening Fellow at the University of Birmingham on democracy, rule of law and security in 2009. He has MA in International Relations from London Metropolitan University.
Ankita Singh Rathour has been working in the field of gender and armed violence for the last several years. She has a significant experience of working on community security issues. She also has an experience of working in the conflict sensitive development programs with non-governmental organisations. Ankita holds MA in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies and MA in Sociology.
Riya Basnet is an advocate and specialises in human rights and women’s rights. She has an extensive experience working on human rights, gender equality, youth and peacebuilding in Nepal.
In the past, she worked with National Reconstruction Authority as a Communication Consultant, and with Scott Wilson Nepal as a researcher and with Students for Liberty as a South Asia Program Manager. She has organised youth and economic development related conferences and workshops both in national and international levels.
Dr Richard Bowd is a conflict transformation and peacebuilding specialist with over a decade of programming, analysis and research experience in the areas of conflict, peace and security. Dr Bowd has worked in various geographical areas including the Balkans, the Great Lakes region of Africa, East Africa, South-east Asia, South Asia and the Middle East covering a range of activities including: conflict transformation and peacebuilding; gender, peace and security; conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm (DNH) approaches; refugee, IDP and former combatant return and reintegration, civil society strengthening, peace education, armed gang mediation, community security, armed violence reduction, training in conflict management techniques and community mobilisation / outreach and reconciliation in fragile states. This work has been conducted while contracted to small and large INGO’s and the United Nations during which Dr Bowd has held management and advisory positions in projects and programmes ranging from low budget (40,000) to large budget ( 14,000,000), all within the post-conflict context and involving the engagement with and management of a number or national and international stakeholders. Dr Bowd serves as an advisor for the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative.
Jeevan Thapa has more than 10 years’ experience of Administration and financial management in the not-for-profit sector, mainly with international NGOs and NGOs working in the fields of human rights, security and development.
Sindhu Chand has worked for various national and international organisations covering a range of activities including gender / social inclusion, capacity building, institutional and public policy reform, natural resource management and livelihoods. In collaboration with professors from Japan, she was engaged in a research project in Nepal and Japan.
Sindhu is one of the executive board members of South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) Nepal.
Roshan Bahadur Khadka is the media and political consultant. Roshan who specialises in the political, military and national security issues also serves as the executive editor of www.muldharnews.com, a leading Nepali news portal in Nepal. He has reported on military and peacekeeping activities in South Sudan and Republic of Haiti.
Deepak Prakash Bhatt, Ph.D, is a Member of Parliament and serves as an advisor for the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. His areas of interest have been Security Sector Reform (SSR), Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), foreign policy, security cooperation and defense management.
Deepak is a Visiting Faculty at the Nepalese Army Higher Command and Management Course (HCMC), Nagarkot, Army Command and Staff College (ACSC), Shivapuri, Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD), Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (DCPDS), TU, Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS), Dhumbarahi, APF Command and Staff College, Sanogaucharan.
Deepak served as a member of Technical Committee formed under the Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist Army Combatants from March 2009 to September 2010 and member of Secretariat of the Special Committee from October 2010 to December 2012. He also has worked with International Alert, ActionAid, USAID, Saferworld, DFID, Norwegian Embassy, Transitional International, UNDP, IOM and UNHabitat. He has published several articles in books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
Lenin Bista is our Director for Youth Programs. Lenin, now 27, was 12 years old when he was recruited in the Maoist People’s Liberation Army to fight in the insurgency. Lenin served for 4 years in the Maoist Army and was discharged from the UN supervised temporary camps in 2010 for being a minor. Lenin was among 2,973 Maoist guerrillas let go by the UN because they were child soldiers. These former child soldiers are now in their 20s fighting for survival and against social stigma. Lenin is not only fighting to demand justice for his peers but lobbying for social justice and awareness in the hinterlands of western region, Tarai and eastern hills. Lenin has been inviting former child soldiers and other vulnerable young people to share their stories, to play football matches, to sing and to take a moment to breathe. Lenin dreams of attending University to pursue a degree in peace and conflict studies, so that he can build his capacity as a peacemaker and do more to help Nepal recover.
Policing Advisor: A former Additional Inspector General of Nepal Police (AIGP), Bigyan Raj Sharma has over 30 years’ policing experience in a wide range of specialist investigative, operational, training and advisory roles. He firmly believes in community oriented policing and played instrumental role in police initiatives like “Police with Smile” and “Police My Friend”. He has extensive international experience as a commander of international policing operations.
Pawan Kumar Sen is the Executive Director at Himalaya Comprehensive Research and a Consultant Researcher at NPI. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing quantitative surveys since 1998. He has been undertaking series of nationwide political opinion polls called Nepal Contemporary Political Situation since 2004 in a capacity of statistician. He has also involved in several studies on women’s accessibility to health services and facilities. He was one of the team members that conducted citizen and institutional surveys for the project ‘Sajhedari Bikaas’ (Partnership for Local Development) in six districts of mid-west and far-west regions for the USAID Nepal since 2013. He has co-authored six opinion poll reports: 1999 General Election Opinion Poll: How Voters Assess Politics, Parties and Politicians and Nepal Contemporary Political Situation (I, II, III, IV and V). He also provided technical assistance to a survey project in Afghanistan undertaken by The Asia Foundation between 2007 and 2012, and co-authored the reports A Survey of the Afghan People (2008 and 2009). With the aim of developing local capacity within Afghanistan for analysing large scale survey data, he trained Directors of The Asia Foundation Afghanistan in September 2010. He trained these individuals on survey method, survey data analysis and survey report writing. Recently, he worked with Social Science Baha to conduct a citizen perception survey (covering 65 districts with the sample size of 3,440 respondents) for the study ‘Access to Justice: Nationwide Legal Needs Survey’.
Pawan completed his first Master’s degree in Statistics from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) in 1996 and second Master’s degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the International Institute of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (the Netherlands) in 2004. He has published research papers on contemporary political issues and state restructuring issues of Nepal in peer reviewed journals.
Apekshya Prasai is a PhD student in political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a visiting research fellow at Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. Lying at the intersection of gender and militancy, her research interests include women’s participation in armed rebel groups and the impact of gender on militant ideology and strategy. She holds a B.A. in Government and legal studies from Bowdoin College and has previously worked as a research analyst for Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative on their project examining the impact of humanitarian cash transfers on women’s economic empowerment post-2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Advocate Apekshya Niraula is a Project Coordinator at NPI. Before joining NPI, she was a trainer in the field of access to justice, human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and youth. She has received training on South Asia Peace Building and Conflict Transformation, from the following: CONTACT South Asia Peace Building in 2017, SIT Graduate Institute (USA) and is also a fellow for South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative (SARJAI) in 2018. She has presented various research papers as a panellist in different countries of South Asia.
Rajendra Senchurey is the Programme Manager of Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. He holds an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University. He has received several national and international fellowships including the one from UNESCO. He has extensive experience in the areas of interfaith, non-violence, countering violent extremism, transitional justice and building sustainable peace. He regularly writes in Nepal’s leading national dailies as a freelance contributor in those issues.
He lives life with a twin objective – to extirpate the caste-based discrimination and to promote sustainable peace in Nepal and beyond. A staunch advocate of peace, justice and human rights, he has raised his voice in many national and international fora. He is the core team member of ‘Towards an Inclusive Peace’ conference that Caux Forum organises every summer in Switzerland. He is also in the current cohort of KAICIID South and Southeast Asia Fellows Programme.