Our Team

Subindra Bogati

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

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

Riya Basnet has been working to promote liberal movement in around south Asian region for the last 3 years and a Founder member of SFL-Nepal. Currently she is one of the executive Board members for SFL south Asia. She has worked as a program-coordinator at Kathmandu Youth Network (amnesty International Nepal). 

Dr Richard Bowd

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

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

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.



Neha Uprety

Neha Uprety works as full-time Program Officer at Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. Her role includes quantitative and qualitative research, report writing and associated project proposal writing. Neha has been involved with the organisation since early 2015. Prior to joining us she worked as a volunteer in a youth group of a prominent international NGO in Kathmandu and is currently a member of the Leo Club of Bhrikuti. Neha completed her BBS and is currently pursuing her masters in sociology from Tribhuvan University in her spare time. 

Trishna Thapa

Trishna Thapa is Program Officer at Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. Trishna primarily works with young people and women on issues related to human rights, peacebuilding and access to justice. Trishna has managed and organized various national and regional youth related projects and events supported by the US Embassy, has facilitated a number of Model United Nations conferences and has conducted dialogue sessions for more than 1000 youth and government officials of Nepal. Trishna is a member of the United States Embassy Youth Council (2016-2017) and is a final year student of LL.M in Human Rights and Gender Justice.

Roshan Bahadur Khadka

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

Deepak Prakash Bhatt, Ph.D, is a Research Fellow at the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative. He also serves as the director of the Nepal Centre for Security Governance. 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. 

Anna S Gautam

Anna S. Gautam is a Researcher at the Nepal Peacebuiilding Initiative. Her key interest and specialisation lies in post-disaster and post-conflict studies. She has previously worked with the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva. She has a MA in Development Studies from Graduate Institute, Geneva and a BA in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, Wales, the UK.

Lenin Bista

Lenin Bista is our Youth Programme Coordinator. 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.

Bigyan Raj Sharma

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.