Associate Consultants

Bhimsen Devkota
Mr. Bhimsen Devkota is a thematic expert on a broad range of topics inclusive of education, nutrition, water and sanitation, behavior change communication, conflict mitigation, social development, human rights and global health security. He has more than 20 years of experience in professional research and consultancy work in South Asia. Mr. Devkota holds a PhD. in Public Health from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom and Masters in Health Education from Tribhuvan University.

Gyanendra Maharjan
Mr. Gyanendra Maharjan holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning, Bachelors degree in Civil and DS in Architecture. He has expertise in GIS based mapping, remote sensing, analysis and report writing with focus on health, social inclusion, safety and environment issues. Mr. Maharjan’s experience of more than 8 years has been an asset to NDRC in various projects.

Chet Nath Kanel
Mr. Chet Nath Kanel is a PhD. Researcher in Development Studies (Study on “Nepal’s Pro-poor Tourism Development Policies and Practices”) in Kathmandu University. He has a Masters degree Public Administration from Tribhuvan University and Master in Resource Management from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He has extensive experience in training/ capacity development programs and workshops in the field of tourism and tourism research.

Tara Bhandari
Mr. Tara Bhandari is an expert in food security and agronomy who has been in the field for the past three decades. He has a Masters degree in Food Security from Nordic Agricultural Academy (NAA), Denmark and Masters in Agriculture from Kuban Agriculture Institute of State University of USSR. Mr. Bhandari has extensive experience working in the agriculture and development field in Nepal.

Sunil Sun Shakya
Mr. Sunil Sun Shakya is a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Consultant who has been in the development field of Nepal for 21 years. He has a Masters degree in Sociology and has extensive experience working with several INGOS and NGOs over the years.

Sagendra Tiwari
Mr. Sagendra Tiwari has a Masters degree in Resource Management from Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, The University of Edinburgh, UK. He also has Post-Graduate Diploma in Forestry (AIFC); two – year course majoring in Forest Management and allied subjects from Indian Forest College, Dehradun, India. Mr. Tiwari has over 20 years of experience in Forest and Natural Resource Management. He has been engaged in the field of community forestry, biodiversity, medicinal plants, non-timber forest products, protected areas, and watershed management. He has 10 years of experience in strategic program development, planning and management. He has been facilitating NDRC in participatory programme planning workshops and developing strategic program, project frameworks and proposals and project cycle management.

Bishnu Hari Poudyal
Mr. Bishnu Hari Poudyal holds several academic recognitions and experience in the field of environment management and development and sociology. He has a Masters degree in Climate Change from Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), Graduate Diploma in Environment Management and Development from Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), Masters in Sociology and Public Administration from Tribhuban University (Kathmandu, Nepal). Mr. Poudyal has organized several trainings and workshops related to forest management and climate change management.

Ngamindra Dahal
Mr. Ngamindra Dahal is a Climate Change and Environment Management Analyst and currently a PhD. scholar in Kathmandu University. He has a Masters degree majoring in Hydro-meteorology from Tribhuwan University. He is a thematic specialist and has extensive experience in climate change adaptation ad hydro-meteorological research.

Bidhya Shrestha
Ms. Bidhya Shrestha is a GESI Expert and currently a PhD scholar in Tribhuwan University majoring in Population Studies. She has a Masters degree from Tribhuwan University in Population Studies. Ms. Shrestha has an experience of more than a decade in the field of population studies and GESI related research.

Chandra Bilas Bhurtel
chandra-bilash-bhurtelChandra Bilash Bhurtel is an Information & Communication Technology (ICT) consultant of NDRC. He has completed Master Degree in Computer Application with Geographic Information System (GIS) and Network Management. He has professional experiences as an active academician and consulting various projects like eGovernance master plan of Nepal and implementing rural internet with Nepal Wireless Networking projects. He also leads IT professional’s community as a president (2011 – 2016) of Information Technology Society (ITS) Nepal and ICT Education and Training committee of CAN Federation.

Binod Sunar
Mr. Binod Sunar is a professional web developer who has been in the field for more than a year. Mr. Sunar has been providing technical support to NDRC.

Sanjay Acharya

Mr. Sanjay Acharya is a Senior Public Finance Management Expert. He holds PhD in Economics from Erasmus University, The Netherlands and Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan. He has been actively engaged as academician and a development practitioner for more than two decades. During this period he has served as a team leader and expert in different organizations including Ministry of Finance, Community Development Program, The Youth Save Initiative, World Food Program etc.

Pankaj Koirala

Mr. Pankaj Koirala is a Poverty Expert. He has completed Master Degree in Economics from International University of Japan and Master Degree in Agriculture Economics from Tribhuwan University. He has published many articles and is providing his service  as an expert in different organizations including UNDP, USAID, FPAN.

Ganesh Raj Acharya

Mr. Ganesh Raj Acharya is a Climate Change Expert. He has completed his MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation with specialization in Policy and Management from Wageningen University, Netherlands and MSc in Natural Resources Management from Pokhara University. As an expert on climate change  and outreach he has provided service in different bilateral agencies and non governmental organizations including IMC World-wide, Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bio-resources (ANSAB).

Jony Mainaly

Ms. Jony Mainaly is a Gender Expert. She holds Master Degree in Environmental Law Certificate  from Duke University School of Law, United States of America. She has been working as a thematic leader for Gender and Marginalized Groups (Social Inclusion). She has professional experiences as an active academician and is involved in different organizations including Digo Bikas Institute, Paralegal etc. She is also the winner of International Climate Champion Award, 2010-11, The British Council.

Birendra Raj Bhatta


Mr. Birendra Raj Bhatta is an Ecologist and a researcher . He holds a Master Degree in Botany and Bachelor in Education from Tribhuwan University.  He has been working as a researcher on ecology. He had professional experiences of more than 10 years as an active academician. Currently, he is involoving in NDRC working as a research fellow in different project.