Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of JVS/GWP Nepal represents a multi-disciplinary team with backgrounds in planning, engineering, environmental science, resource economics, law, political science, sociology, Psychology, public administration and management. It consists of the following functionaries:

Dr. Vijaya Shrestha - President

Education:
Ph.D. (Rural Sociology)
B.Sc. and M. Sc. (Home Economics)

Key Expertise:
Social development, Water and Sanitation, local governance, Decentralization Expert

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
MOH-GON, UNFPA/New ERA, (2004-2006); Team Leader, NFHP/SOLUTIONS, Nepal, (2004); Principal Investigator, HELVETAS/Nepal, (2003); Task Manager, World Bank-ITAD, UK, (2002) Consultant, DFID/Nepal, (2000); Evaluation Expert, HELVETAS Nepal, (1997); Team Leader and Social Facilitation Advisor, Department of Water Supply & Sewerage, MHPP, Nepal, (1997-2001); Community Development, ADB Manila, January - March 1996; Consultant, UNICEF, Nepal, (1994); Advisor, Council for Tribal and Rural Development (CTRD) Orissa, India, (1993-1994); Health Consultant, WHO, Western Pacific Region, Manila, (1992); Contribution in formulation of policy in the area of health water supply, reproduction health, forestry and women development as short-term consultant and/or Member of Task Force/Advisor/Board Member to National Planning Commission (1986), National Commission on Population (1983-1985)

Mr. Som Nath Poudel - Vice-President

Education:
M.E. (Water Resources Engineering)
M.A. (Nepali Literature)

Key Expertise
Water resources development, planning and management

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
July 2004 – till date: Freelance Consultant, Water Resources Sector; Sep. 2003 – July 2004:Vice Chairman, CTEVT; Dec 2001 – Aug. 2003: Deputy Team Leader, Project Management Consultant Metcalf and Eddy et.al, Melamchi Water Supply Project, Nepal; Aug. 1999 – date: Director, SILT Consultants (P.) Ltd.; Aug. 1997 – July 1999: Executive Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat; Nov. 1995 –Jul 1997: Deputy Director General, PDMED, DOI (Alter Reinstatement by the Supreme Court); Sept. 1993 - Oct. 1995: Managing Director, EARTH Consults (P.) Ltd.; Dec. 1992 - Nov. 1994: Director, Water Resources and Senior Irrigation & Drainage Engineer, Nepal Consult (P) Ltd.; Jan. 1990 - April 1990: Executive Director/Irrigation Specialist Water and Energy Commission Secretariat; Jan. 1986 - Feb. 1986: Project Manager, Second Hill Irrigation Project (Seti Zone), DOI; Oct. 1983 - Dec. 1985:Project Manager/Project Engineer, Chitwan Irrigation Project;1970 - 1971:Project-in-charge/Team Leader, Chaurjahari Tar Irrigation Project (Rukum), DOI;1986 - 1988: Free Lance Consultant, preparation of technical reports. Important contribution in this period was preparation of Design Guidelines for Surface Irrigation in the Terai and Hills of Nepal, (WECS/ CIWES); Member - Global Water Partnership; Life Member, Nepal Engineers' Association; Birendra – Aiswarya Padak, 2002, Trishakti Patta III, 1996, Gorkha Dakshinbahu III, 1991, Janamat Sangraha Padak, 1979, Shuva Rajyavishek Padak, 1973, and Mahendra Vidya Bhusan, 1970

Dr. Upendra Gautam - Treasurer

Education:
PhD (Public Administration) : Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
BA, MA (Political Science): Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu;

Key Expertise:
Institution development

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
Regional Council Member, GWP South Asia; In the last more than 25 years working as a consulting expert for USAID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, FAO, UNDP and other international institutions, he has contributed to institutional and community development in the field of water resources management in general and irrigation management in particular in Nepal, the Philippines, India, China and Guiana. He has been associated with the field of journalism and editing for more than three decades both as an editor and free lance writer. He started his public career in 1975 as a lecturer (later Professor) of rural development and institution building at the Campus of Public Administration, Tribhuvan University and Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University. He has acted as a founding authority in promoting non-governmental and private organizations in Nepal like Consolidated Management Service Nepal Pvt. Ltd (www.cmsnepal.org), Nepal Engineering College (www.nec.edu.np) , Jalsrot Vikash Sanstha (Water Resources Development Association-www.jvs-nwp.org.np), China Study Center-Nepal (www.cscnepal.org.np) and Farmer-Managed Irrigation System Promotion Trust, Nepal. His training includes Decentralization, Management and Finance, CEDA, Nepal/ Associates in Rural Development, USA 1989 and Mass Media, Local Government Institutions and European Community in Germany, England and Belgium 1981

Mr. Bal Krishna Prasai - Executive Committee Member

Education:
MBA 1989 De La Salle University, Philippines
M.Sc. (Zoology) 1981 Tribhuwan University

Key Expertise:
Social Accountability

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
Principal Social Accountability Practitioner for the CECI PRAN project Strengthening Drinking Water and Sanitation Sector Services through Enhanced Accountability Measures(2011-2012); Anti-corruption Expert, UNDP/NORAD funded Project for a background study on anti-corruption efforts, lesson learned and possible future initiatives for Nepal(2010); Secretary, Institutional Strengthening of CIAA Project(DANIDA, 2001-2003);Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, GoN (2005-2006); Chief Officer, National Vigilance Centre, Anti-Corruption Preventive Programs(2005); Chief District Officer, (Jumla, Dang, Nawalparasi, Saptari, and Banke), Promotion of good governance at local level(1995-2002); Chairperson of steering committee, Rural Access Improvement and Decentralization Project (RAIDP), Ministry of Local Development(WB); Coordinator, UNIDO funded project Enabling Activities on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, GoN.

Mr Shital Babu Regmi
Executive Committee Member

Education:
Master of Engineering: water Resources, AIT Thailand

Key Expertise:
Water and Energy

Summary of Qualifications:
Mr. Regmee held various positions as Executive Secretary of Water and Energy Commission, Executive Director of Water and Energy Commission, Director at Department of Irrigation, Director General at Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention. He has also worked as a Project manager in Groundwater Resources Development project, Director of western Regional Irrigation Directorate of Pokhara. He also worked as an Engineer at Gandak Project. He has also served as a Joint Secretary at Ministry of Water Resources.

Mr Sriranjan Lacoul-
Executive Committee Member

Education:
Master of Engineering: McGill, Montreal, Canada-1986 (Scholarship of the CIDA)

Post Graduate Course:
Environment Economics, Harvard University, USA-1999 (Scholarship of USAID)

Key Expertise:
Hydropower Development, Hydropower Policy

Summary of Qualifications:
Mr Lacoul held various positions such as Project Manager at Pancheswar Multipurpose Project; Division Chief at Department of Electricity Development and Policy and Environment Division, Ministry of Water Resources. Likewise, he has worked as Deputy Director General, Privatization Division, Department of Electricity Development and Director General, Department of Electricity Development. He has also experience of working as Division Chief at Program and Monitoring Division, Ministry of Energy, Division Chief (Joint Secretary), Water Resources Division, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Energy Division, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Policy and Environment Division, Ministry of Energy. He also worked as Secretary for Water and Energy Commission Secretariat and Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

Dr. Karuna Onta
Executive Committee Member

Education:
PhD (Social Psychology)

Key Expertise:
Gender development, social mobilization vulnerable groups and livelihood

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
At present working with DFID, Dr. Karuna has experience of over 15 years working in local and international non-government organizations in various capacities. She has wider experience of liaising with the government multiple line ministries, a variety of donors and local, regional and international program networks. Prior to working for CARE Nepal, she served as the Resident Advisor for AED/Linkages project in Nepal and India for about six years. She was responsible for over program management and quality assurance in several states/districts in India and Nepal respectively. She has been applying the rights-based approach at all stages of project cycle and beyond. She is skilled in strategy development, fund raising, and maintaining donor relationship; carrying out policy advocacy with government and non-government stakeholders. She has worked six years with Johns Hopkins University/Population Communication Services managing reproductive health project. Karuna in particular is skilled in coordinating research initiatives, generating learning from the field experience and integrating it into the new program design process and strategy formulation. She has excellent writing skills, good experience of designing and executing research, developing communication and program strategies and facilitating underlying causes of poverty analysis. Karuna has carried out short term assignments in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Vietnam. She is an active member of two leading non-government organizations of Nepal i.e. Global Water Partnership Nepal and Nepal Public Health Foundation.

Ms. Sabitri Tripathi
- Executive Committee Member

Education:
M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry (1991): Tribhuwan University, Nepal

Key Expertise:
Water, Sanitation, Training

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
Regional Council Member, GWP South Asia (2013-2016); Head of the Department (Science and Humanities Department) of Nepal Engineering College (nec), Changunarayan, Bhaktapur was a former Lecturer at Tribhuwan University. Currently she serves as Associate Professor and Coordinator ofSafeDrinking Water and Sanitation Management Committee at nec. She had been selected as a Women Water Academics from Nepal by South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) Hyderabad, India in 2009. She has worked as a Coordinator/Researcher on “Development of appropriate safe drinking water (SDW) supply and sanitation system for slums and squatters in Nepal” a project funded by DelPHE (Development Partners in Higher Education) Program of DfID and British Council. She had various publications on water and sanitation. She was Editor of the book “Profile of women water professionals in Nepal” 2010 and the conference proceedings on Development of appropriate water supply sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions to the informal settlements and marginalized communities, 2010

Mr. Batu Krishna Uprety
Executive Committee Member

Education:
Masters in Botany (Ecology Special Paper) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Trained on environmental administration from Japan in 1987 and on environmental studies from Philippines in 1986.

Key Expertise:
Climate Change, EIA, Ecology

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
Mr. Uprety joined the Environmental Impact Study Project as an Ecologist in 1983, and worked in the Ministries of Forests and Soil Conservation, and Environment from January 1992 to May 2012 in different capacities. Mr. Uprety was involved in developing guidelines and institutionalizing Environmental Assessment (EA) system from 1992 to 2008, including review of IEE and EIA reports and issuance of environmental clearance. He functioned as the Deputy Director-General in the Department of Plant Resources from September 2009 to March 2010.

During 2007 and 2012, Mr. Uprety was involved in developing proposals and securing funds for climate change activities including the preparation of NAPA, Second National Communication, Technology Needs Assessment, Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Managing Climate Change and Environment, Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience, and Scaling-up Renewable Energy Programme. Mr. Uprety facilitated/coordinated activities related to NAPA preparation and implementation of NAPA prioritised most urgent and immediate actions, including the preparation of the National Framework on LAPA (Location Adaptation Plan for Action) (2011), and climate Change Policy, 2011. Mr. Uprety was equally engaged in promoting and issuing Letter of Approval to CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Projects, and for the establishment of Climate Change Council, Multi-stakeholder Climate Change Initiatives, LDC coordination on UNFCCC process, and Climate Change Negotiating Team. Mr. Uprety was Involved in organising Regional Conference on Climate Change from Kathmandu to Copenhagen in 2009, 18th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group in 2010, Global Stakeholder Consultation on Standardised Baseline under the CDM, Regional Meeting of the DNA (Designated National Authority) Forum for Asia and the Pacific, and Workshop on Enhancing Regional Distribution of CDM in Asia and the Pacific in 2011, and International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change in 2012.

Expert Member in Climate Change Council (chaired by the Prime Minister), Member of the Core Negotiating Team on UNFCCC, and Vice-Chair of the LDC Expert Group, Mr. Uprety was awarded with Science and Technology Talent Awardon the environment (June 2005) from Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, and received Letter of Appreciations by Environmental Ministry and National Committee on Man and Biosphere in 2000, 1993, and 1984. Mr. Uprety offers services on EIA and climate change adaptation.

Mr. Prakash Gaudel
Executive Committee Member

Education:
M.Sc. (Interdisciplinary Water Resources Management), Pokhara University, 2013
M.Sc. (Environment Science), Kurukshetra University, India, 2009

Key Expertise:
Integrated Water Resources Management, Environmental Management, Climate Change

Summary of Qualification and Achievements:
He worked at WWF-India, New Delhi as an intern from June to August, 2008 and got trained in GIS and Remote Sensing Application. From January to June, 2011, he worked as a Trainee Manager from at JVS/GWP Nepal. He has participated and presented papers in various national and international workshops/conferences in Russia, Thailand and South Asia. His paper entitled Accessibility of the Urban Poor to Safe Water Supply: A Case of Small Town Water Supply Scheme in Nepal is recently published in an edited book -Globalization of Water Governance in South Asia by Routledge Publisher, New Delhi, India. He also prepared a Compendium of Laws related to Conservation and Utilization of Water Resources in Nepal which was published by GWP Nepal/JVS in 2013. His research interests include issues related to transboundary water management, climate change and adaptation, and environmental impact assessments.

Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel
Executive Committee Member

Education:
Ph.D. in Hydraulic and Sediment Engineering UNESCO-IHE and Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2010
M.Sc. - Hydraulic Engineering, UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands, in 2002
BE (Civil Engineering), University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee), India in 1989

Key Expertise:
Planning, design, construction monitoring and management of irrigation and river engineering works in Nepal

Summary of Qualification:
In February 1990, he joined the Department of Irrigation under the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Nepal. From 1990 till 2003, he worked at different district irrigation offices and on large scale irrigation schemes. His works included: collection and analysis of hydrological and meteorological data, preparation of feasibility assessment reports, design of the schemes and preparation of bidding documents, institutional development work of Water Users Associations, construction management and quality control, training of the farmers for scheme operation and maintenance, financial management and coordination with other district agencies working in the field of water and agriculture.
Since 2008, Mr. Paudel as a senior consultant Water Resources Engineer has been providing input in the design and construction management related assignments especially of water and energy sectors. His major works include the hydraulic modelling, sediment transport analysis and hydraulic design of Rani JamaraKulariya Irrigation Project (38,300 ha); analysis and design review of sediment removal facilities for Sikta Irrigation Project (43,766 ha) and Bagmati Irrigation Project (30,000 ha); hydrodynamic modelling of 142 km stretch of Karnali River for impact assessment due to 900 MW peaking hydropower plant; and design review of river engineering works in the Mahakali river for protection of Darchula district headquarter.

Ms Sangita Maharjan
Executive Committee Member

Education:
M.Sc. in Environmental Science, T.U.-2008

Key Expertise:
Environment, Natural Resource, Climate Change and Water Resources Development
Ms. Maharjan was rewarded as the “Next Generation of Conservation Leaders in the Himalaya” in 2008, Resources Himalaya Foundation. She is also the life member of the “Environmental Graduates in Himalaya”.
Ms. Maharjan has an overall experience of more than 9 years in the profession. Since 2007, she worked in the different Non-governmental Organization as a Coordinator, Program Officer and environmental expert, mainly in Ministry of Local Development Affairs and British Council funded, Best From Waste Project and several other projects funded under different donor agencies. Since 2012, as consultant Environmental Expert she has been involved in various projects including Irrigation and Water Resources Management Project-Component A, Preparation of Long Term Vision of Nepal`s Water Resources and Energy Sectors-2050 A.D., Formation of Basin/Sub-basin Committee and Preparation of Water Access Mechanism and Command Area Development Study of Rani, Jamara and Kulariya Irrigation Systems Phase-II Project and Community Irrigation Project.