Meet with our Enthusias from IHRR.

We work as a team to generate, explore, build and validate ideas. We also contextualize innovations around the world to find the best fitting solutions to local problems.

Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Expert

Dr. Sanjaya Devkota

Dr. Devkota has been planning and monitoring number of development projects, applying the applications of GIS and RS in Geo-hazards, and resources planning. His Key research interests include Landslides and Flood Hazard Assessment and Mitigation, Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Rockfall modelling, EWS for landslide and flood; IWMP; Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation; Eco-safe roads, Nature-based Solutions for hazards and disaster risk reduction/mitigation, Hydropower and other infrastructure study and planning and Quality Control; Environmental Impact Studies, hydrological analysis, among others!

Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Purna Chandra Lal Rajbhandari

Mr. Rajbhandari has more than three decades of research and development experience in climate change, environment, natural resource management working at local & national level as government official and regional level as UNEP officer and as researcher with Asian Institute of Technology. Mr. Rajbhandari Served as Nepal Country Project Lead for World Bank Project on Climate Adaption and Resilience (CARE) for South Asia implemented by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) coordinating 15 plus government ministries and departments implementing the four thematic sectors: Agriculture, Water, Transport and Climate Policy Planning and finance; His specialties is in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation, vulnerability assessment, soil conservation, watershed conservation planning and management, ecosystem restoration, participatory natural resources management, road slope stabilization, GIS and remote sensing technologies, ecosystem based adaptation (EbA), and Ecosystem based Disaster risk reduction and Early warning.

Executive Director

Er. Suraj Gautam

A Youth Activist, Researcher and an Entrepreneur Healthy experience in leading DRR related projects, Trans boundary research, conducting risk assessments, using frontier technologies like Drones for DRR planning and urban development. Key research interests include the study of Geo-Hazards, Climate Change, Flood/Landslides Risk Mapping, Modelling, and Early Warning System.

Administration & Finance Coordinator (AFC)

Ms. Sujata Chhetri

Ms. Sujata Chhetri, our Administration & Finance Coordinator, a dynamic professional with over 9 years of experience in the I/NGO sector. Armed with a Master's degree in Business Studies, specialized in Accounting and Taxation from Tribhuvan University, and a semi-qualified ACCA certification from the British College, Thapathali, Ms. Sujata brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Known for her unwavering loyalty, professionalism, and supportiveness, she excels in ensuring compliance and monitoring standards. Ms. Sujata's journey reflects her vision and courage, while her warmth and passion make her an invaluable asset to our organization and its stakeholders.

Research Assistant

Yurika Sherpa

Yurika Sherpa, our dedicated employee with a background in Environmental Science. She is committed to working towards climate adaptation, addressing environmental issues, promoting biodiversity, advocating for animal welfare, and contributing to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) efforts. With her strong academic foundation and passion for environmental sustainability, Yurika is a valuable asset to our team. We are excited to have her expertise and enthusiasm as we continue our mission to address pressing environmental challenges and create a more resilient future.

Intern DRR and CCA

Shraddha Acharya

Shraddha thrives on fieldwork, analyzing data, and uncovering insights. Software like ArcGIS fuels her passion for creating compelling maps and presentations. She is eager to learn, contribute, and make a significant impact in the fascinating world of geology.

Intern DRR and CCA

Vivek Dumre

Vivek Dumre is an enthusiastic intern specializing in DRR and CCA at IHRR. With a background in Geomatics Engineering and a passion for spatial analysis, Vivek excels in GIS, RS, Open mapping, and field surveying. Committed to leveraging technology and open data principles, he actively engages in research, data analysis, and community outreach projects aimed at enhancing disaster preparedness and promoting sustainable development in the Himalayan region. Vivek's proficiency in GIS and Remote Sensing, along with his dedication to community-driven initiatives, makes him a valuable asset to our team as we work towards a more resilient future.

Program Officer

Bijay Banstola

Bijay Banstola, a dedicated professional with a Master's degree in geology, offers a wealth of experience and skills relevant to the Program Officer role. With expertise in conducting geological studies, feasibility assessments, and GIS analysis, combined with a proven track record of project coordination and management, Bijay brings valuable contributions to program planning and implementation. His strong communication skills along with his ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders, make him well-suited for ensuring the success and impact of program initiatives.

Thematic Lead

Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar

Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar, hailing from Nepal, is a distinguished expert in Sustainable Agriculture, holding a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Hebei Agricultural University. Her expertise spans diverse areas, including farming systems, value chain analysis, climate-smart agriculture, disaster management, and risk assessment. Currently, Dr. Thapa serves as the Chief Community Officer at SCOLAR Network, a youth platform fostering connections among individuals from varied backgrounds within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization region. In this capacity, she has successfully established 15 hubs across nine countries, providing a platform for youth to address local issues. Currently, she is leading the UN Women project on " Project Name: “Research on climate-smart technologies to reduce women’s time poverty and work drudgery of Nepal” at the Institute of Himalayan Risk Reduction (IHRR). As a Team Lead and Sustainable Agriculture and NRM Expert at NAXA, Dr. Thapa is at the forefront of the Climate Resilient Farming Plan, Comprehensive Assessment of Value Chains, and Post-harvest Management projects with ICIMOD, funded by UNDP under the RERAS initiative. She has planned and executed the overall project and conducted numerous Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews in the Jumla district, contributing significantly to project outcomes. Additionally, she serves as a Sustainable Expert at Practical Action Consulting (PAC), for the CASA project. Dr. Thapa’s extensive fieldwork spans 14 different districts, conducting numerous Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews. Dr. Thapa also dedicates her expertise to academia as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at HICAST, focusing on Sustainable Agriculture. Her commitment extends to serving as a peer reviewer for various international journals, including Agricultural Systems, Environmental Challenges, and Scientific African Journals. An active committee member of the NRNA Agriculture Committee, Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar is deeply engaged in initiatives aimed at advancing sustainable agriculture and contributing to the academic and practical realms of her field.

Hydrologist

Nitesh Sharma

As a passionate hydrologist specializing in water resources engineering, I bring a blend of academic depth and practical experience to the table. I am committed to transforming traditional water resource management approaches. My expertise lies in utilizing available and remotely sensed datasets from satellites to innovate water resource sector systems, offering vital insights into hydrological patterns and their effects on water resource management. With my background in practice and my desire to progress in hydrological solutions, I am excited to significantly contribute to this new role.

Research Associate

Pooja Lamichhane

I am Pooja Lamichhane.I have done my BSC in Hydrology and Meteorology from Trichandra Multiple Campus. I recently completed my MSC in Hydrology and meteorology from the Central Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology. I was previously engaged in research work related to Meteorology.

Research Assistant

Binod Shrestha

Binod Shrestha is a dedicated Research Assistant and an Environment Science student with a strong background in field research and community engagement. He has extensive experience as an enumerator, skilled in community data collection and surveys, having collaborated with various NGOs, INGOs, and government bodies, including local-level governments. Notably, Binod has conducted a comprehensive survey and data collection in Jajarkot following the earthquake, providing crucial insights for recovery efforts. His commitment to public health is evident through his active participation in COVID-19 awareness programs conducted by FSCN, where he played a vital role in educating and supporting communities. Additionally, Binod has been deeply involved in Disaster Risk Reduction programs, working with DpNet and DiMaNN to enhance community resilience and preparedness. Binod's diverse experiences underscore his dedication to environmental science and his ability to contribute meaningfully to both academic research and practical community initiatives.

Research Intern

Sapana Acharya

Sapana Acharya is a dedicated agricultural researcher and development specialist based in Nawalpur, Nepal, with a keen focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) within the agricultural sector. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Agriculture and Forestry University, she applies her expertise in data visualization, biological research, and survey management to develop sustainable farming solutions that bolster resilience against disasters. Sapana actively contributes to research projects aimed at mitigating the impact of disasters on crop yield and pest management strategies. Her passion for addressing agricultural challenges aligns with her commitment to advancing DRR efforts, ensuring the livelihoods of farmers are safeguarded against environmental risks.

Our Team

Brain Behind the Organization

Mr. Kabindra Raj Sharma

Advisor

Mr. Kabindra Raj Sharma

Advisor

Dr. Nabin Raj Joshi

Forestry and Natural Resource Management Expert

Dr. Nabin Raj Joshi

Forestry and Natural Resource Management Expert

Dr. Sanjaya Devkota

Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Expert

Dr. Sanjaya Devkota

Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Expert

Mr. Parishwar Acharya

Advisor

Mr. Parishwar Acharya

Advisor

Prof. Dr. Triratna Bajracharya

Advisor

Prof. Dr. Triratna Bajracharya

Advisor

Mr. Purna Chandra Lal Rajbhandari

Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Purna Chandra Lal Rajbhandari

Senior Technical Advisor

Kriti Banstola

B.Sc. Nursing, Nursing and DRRM

Kriti Banstola

B.Sc. Nursing, Nursing and DRRM

Nasala Shakya

Treasurer

Nasala Shakya

Treasurer

Mr.Supendra Karki

Head of Department, Public Health Department at Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences

Mr.Supendra Karki

Head of Department, Public Health Department at Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences

Devi Prasad Dotel

Executive Member

Devi Prasad Dotel

Executive Member

Er. Manila Bhandari

Executive Member

Er. Manila Bhandari

Executive Member

Er. Uttam Pudasaini

Executive Member

Er. Uttam Pudasaini

Executive Member

Dr. Sasmita Poudel

President,Public Health Expert

Dr. Sasmita Poudel

President,Public Health Expert

Er. Rojina Dhakal

DRR Fellow, Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Rojina Dhakal

DRR Fellow, Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Birendra Verma

DRR Fellow, Narainapur Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Birendra Verma

DRR Fellow, Narainapur Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Kishor Bist

ICT Mapping and Open Data/ Tech in DRR intern

Er. Kishor Bist

ICT Mapping and Open Data/ Tech in DRR intern

Ms. Sushama sharma

Research Documentation and communication Intern

Ms. Sushama sharma

Research Documentation and communication Intern

Sulav Lohani

Trainee

Sulav Lohani

Trainee

Sandesh Karki

Research associate

Sandesh Karki

Research associate

Mr. Amrit Marasini

Research associate

Mr. Amrit Marasini

Research associate

Er. Aadarsha Karki

Backend developer

Er. Aadarsha Karki

Backend developer

Er. Subash Gupta

Research associate

Er. Subash Gupta

Research associate

Ms.Shreya Adhikari

Research associate

Ms.Shreya Adhikari

Research associate

Ms.Swostika Goraju

Program Officer

Ms.Swostika Goraju

Program Officer

Durga Devi Guragai

Operation Officer (Finance )

Durga Devi Guragai

Operation Officer (Finance )

Er. Suraj Gautam

Executive Director

Er. Suraj Gautam

Executive Director

Ms. Sujata Chhetri

Administration & Finance Coordinator (AFC)

Ms. Sujata Chhetri

Administration & Finance Coordinator (AFC)

Mr. Gunjan Maskey

Intern DRR and CCA

Mr. Gunjan Maskey

Intern DRR and CCA

Yurika Sherpa

Research Assistant

Yurika Sherpa

Research Assistant

Shraddha Acharya

Intern DRR and CCA

Shraddha Acharya

Intern DRR and CCA

Er. Raghav Tandon

Data Analyst

Er. Raghav Tandon

Data Analyst

Ashutosh Lamsal

Research Assistant Intern

Ashutosh Lamsal

Research Assistant Intern

Vivek Dumre

Intern DRR and CCA

Vivek Dumre

Intern DRR and CCA

Bijay Banstola

Program Officer

Bijay Banstola

Program Officer

Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar

Thematic Lead

Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar

Thematic Lead

Nitesh Sharma

Hydrologist

Nitesh Sharma

Hydrologist

Pooja Lamichhane

Research Associate

Pooja Lamichhane

Research Associate

Binod Shrestha

Research Assistant

Binod Shrestha

Research Assistant

Sapana Acharya

Research Intern

Sapana Acharya

Research Intern

Sandesh Karki

Research associate

Sandesh Karki

Research associate

Er. Suraj Gautam

Executive Director

Er. Suraj Gautam

Executive Director

Ms. Sujata Chhetri

Administration & Finance Coordinator (AFC)

Ms. Sujata Chhetri

Administration & Finance Coordinator (AFC)

Yurika Sherpa

Research Assistant

Yurika Sherpa

Research Assistant

Shraddha Acharya

Intern DRR and CCA

Shraddha Acharya

Intern DRR and CCA

Er. Raghav Tandon

Data Analyst

Er. Raghav Tandon

Data Analyst

Vivek Dumre

Intern DRR and CCA

Vivek Dumre

Intern DRR and CCA

Bijay Banstola

Program Officer

Bijay Banstola

Program Officer

Nitesh Sharma

Hydrologist

Nitesh Sharma

Hydrologist

Pooja Lamichhane

Research Associate

Pooja Lamichhane

Research Associate

Binod Shrestha

Research Assistant

Binod Shrestha

Research Assistant

Sapana Acharya

Research Intern

Sapana Acharya

Research Intern

Kriti Banstola

B.Sc. Nursing, Nursing and DRRM

Kriti Banstola

B.Sc. Nursing, Nursing and DRRM

Nasala Shakya

Treasurer

Nasala Shakya

Treasurer

Mr.Supendra Karki

Head of Department, Public Health Department at Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences

Mr.Supendra Karki

Head of Department, Public Health Department at Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences

Devi Prasad Dotel

Executive Member

Devi Prasad Dotel

Executive Member

Er. Manila Bhandari

Executive Member

Er. Manila Bhandari

Executive Member

Er. Uttam Pudasaini

Executive Member

Er. Uttam Pudasaini

Executive Member

Dr. Sasmita Poudel

President,Public Health Expert

Dr. Sasmita Poudel

President,Public Health Expert

Mr. Kabindra Raj Sharma

Advisor

Mr. Kabindra Raj Sharma

Advisor

Dr. Nabin Raj Joshi

Forestry and Natural Resource Management Expert

Dr. Nabin Raj Joshi

Forestry and Natural Resource Management Expert

Dr. Sanjaya Devkota

Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Expert

Dr. Sanjaya Devkota

Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Expert

Mr. Parishwar Acharya

Advisor

Mr. Parishwar Acharya

Advisor

Prof. Dr. Triratna Bajracharya

Advisor

Prof. Dr. Triratna Bajracharya

Advisor

Mr. Purna Chandra Lal Rajbhandari

Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Purna Chandra Lal Rajbhandari

Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar

Thematic Lead

Dr. Shikha Thapa Magar

Thematic Lead

Er. Rojina Dhakal

DRR Fellow, Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Rojina Dhakal

DRR Fellow, Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Birendra Verma

DRR Fellow, Narainapur Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Birendra Verma

DRR Fellow, Narainapur Rural Municipality, Nepalgunj

Er. Kishor Bist

ICT Mapping and Open Data/ Tech in DRR intern

Er. Kishor Bist

ICT Mapping and Open Data/ Tech in DRR intern

Ms. Sushama sharma

Research Documentation and communication Intern

Ms. Sushama sharma

Research Documentation and communication Intern

Sulav Lohani

Trainee

Sulav Lohani

Trainee

Mr. Amrit Marasini

Research associate

Mr. Amrit Marasini

Research associate

Er. Aadarsha Karki

Backend developer

Er. Aadarsha Karki

Backend developer

Er. Subash Gupta

Research associate

Er. Subash Gupta

Research associate

Ms.Shreya Adhikari

Research associate

Ms.Shreya Adhikari

Research associate

Ms.Swostika Goraju

Program Officer

Ms.Swostika Goraju

Program Officer

Durga Devi Guragai

Operation Officer (Finance )

Durga Devi Guragai

Operation Officer (Finance )

Mr. Gunjan Maskey

Intern DRR and CCA

Mr. Gunjan Maskey

Intern DRR and CCA

Ashutosh Lamsal

Research Assistant Intern

Ashutosh Lamsal

Research Assistant Intern