Dr. Prakash Bhattarai is currently acting as President of Centre for Social Change. Prakash has 15 years of experience on issues surrounding human rights, democracy, peacebuilding, development, migration, and youth, and has been associated with Youth Action Nepal, Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal, Collective Campaign for Peace, and MS Nepal. He led and coordinated advocacy initiatives working closely with political parties, youth and student organizations, civil society organizations, media, donor agencies, and international organizations. Recently, his work has focused on research and evaluation of peacebuilding and development projects of various organizations including Search for Common Ground, Catholic Relief Services Philippines, Friends for Peace Nepal, The Asia Foundation,
Alliance for Peace Nepal, and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Prakash holds a doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago, New Zealand (2014). His doctoral research focused on assessing the coordination dynamics of third-party intervention in conflict-affected countries. Prakash also holds master’s degrees in Population Studies (Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2005) and in Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame, USA, 2010), and has been a visiting scholar (April-June 2013) at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published articles and working papers on issues surrounding youth, migration, and politics and the peace processes in Nepal.
Ms. Darshan Karki is currently acting as Vice-President of Centre for Social Change. She is an Op-Ed editor at The Kathmandu Post, national English daily newspaper in Nepal. She has previously worked as a researcher on a wide range of issues including conflict in Nepal, migration and intellectual property rights in agriculture. In 2014, she was selected by the BBC as one among the 100 women all around the world to take notice of now and in the future. She holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from the South Asian University, New Delhi and Masters in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Mr. Pawan Roy is currently acting as Secretary-General of Centre for Social Change. Mr. Roy has 15 years of professional experience working with National level organizations such as Youth Action Nepal, Association of Youth Organizations Nepal, Restless Development, and Synergy Foundation. His major areas of expertise involve project management, admin and finance, grassroots network building, and event management. He also has expertise in building relationships with politicians, donors, and civil society organizations. Moreover, he has expertise on mobilizing youth and building their leadership capacity. Mr. Roy holds an MA degree in Economics.
Nishchhal Kharal, aged 22, is acting as a Secretary of Centre for Social Change. He is a prominent youth activist of the nation. He is also a cofounder and former president of youth led organization (between the age group of 16 – 24), ‘We’ for Change, which works for capacity building and leadership development of youth. He also represents ‘youthinkgreen – Germany’ in Nepal, which involves young people for green actions. Mr. Kharal has represented nation in International forums, programs and meetings at Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines and Singapore. He hold undergraduate degree in Social Work from St. Xavier’s College (KU) and is currently pursing graduate degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies at Tribhuvan University.