Prakash Bhattarai PhD


Dr. Prakash Bhattarai is currently acting as President of Centre for Social Change. Dr. Bhattarai has 15 years of professional and leadership experience on issues surrounding human rights, democracy, peacebuilding, development, migration, gender based violence, and youth, and has been associated with Youth Action Nepal, Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal, Collective Campaign for Peace, and MS Nepal. Over the past seven years, his work is more focused on research, study, assessment, and evaluation of peacebuilding, security, violence prevention, community mediation, and youth and gender related projects with his association with various organizations in Nepal and abroad including United Nations Development Programme (UPDP)/ Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security (AVRSCS), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Catholic Relief Services Philippines, Friends for Peace Nepal, The Asia Foundation (TAF), and Alliance for Peace /Governance Facility.

Dr. Bhattrai holds a doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago, New Zealand (2014). 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 and Philippines.

Ms. Darshan Karki

Vice President

Ms. Darshan Karki is currently acting as Vice-President of Centre for Social Change. 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 Master’s degree in Development Economics from the South Asian University, New Delhi and Masters in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. She is currently a PhD candidate at University of Zurich.

Mr. Pawan Roy

Secretary General

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.

Mr. Nishchhal Kharal

Nishchhal Kharal, is acting as a Secretary of Centre for Social Change. He is among emerging 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 ‘you think green – 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 is also a Chevening Scholar and holds his Master’s Degree in Conflict, Governance and Development. He also holds Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University.