Dr.Prakash Bhattarai (PhD)

President

Dr. Prakash Bhattarai is currently acting as President of Centre for Social Change (CSC). Dr. Bhattarai holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He also holds master’s degrees in Population Studies (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) and in International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame, USA), and has been a visiting research scholar (April-June 2013) at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden and at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany (May-June 2017). Most recently (August-November 2018), he was an AsiaGlobal Fellow, at Asia Global Institute, The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Bhattarai has published articles in peer reviewed journals such as International Negotiation, International Journal of Conflict Management and Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and dozens of newspaper articles and blogs.

Dr. Bhattarai has more than 17 years of professional and leadership experience on issues surrounding governance, peacebuilding, development, migration, and youth, and has taken leadership role at Youth Action Nepal, Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal, and Collective Campaign for Peace. He led and coordinated advocacy initiatives working closely with political parties, youth and student organizations, civil society organizations, media, donor agencies, and international organizations. Over the past few years, he has worked as research and evaluation consultant for peacebuilding, security, violence prevention, community mediation, youth, gender, migration, and resilience related projects with his association with various organizations in Nepal and abroad including United Nations Development Programme (UPDP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Action Against Hunger, Save the Children International, Dan Church Aid (DCA), SaferWorld, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Catholic Relief Services, The Asia Foundation (TAF), and Alliance for Peace Nepal.

Dr. Bhattarai can be reached at prakash.bhattarai@socialchange.org.np

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 cofounder and is currently serving as Secretary-General of Centre for Social Change. Mr. Roy is trained in Computer Information System, Economics and International Relations. He has completed his Masters of Arts in International Relations from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. Mr. Roy has contributed widely in the field of youth development and capacity building through his past engagement with Association of Youth Organizations Nepal and Youth Action Nepal. He is also trained on development field from American University, USA and New South Wales, Australia. He is also a Senior Student Research Fellow at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China in 2018. Along with this he has travelled widely inside Nepal and globally.
Mr. Roy is also a trainer, motivator and a professional writer in the field of geo-politics and international relations. He believes that the power of equality will bring the ultimate social change in Nepal. His major area of contribution to the social change process is to initiate deep discourses among younger generation and scholors to address the social change imperatives. He manages all the programs and projects in the organization.

Dr. Sanju Koirala

Board Member

Dr. Sanju Koirala currently serving as a board member of CSC. Dr. Koirala holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with particular focus on hydropower induced displacement and social safeguard policy reform in Nepal. She also holds an MA degree in Regional Development Planning, and BA in Development Studies from Kathmandu University, Nepal.

Dr. Koirala has 10 years of professional experience working at various organizations including the most recent one as a Senior Program Officer at Policy Entrepreneur Inc (PEI). Prior to her involvement with PEI, she worked as a Research Manager with Social Science Baha where she managed the research projects on access to justice and migration. She has also collaborated with the Department of Geography, University of Otago and researched on Nepal-India hydro relationship. Beside this, over the last 8 years, she has worked on issues around education, youth, micro-enterprises, climate risk reduction and disaster management. She was involved with various organizations such as Alliance for Social Dialogue, Caritas Nepal, Nepal Institute of Development Studies, UNDP/Micro Enterprises Development Program and UNDP/ Community Based Flood and Glacial Lake Outburst Risk Reduction Project.

Mr. Nishchhal Kharal
Secretary

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.

Dr. Anuj Tiwari
Team of expert

Dr. Anuj Tiwari is currently working as team of expert at CSC. Dr. Tiwari’s educational trajectory has largely been in the field of international relations and security studies. His has been keenly observing Nepal’s political developments over the past decade and the role of the international community in it. He holds a doctoral degree in International Relations from University of Warsaw, Poland. His dissertation was on “Securitization on South Asia”. Prior to that, he completed his Masters in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr. Tiwari has eight years of professional experience in the areas of International Relations and Security Studies. He has conducted several types of research on conflict assessment, terrorism, and leadership development, labour migration and so on. Currently, he is a researcher at King’s College, Kathmandu and a faculty member at Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University.

Aakash Gautam
Team of expert

 Aakash Gautam is currently working as team of expert at CSC. Aakash is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department at Virginia Tech. On broader terms, his interests lie in designing and evaluating technologies for empowerment. Aakash’s dissertation work involves understanding the lives of sex-trafficking survivors and designing technologies to help survivors reintegrate into society with dignity. Building on participatory approaches to design and research, his work has highlighted the need for evolving research methodologies that address local conditions. His interests also expand to understanding the complexities involved in labor migration, widening political participation, and in understanding ethical and moral concerns in design and research.

Mr Ashish Trital

Treasurer

Mr Ashish Trital is currently acting as a Treasurer of Center for Social Change. He worked as an intern in Nepal academy of science and technology (NAST) and also has a long-term experience as a lecturer for the graduate students. He had completed his masters in organic chemistry from Tribhuvan University. His main motif on “good health and healthy life”. His major area of expertise is to aware the uptake of excessive Chemicals from food and environment (air, water, soil) which directly or indirectly affect our health. He is currently doing his PhD research on cancer nano drugs delivery on pharmaceuticals engineering, in Zhejiang University.


Ms. Prashamsha Simkhada
Research associate

Prashamsha Simkhada is currently working as Research Associate at Center for Social Change. At CSC she is involved in research work in foreign labor migration issues. She is also part of “Migration Watch” project at CSC. She has extensively worked with youth as core team member of ASER-Nepal, a citizen led assessment of literacy and numeracy of children aged 6-18 years old. She also worked as visiting research associate at ASER-Center, India for three months. She is interested in youth, foreign labor migration and governance. She holds her Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University.

Ms. Samiksha Neupane
Research Officer

Samiksha Neupane is currently working as Research Officer at Centre for Social Change. She has her more than 5 years of work experience in the field of youth and professional development. She was also a NORHED Scholar and studied at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka as an exchange student during the course of her MA study. She was also awarded a research fellowship to conduct research on community mediation by The Asia Foundation. She has represented Nepal in an international training in dialogue and mediation organized by Uppsala University, Sweden in 2018. She is currently involved on two research projects, one focuses on nonviolence and another on Gender, War Trauma, and Peace building. Her research interest is in peacebuilding and community mediation. She holds her Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuwan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Development studies from Kathmandu University.


Mr. Saurav Raj Panta
Research associate

Saurav Raj Pant is currently working in position of Research Associate at Center for Social Change. He is mainly responsible to perform desk research and data screening for the various ongoing research at CSC. He writes op-ed articles on International Relations and global political issues on a regular basis and has written for ‘The Kathmandu Post’ (Nepal’s leading English daily), Georgia Today & Qatar based daily-The Peninsula. In addition he has written blog articles for Eco Sprinter – a Brussels based FYEG online magazine and the International Politics Journal of the European Student Forum. He has a MA in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

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Ms. Reshma Basnete
Research Associate

Ms. Reshma Basnet is currently working as a Research Associate at Centre for Social Change under the project “Migration Watch”. She has worked as a volunteer in different organizations related with issues of mental health, child sexual abuse and human trafficking for three years. She has been involved in various research related to gender and women trauma and non-violence movement. Her area of interest are gender related issues and migration governance. She is currently pursuing Masters in Gender Studies at Tribhuvan University.

Ms. Sarita Barma
Research Associate

Sarita Barma is a Research Associate at Centre for Social Change.  Ms. Barma has an experience of internship at Save Our Soul (SOS) and Disabled Newlife Centre (DNC). Currently, she has been engaged in 2 different projects: Media monitoring and Multi-stakeholders hydropower disputes. Her area of interest is natural resource management.  She holds her Master’s degree in Development Studies from Purbanchal University and Bachelor’s degree in Social work from Tribhuvan University.

Mr Semanta Gautam
Program Affiliate

Mr. Semanta Gautam is currently acting as Program Affiliate at Centre for Social Change. Mr. Gautam has more than 15 years of professional experience working with national and international organizations such as International Organization for Migration(IOM), Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), Youth Action Nepal, and Restless Development under various responsibilities. His major areas of expertise include Refugees and Resettlement, Migration, Human Rights Documentation, and Peace education. Furthermore, he has good skills on network building and event management. Mr. Gautam holds double MA degree, first one in Rural Development and second one in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ms Samikshya Bhattarai
Research and Program Affiliate

Ms Samikshya Bhattarai is currently acting as Research and Program Affiliate at Centre for Social Change. She is a graduate of Community Development studies from Kathmandu University. She is also an alumnus of Raleigh International Nepal and is a member of National Raleigh Society Nepal. She has conducted different researches and programs in her leadership and coordination. Moreover, she has done internship in counseling under the supervision of a well-established school counselor and has also received crash course on Psychological First Aid (PFA). Besides, she also has been involved in a consulting work of Save the Children International. Her work interests lies in the field of international law, human rights, peace and conflict and psychosocial health. Ms. Bhattarai has been recently selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow to pursue Master’s degree at Uppsala University, Sweden.