Team Members

Dr. Prakash Bhattarai

Executive Director

With almost 20 years of professional/academic experience on issues surrounding governance, peace-building, development, migration, and more, Dr. Prakash Bhattarai currently serves as the Executive Director of Centre for Social Change. 

He has extensive experience in leading and coordinating various youth and student organizations along with a strong consulting portfolio working as a researcher and M&E expert with a wide array of international development-centered organizations. He holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago, and master’s degrees/visiting scholarship relationships with Tribhuvan University, University of Notre Dame, and Uppsala University. Today, Dr. Bhattarai is one of the leading researchers in the Nepali governance, politics, and peace-building spheres, having published dozens of articles and opinion pieces in peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Shradha Khadka

Research Coordinator

Ms. Shradha Khadka is currently working as Research Coordinator on multiple projects at CSC.
Energetic and ever-adaptable, Shradha brings a unique set of skills to our team – from working on policy-briefs and researching formal governance topics, to elements of visual design, production, and creative applications. 

Having completed her Master’s degree in Development studies from Kathmandu University and academic programs at Troy University, Tribhuvan University, and Bielefeld University, Shradha has a varied mix of research experiences and topics of interest, including natural resource management, conservation, gender, climate, urban planning, governance, and education. Ms. Khadka is a firm believer that the planet belongs to all beings and the only way to survival is co-existence.

Dibesh Sayami (Manandhar)

Sr. Program Officer

Mr. Dibesh Sayami (Manandhar) is engaged in capacity building of civil society organizations and governance-related projects. He has strong base of working with the community and has knowledge and experience of project management cycle.

Besides having experience in designing and developing the research questionnaire, convert it to mobile based applications for field surveys, and conduct baseline/end-line of projects he is also involved in facilitating organizational capacity assessment, advocacy, and social accountability tools training to CSOs. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Environment Science and is currently studying Master’s in Rural Development from Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus.

Kaleli Nyaichyai

MEAL Officer

Ms. Kaleli Nyaichyai is a Master’s graduate of Development Studies from Kathmandu University. She was an exchange student of Erasmus Global Mobility in University of Agder, Norway for ICT4D program, where her major academic areas were focused on Research, e-government and e-dialogue and Development Management.

Alongside her academic journey, she has been continuously garnering experiences in the areas of development and organizational sectors since a few years and has developed immense interest on issues related to education, disability, ICT, gender, youths, community development and governance. Adding her brilliant expertise and dynamic energy and to CSC’s team, she is currently working as the organization’s MEAL officer. She majorly focuses on monitoring and  evaluating the performances of the organization and projects under different thematic areas.

Susmita Puri

Research Officer

Ms. Susmita Puri is a part of CSC’s fresh recruitment who has recently joined the team as research officer, working in areas concerning governance conflict and peace. She completed her MSc. in Global Development studies from University of Copenhagen with Danish government scholarships for highly qualified non-EU/EEA students.

A keen traveler and an avid learner, Ms. Puri’s  expertise majorly lies in mix-methodology research and carries  profound interest in themes surrounding Gender equality, Migration, Social Inclusion, Agriculture and Economic Development.

Anish Khatri

Research and Program Associate

Mr. Anish Khatri is currently working as a Research and Program Associate at Centre for Social Change. He has graduated from Tribhuvan University with a Bachelor Degree in Arts majoring in Social Work and Psychology.

Bishwanath Rana

Sr. Admin/Finance Officer

Mr. Bishwanath Rana is currently working as Admin/Finance Officer at Centre for Social Change. He has completed MBS from Kailali Multiple Campus (TU).

He holds visionary leadership with 6 years’ experience in financial planning, monitoring, budgeting and procurement management in different I/NGOs of various projects. He has better experiences on financial management, payments and disbursements, financial analysis, office management and Nepalese taxation & ETDS.

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Samita Aryal

Office Assistant

Ms. Samita Aryal is currently working in Centre for Social Change as an Office Assistant. She has completed her higher secondary education from Ideal English High School, Kathmandu.

She has few years’ experience of working as an office assistant. She is an important force in workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage herself and the entire CSC team. She is quick learner and dedicated towards her work.