Team Members

Dr. Prakash Bhattarai

Executive Director

Dr. Prakash Bhattarai is currently acting as Executive Director of Centre for Social Change (CSC). Dr. Bhattarai has 20 years of professional and leadership experience with his association in a number of national and international civic and humanitarian organizations as well as the UN agencies with his significant focus on issues around governance, peacebuilding, migration, labor, climate justice, and civic engagement.

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 at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden and at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany. He is also a 2018 Asia Global Fellow at Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. Since July 2023, Bhattarai is also appointed as a Research Associate at Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS), Hiroshima University, Japan. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals such as International Negotiation, International Journal of Conflict Management, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Asian Survey Journal, and Third World Quarterly. Bhattarai is also a co-editor of a forthcoming (May 2024) book titled “Nepal’s Peace Process: Issues and Challenges,” from the Routledge Publishing.

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Shradha Khadka

Research Coordinator

Ms. Shradha Khadka has been a strong member of CSC team since 2020. She is currently working as the Research Coordinator, bringing a unique blend of research, elements of visual design, and creative applications.

Having completed her Master’s degree in Humans and Natural Resources from Kathmandu University, Ms. Khadka has gained her academic experiences from Germany, USA and Nepal. A researcher at heart, her work mainly focuses on matters related to natural resources of Nepal, climate governance and sustainable development. Ms. Khadka has presented her research papers in various academic conferences and dialogue programs and pursues her career in academics.

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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.

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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.

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Anish Khatri

Research Officer

Mr. Anish Khatri is currently working as a Research Officer at Centre for Social Change. He is currently pursuing MA in Psychology at Tribhuvan University. 

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Nishu Ratna Bastakoti

Research and Program Associate

Ms. Nishu Ratna Bastakoti holds a Masters in Crisis Management Studies from Tribhuvan University with a focus on conflict management, humanitarian assistance and national security.

With over five years of experience in the NGO and development sector, she has focused her efforts on projects addressing gender equality, women’s empowerment, conflict management and social inclusion. She brings extensive research experience and project management expertise to her work. With extensive research experience and project management expertise, Nishu has collaborated with both national and international organizations, institutions, and research institutes. Her passion for research is matched by her belief in peace and justice, and she is a keen advocate for both.

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Nitu Rauniyar

Junior Research Fellow
Ms. Nitu Rauniyar has completed her Master’s degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Sociology. Throughout her academic journey, she learned the theory and pragmatic concepts of political sociology, structure and process in Indian society, urban sociology, Economic sociology, cinema and culture and gender studies. Her academic background fuels her passion for research and understanding the social world. When she is not delving into data, she enjoy the thrill of playing basketball and spending time immersed in nature.
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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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Kalpana Khadka

Admin/Finance Associate

Ms. Kalpana Khadka is currently working as a admin /finance associate at Centre for social change. She graduated from Tribhuvan university with a Bachelor of management.
She has been working in the non-profit sector since 2015 gaining different skillsets in Admin/Finance that include financial planning, monitoring, budgeting, and procurement. She has better experience in financial management, payments and disbursements, financial analysis, office management and Nepalese taxation and 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.