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.

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 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.

Mr. Nishchhal Kharal is a youth peace activist based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He believes that young people have tremendous power to change the world by creating peaceful and accountable societies. He is a co-founder and secretary of Centre for Social Change. He holds a master’s degree in Conflict, Governance, and Development from University of York, United Kingdom and master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Nishchhal is co-founder and former president of a youth-led organization ‘We’ for Change. His expertise lies in youth engagement, good governance and peacebuilding area.

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.

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.