Board Members from 2009 to 2015

Chairperson
Dr. Chhatra Amatya is a medical doctor who trained in psychiatry in Edinburgh. After a lifetime career in the Government’s health system, she retired from the senior post of Director, Management Division in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Amatya is an active member of the civil society and is involved with organisations committed to making a difference to the health and social well being of people, especially women and young people in Nepal..

Secretary
Ansu Tumbahangfe has a background in social work and a double Masters Degree in Rural Livelihoods and Globalisation from Nepal and the Netherlands. She brings a long history of working with social causes that she believes in. Currently she is working as a freelance research consultant.

Treasurer
Anita Subba brings broad experiences from International Agencies, local NGOs, together with a degree from Australia. She is committed to promoting social development that is directed towards women, the disadvantaged and marginalised groups within Nepal. She works with sexually abused women and girls and assists an initiative to support female migrant workers.

Member
Govinda Mani Adhikari has over 30 years work experience first as an accountant, then moving into human resource management, in a range of organisations including International Agencies, Government and private sector. He was educated in Nepal and has a Master’s Degree from the Phillippines. Govinda is committed to ensuring that financial as well as human resources are utilised efficiently and effectively.

Member
Shiva Dhungana is an accomplished researcher and peace building expert. Currently he is employed by the INGO Search for Common Ground, as the Asia Regional DM&E Specialist. He has a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Sydney and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Phillippines. To-date he has more than 20 publications. His preferred areas of research include youth and community security, women, peace and security, refugee and IDP studies, identity and violence.

Member
Kalyan Bhakta Mathema is a sociologist with interest in identity politics related to Nepal’s Terai region. He is a lecturer at Tri-chandra College, Tribhuvan University and Sagarmatha Multiple College. With an international school education from Nepal, India and Japan, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Nepal. He is committed to promoting critical thinking and works with an NGO on this issue.

Member
Rajendra Shrestha is a pioneer social worker with over 30 years experience. He is a trained counsellor and offers a range of therapeutic approaches. He is the Programme Manager at the Freedom Centre, Nepal’s first drug rehabilitation centre. Training and sharing exchanges have taken him to many countries, including UK, USA, New Zealand and France. He is an adviser on drug related issues to the Nepal Police as well as other agencies, which include those working with street children.

Advisor
Dr. Gael Robertson from Scotland has over 20 years experience in Nepal working in women’s development, social development, health and human rights. Gael is committed to encouraging the improvement of mental health services as well as advocating for the rights of mentally ill women and men. Over the years, she has written articles on gender and health as well as mental health in Nepal. She has a Phd. in Transformative Learning and Development Practice.