Board of Directors

Pradip Pariyar

Pradip Pariyar

Executive Chairperson of Samata Foundation Mr. Pradip Pariyar is an alumnus of American University and Tribhuvan University. He specializes in youth empowerment, peace building and capacity building of media professionals.

As the elected president of the Association of Youth Organizations Nepal(AYON), he worked closely with government of Nepal to initiate a youth-responsive budget. He was a member of the government task force that developed Youth Vision 2025: a 10-year national youth development policy. He has trained thousands of youths globally on leadership, peace building, and conflict-sensitive journalism. He founded the Nepal Youth Forum to focus on policy advocacy, awareness, and youth empowerment. In 2011, Mr. Pariyar was selected as a youth fellow by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He received ‘Asia’s 21 Young Leaders Award’ in 2018 by Asia Society. Mr. Pariyar also serves as the chairperson of the Nepal Policy Center, a youth-led think tank. In 2015, he received the Youth Leadership Award from the Nepali Government’s Ministry of Youth and Sports for his decade-long contribution to youth leadership development across Nepal.

Traveling throughout the length and breadth of Nepal, Mr. Pariyar witnessed diverse cultures and had encounters with his socially offended country people have invigorated his dream fuelled by the unholy dogma of casteism. He dreams of a just Nepal; a cohesive society where an individual’s potential, competence, edification and hard slog define a person rather than his/her status. The World Economic Forum has recently selected Mr. Pariyar as one of Young Global Leaders in its Class of 2020 for the contribution he has made to empower youth and promote social justice.

Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung

Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung

Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung is the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Mahila Sahayatra Micro Finance Bittiya Sanstha’, the first national level microfinance institution owned by all-women individual promoters. Ms. Gurung is a geographer by academic qualification and she has completed her Ph. D. from the University of Hawaii, USA.

She is also the founder member of LUMANTI Support Group for Shelter for the urban poor, Center for Self-help Development for the Deprived Women’s Economic Emancipation, Women’s Cooperative Society, Social Science Research Council and Center for Rural Technology among others. She is a recipient of Karuna Award of Creative Statements, UNU Fellowship (1979), ICIMOD Research Fellowship (1985), International Peace Scholarship (1983 & 1987) to name a few.

She has authored ‘Beyond the Myth of Eco-Crisis in Nepal: Local Responses to Pressure on Land in Nepal- A Study of Kakani in the Middle Hills.’

Dr. Madan Pariyar

Dr. Madan Pariyar

Born in a dalit family at Rajbiraj in Saptari district of Nepal, Dr. Pariyar led the Government of Nepal’s High Level Commission for State Restructuring as its Chairman, and has worked in both government and non-governmental organizations, industries, and academia for over forty years in Nepal and many other countries, giving him a wide perspective on various issues from multiple vantage points. Dr. Pariyar has made notable contributions to researches in inclusion, good governance, adaptation, poverty alleviation, economic growth, public-private partnerships, IT sector development, rural and agricultural development, industrial development, and resource management; and has participated, as both leader and contributor, in workshops and conferences in over thirty different countries. He has several research papers, research reports and publications to his credit; and is the board member of Samata Foundation. Dr. Pariyar obtained his Doctorate and Masters in Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technologyin Bangkok, Thailand and his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the Allahabad Agricultural Institute in Allahabad, India.

Sarita Pariyar

Sarita Pariyar

Sarita Pariyar is a Writer, social justice activist, and the founding convener of the international Darnal Award for Social Justice. She writes and delivers lectures on Caste-questions and social justice issues in and outside of Nepal. Sarita serves as a board member of Samata Foundation, Madhesh Foundation, and Accountability Lab. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and English literature from Tribhuvan University. Currently, she is pursuing legal studies at the Nepal Law School, Kathmandu. She was recently selected as a Fellow of prestigious Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development, Stanford University. Born and raised in a Dalit family in Basamadi village, Makwanapur, Sarita is intimately aware of the challenges of being a Dalit woman in Nepal. She is particularly interested in interrogating Caste-questions in relation to gender, sexuality, rights, and systemic violence, including power of ordinary people as change-makers.

Thakurnath Dhakal

Thakurnath Dhakal

Thakurnath Dhakal is a Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), Nepal which is dedicated to advancing the rights of all children in Nepal, especially the most marginalized and disadvantaged. He earned his MBA degree from Tribhuvan University, Master in Public Management from University of Potsdam, Germany and Diploma in Conflict Management from Sweden.

He has more than 15 years of professional experience in the development agencies like UNDP, UN Mission in Nepal and UNICEF, Nepal. He specializes in human rights, conflict transformation and peace building, policy analysis and advocacy, designing and evaluating social protection and cash transfers.

Being highly interested in social policy analysis, social protection and cash transfers, he has considerably engaged in research, evidence generation, public policy analysis, advocacy and influence policy networks (government counterparts, donors and partners) in shaping sensitive social policies that creates an effective and protective environment for the most vulnerable children.

Staffs

Ajay Kumar Ram

Ajay Kumar Ram

Province Officer
Arjun Bishwakarma

Arjun Bishwakarma

Editor and Researcher
Bikash Rai

Bikash Rai

Program Manager
Bridhika Senchury

Bridhika Senchury

Associate Communication and Outreach Coordinator
Gopal Nepali

Gopal Nepali

Senior Researcher
Indra Khati

Indra Khati

Admin and Finance Coordinator
Maya Shrestha

Maya Shrestha

Office Assistant
Pramila Paswan

Pramila Paswan

M&E Officer
Prakash Nepali

Prakash Nepali

Legal Advisor
Prakriti Budha Magar

Prakriti Budha Magar

Legal Officer
Ram Pukar Mahara

Ram Pukar Mahara

Program Associate
Roshan K Pariyar

Roshan K Pariyar

Admin and Finance Associate
Rozy Bisunkhe

Rozy Bisunkhe

Receptionist/Program Associate
Sabita Koirala

Sabita Koirala

Research Officer
Sanju Tikhatri

Sanju Tikhatri

Admin and Finance Officer
Sudeshna Nepal

Sudeshna Nepal

Communication and Outreach Associate
Sulochana Nepal

Sulochana Nepal

Program Associate
Sunita Pariyar

Sunita Pariyar

Research Officer
Tirupati Pariyar

Tirupati Pariyar

Program Coordinator
Umesh Sapkota

Umesh Sapkota

Admin and Finance Manager
Ujjwal Sundas

Ujjwal Sundas

Managing Director