Avash joined ICIMOD in March 2015. He will be assisting the HI-AWARE team in preparing situation analyses and an upstream-downstream linkages framework, among other things. Avash has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, where he studied and worked for eight years. Before joining ICIMOD, Avash worked with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET-Nepal) as a consultant on disaster management in the flood-hit regions of Nepal. He also served as an intern at the Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) and as a fund raising officer/programme associate at a local NGO in Kathmandu.