Naina Shakya joined ICIMOD in April 2010 and is currently working as the Partnership and Private Sector Specialist within the Strategic Cooperation Unit. At ICIMOD, Mrs Shakya leads the partnering approach implementation and private sector engagement activities. She also coordinates activities related to regional cooperation at the institutional level. Prior to joining ICIMOD, Mrs Shakya worked with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok for eight years in various capacities, most recently as Coordinator of Partner Relations and Development in the External Relations and Communications Office. She brings with her relevant international experience in partnerships, establishing and managing collaborative relationships and networks with government agencies, international development agencies, academic and research institutions, INGOs, NGOs, and the private sector. Earlier, Mrs Shakya worked for various projects with USAID/Nepal, UMN/Nepal, ADB/Philippines, and Focus on the Global South/Philippines. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a specialisation in marketing from Kathmandu University and a second master’s degree in sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Manila.