Ms Pradhan, a Nepali national, joined ICIMOD in July 2010 as Hazard and Community Adaptation Specialist. Ms Pradhan holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, and a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, India. Before joining ICIMOD, Ms Pradhan led the Freshwater Unit of WWF-Nepal as Programme Manager. During her tenure at WWF-Nepal, she established the Freshwater Programme and initiated an adaptation programme in the Koshi river basin, Nepal. Prior to this, she worked for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Nepal Country Office and the Regional Environmental Assessment Programme of IUCN Asia.