Ms Shrestha joined ICIMOD in August 2009 as Value Chain Development Specialist. She brings with her extensive experience in working with development agencies and bi-lateral/multilateral organisations. Ms Shrestha will be focusing on high value product value chains, emphasising the equitable promotion of pro-poor value chains and strengthening rural-urban linkages. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she worked as an Advisor on local and regional economic development for GTZ INCLUDE, where she worked in the value chain promotion of various potential sectors for economic development in Palpa, Kapilbastu, and Rupendehi, including serving as the focal point for NTFP/MAPS value chains. Ms Shrestha has a strong interest in nature conservation and worked with the National Trust for Nature Conservation as a knowledge management officer. She was also a faculty member in Kathmandu College of Management, Kathmandu University. She has an MBA from the University of Wales, UK, specialising in marketing and human resources development.