Mr Asha Kaji Thaku joined ICIMOD as a cartographer-cum-design artist in March 1992. He is fully engaged in the publications section of Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC). He is also working as an editorial assistance and responsible for the photography archive, publication pipeline, and for liaising with printers for ICIMOD’s qualitative branded publications. He has Master’s degree in Geography from Tribhuvan University and has received several trainings on computers, as well as GIS and senior surveyor training programs from Nepal Government. He has many years of experience in various capacities, including high class artistic work, as a researcher, teacher, team leader, cartographer, and senior survey officer in Nepal Government, and has worked in various development projects and programmes for I/NGOs. He was awarded 'ICIMOD Spirit Award 1998' for Idealism. Recently, he was also awarded Best Male Actor, 1130 in a lead role in the Newari film ‘Hisimadu’, organised by Page 3 Newari Colour Film Magazine.