Ms Nira Gurung was one of the first members of the administrative staff, joining ICIMOD during its establishment phase in early 1983. Prior to assuming her current position as Communications Officer in 2003, she served in different administrative capacities including Executive Secretary to the Directorate, Training Officer, and Distribution Officer. She looks after information dissemination, outreach activities, and media relations. Prior to joining ICIMOD, Ms Gurung worked for Yeti Travel for three years. Ms Gurung has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, and a Bachelor's degree in Education from Kathmandu Shiksha Campus, Tribhuvan University.