Bidya Banmali Pradhan joined ICIMOD as an Environment Officer in June 1999. She holds two Master’s degrees in engineering, one in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, and the other in Environment Science and Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Prior to joining ICIMOD, Ms Pradhan worked for the National Council for Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal. She has contributed to many environment publications and was involved in the preparation of the Global Environment Outlook 3 and 4. Over the last decade, Ms Pradhan has worked extensively in the field of atmospheric pollution, coordinating the Atmospheric Brown Cloud Project and the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia, giving her knowledge and experience on air quality issues in South Asia and the Himalayan region.