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River Basins and Cryosphere
As the Programme Officer under the River Basins and Cryosphere Regional Programme, my role is to coordinate Cryosphere Initiative activities including reporting; monitoring and evaluation; partner coordination; project finance; networking; and designing and dissemination of research for national, regional and international partners and donors.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse through my support to our work bringing together communities, researchers and policy makers to take appropriate actions to mitigate and adapt to changes through evidence-based policies.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
ICIMOD has provided me a platform to work with colleagues from various parts of the world with diverse experiences, cultures and professions of the region. This is the best part of working at ICIMOD. I enjoy every single day working and interacting with diverse colleagues and partners from the region. There are many learning opportunities available for developing myself both as an excellent project management specialist and as a good human being.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my contributions to supporting and developing HKH communities. Since my childhood, I have been fascinated by the development and the environment, from desert to fertile landscapes, rivers to oceans, gardens to forests.
I hold a Master’s degree in international development with specializations in water resource management and climate change adaptation from the University of East Anglia, UK. I also have a postgraduate diploma in project management and sustainable development from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Kathmandu University, Nepal with a specialization in strategic management and have obtained various certifications in project management and monitoring and evaluation.
With ICIMOD for the past seven years, I’ve worked in numerous capacities, developing programme strategies and impact pathways. I’ve been involved in designing and executing complex interdisciplinary research projects. With my support, ICIMOD successfully implemented the HI-AWARE project in Pakistan, Nepal, and India. I was also previously engaged as a consultant, when I conducted impact evaluations for the People and Resource Dynamics Project (PARDYP) project in Jhikhu Khola watershed in Kavre district of Nepal, with a special focus on water-efficient technologies for sustainable agriculture and before joining ICIMOD, I worked with Break Charity UK and Center for Public Policy Research Pakistan.