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Kundan Shrestha

Editorial Officer, Knowledge Management and Communication

My role at ICIMOD

I edit ICIMOD’s myriad publications. My job is to make sure our writings help people learn about our mountains and their importance to our identity and existence. Within those writings, I turn sentences around to craft succinct, clear messages that engage readers and make them critically think and act.

I liaise with authors and our publications team, primarily overseeing publications that do not undergo a peer-review process: articles, news pieces, and a host of outreach materials. These publications condense findings from our rigorous research and communicate key messages to a wider audience.

Kundan Shrestha

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

There is so much work being done to improve our understanding of how the world is changing and how we should adapt. While that is hopeful, it also creates a situation where it can be difficult to be heard amid all the noise. ICIMOD’s findings about the HKH region need to be heard in global discourses. They need to inform policy and effect change. Our editorial team supports communicating the urgency of climate action and sustainable development in the HKH. That is how we help protect the pulse.

Q:

What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

I enjoy the sense of purpose in the work we do. We have a wonderful group of devoted people at ICIMOD. As an editor, I have to communicate with many colleagues and understand their perspectives, which is quite rewarding. The campus is quite serene and large and welcoming, and that certainly helps us too.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

Apart from my work, I love watching films, and I would like to be reading more books. I’m also an avid follower of combat sports and football, and I still game. I passionately acquire different hobbies – but the flame dies out quite quickly on most!

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My qualifications

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I graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature. I worked as a senior academic editor for two years in Mumbai, where I edited academic papers on the social sciences by scholars around the world for publication in renowned journals. Prior to starting work as an editor at KMC, I worked with ICIMOD’s Strategic Cooperation Unit to produce knowledge products on the Dhungentar reconstruction and rehabilitation project.