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Laurie Ann Vasily

Head of Knowledge Management and Communication, Knowledge Management and Communication

My role at ICIMOD

I joined ICIMOD as Head of Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) in January 2017 and have had opportunities to expand on my prior professional experiences in overseeing, facilitating, managing, and disseminating knowledge from and about Nepal and the HKH. I supervise an extremely talented and committed team whose work lives involve a vast diversity of partnerships, a balance of creativity and consistency, and consideration of both the inward looking and outward facing aspects of knowledge management and communication about the critical issues facing the HKH.

KMC is both at the heart of and circulating through the entire body of ICIMOD, acting as an essential resource for the Centre. We create, write, synthesize, design, edit, publish, promote and we listen, learn take note, share, engage, cooperate, collaborate, and facilitate.

Laurie Ann Vasily

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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My work promotes good science communication, which is one of the most imperative requirements of our day. I believe that the pulse of the planet will only beat healthily when there are more direct science-policy linkages and every individual and institution across the planet feels a sense of responsibility for and connected to with the mountains and all of our shared natural resources.

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

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The people! We’ve got a fabulous KMC team and I love the opportunities to work with other teams across ICIMOD to manage, communicate and promote our work and the work of our partners.

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What are you passionate about?

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My passions change over time and I’m currently extremely passionate about children’s literature which communicates folk wisdom and knowledge. I’m really excited about the creativity in storytelling and the avenue for promotion of ethnic and traditional art forms through children’s literature.

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My qualifications

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My professional life over the last 30 years has been spent in the Himalayan region both within and in promoting knowledge ecosystems. From 2009-2016, I served as Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation – Nepal (Nepal Fulbright Commission) administering the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program in Nepal and other grants funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, overseeing the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Educational Advising Center and other programs promoting U.S. higher education throughout Nepal. In leading that knowledge-based organization, I coordinated across U.S. and Nepali government agencies, universities, research and implementing institutions, facilitating information flows and collaborative research relationships, guiding researchers, maintaining smooth inter-organizational communications, organizing conferences, seminars and research presentations, implementing a new internal information sharing system, developing strategic plans and streamlined application systems, and effecting placement of policy experts in Nepal government ministries. Prior to that, as Deputy Chief, Office of Civil Affairs and Social Affairs Advisor to the United Nations’ Mission in Nepal, I synthesized and systematized knowledge generated from grassroots, regional, and national levels of Nepal’s peace process and managed, coordinated, and supervised the preparation of analytical materials and assessments related to the implementation of the mission’s mandate with special attention to monitoring the role of marginalized groups in the peace process. I also served as an International Translator/Interpreter for the United Nations’ Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, and have worked in various capacities as a teacher, a teacher trainer, an educational consultant, an organizational change consultant, and an independent social science researcher. I first came to Nepal in 1990 for service with the U.S. Peace Corps and I completed a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Cornell University.