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Head of Knowledge Management and Communication,
Knowledge Management and Communication
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
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
Leading the KMC team at ICIMOD is like being a nurse and a personal trainer in that my interventions are both about pro-active care aimed at ensuring that the pulse of the planet is strong and reactive remedies to help bring it back to a healthy state.
What do you enjoy the most about working at ICIMOD?
The incredible diversity of colleagues and partners. There is something totally unique about this mix of colleagues – all their talents and their passions – and combined with the strength of our partners, there is immense synergy aimed towards together identifying and addressing the critical issues of this region.
What are you passionate about?
My family. Raised in an immigrant culture, I was fortunate to witness my grandparents’ and parents’ lived examples of determination, courage, hard work, and faith. Exposed later in my life to the rich diversity of South Asia, I’ve been fortunate to witness true open mindedness, open heartedness, loyalty, simplicity, and the immeasurable joy of motherhood.
What are your qualifications?
My professional life over the last 30 years has been spent in the Himalayan region both within and in promoting knowledge ecosystems. My life path has allowed me insight into a diverse range of knowledge, information and learning needs, academic environments, and a depth of exposure to diversity. I have engaged in knowledge dissemination, teaching, education policy, PhD research, and other dimensions of the knowledge ecosystem in various professional positions. My last five positions in international institutions in Nepal have been directly connected to knowledge management, communication, dissemination and access, administration, planning, human resources and budget management in multi-cultural environments. My engagements have also led to collaborations with multi-country institutions and networks in and across the globe. Some of the professional positions I held prior to joining ICIMOD include: Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation, Nepal (Fulbright Commission); Deputy Chief, Office of Civil Affairs, United Nations Mission in Nepal; Social Affairs Adviser, United Nations Mission in Nepal and International Translator, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal. My Ph.D. in Adult Education from Cornell University was based on work in partnership with a small Nepali NGO focused on Dalit self-sufficiency and justice and embodied my commitment to participatory action research. My early experiences as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer teacher and teacher trainer based in Dailekh and Surkhet districts, Nepal built within me a debt of gratitude which I have been seeking to requite through service in Nepal and the HKH region.