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Maxim Shrestha

Media Officer, Knowledge Management and Communication

My role at ICIMOD

In my capacity as Media Officer, I serve as the interface between the institution and the broader media landscape in the region and beyond.

Maxim Shrestha

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet by working with media and external communications partners to help bring out the science, the knowledge, and the stories from the HKH region. I do this by working with journalists and members of the media to help them understand better our work, our findings and the key messages coming from our research. I also help ICIMOD colleagues better communicate with the public and communities through popular and social media, and make their research and work relevant to different sets of audiences.

Q:

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

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The HKH region is a special place with great diversity, culture, history, beauty, and working to share this with a wider audience from around the world and also to make them aware of the challenges that this important global asset faces is something which is extremely fulfilling and rewarding, both professionally and personally.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

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I am passionate about the arts, music, history and philosophy.

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My qualifications

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I began working in mass media and communication soon after completing my Bachelor’s degree in History from the National University of Singapore. Thereafter, I worked with the international book publisher John Wiley & Sons on academic books. After completing a Master’s degree from Nanyang Technical University, Singapore I spent the next three years in academic research on food security, livelihood and climate change, in China, India and South East Asia.

My experiences in print and online mass media were primarily in conceptualizing, generating, organizing, customizing and presenting content in various formats. My book publishing experiences involved managing a network of authors and shaping content, while I also focused on ensuring that technical academic and research content could be made accessible to as wide a readership as possible, with special emphasis on reaching and communicating with a younger age group. These experiences, along with my time working in academia, has helped me immensely in my current role as a science communicator.