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Natural Resource Management & Policy Specialist,
I am responsbile for programme management and coordination of the Landscape Initiative for Far Eastern Himalaya – HI LIFE, a transboundary programme among China, India and Myanmar and a new effort, Himalaya Calling, which is an Initiative to bridge the science – policy – practice divide in the Indian Himalayan Region. I also provide technical expertise on springshed management, climate change adaptation and ecosystem services and design and implement innovative knowledge products and communication strategies. Essentially, the concept of going ‘beyond borders’ and bringing all stakeholders towards regional cooperation is the essence of my role within ICIMOD and HI-LIFE. I also provide strategic and innovative thinking about our transboundary initiatives and their relevance to international calls for action, which requires profiling innovative ideas and partnerships in the region and globally.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
My work recognizes the importance of going ‘beyond borders’ and the universal solidarity required to build more regional cooperation and knowledge sharing and engage humankind of all ages and nationalities to protect the pulse of the planet, which is critically important given that climate change and global warming are now a global crisis.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I am proud to say that I have nurtured my skills not through bookish wisdom, but rather through active engagement with communities, practitioners, and policymakers. My time at ICIMOD has been invaluable in preparing to look at our global, regional and local challenges and see the changing world at ground zero, as it has required me to be an active part of a group of wonderful professionals to expand our collective human actions for leading transformative change.
What are you passionate about?
Working for mountains and people, I have a passion to go up to the mountains, and have taken up mountaineering as a sport over the past few years. I have scaled several 6000 meter peaks in the Nepal Himalaya and love places that make you realise how tiny we are.
I have over twelve years professional work experience in Australia and South Asia coordinating national and regional collaborative research in multilateral and inter-governmental organisations. These include a mix of work on programme and policy management, and technical experiences on Himalayan springshed management, climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, environmental impact assessments, and corporate social responsibility
I have published articles and research briefs and have presented in global and regional conferences, forums and networks on transboundary landscapes, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, and springshed management. I am particularly interested and have also developed skills in designing knowledge management and regional communication strategies, and linking science knowledge products to policy and practices.
I hold a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and spent my childhood at St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, India where I got groomed from a young age to become a holistic and a good human being.