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Sangya Shrestha

Programme Associate, Adaptation and Resilience Building

My role at ICIMOD

I am a Programme Associate with the initiative called REEECH or the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Capability for the Hindu Kush Himalaya which is part of the Adaptation and Resilience Building Regional Programme. I look after the administrative functions of the initiative and partly for the overall Regional Programme (RP1). My core responsibilities are to provide administrative support to ensure the smooth operations.

Sangya Shrestha

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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Energy is one of the important factors in keeping the pulse of the planet strong and my work supports providing sustainable energy solutions for mountain communities. I actively promote the scaling up of climate-resilient sustainable energy markets, industries, and innovation customized for mountainous areas to protect the pulse of the planet.

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

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I have a lot of interest to gain more knowledge and understand more about the modalities of regional collaboration, so for me working with ICIMOD is like attending a university where I have the freedom to be creative and perform my work while also gaining so much knowledge. I’ve always enjoyed the work environment at ICIMOD where teams are highly collaborative and I enjoy brainstorming processes to put forth ideas, distill them and refine them further to achieve results.

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What are you passionate about?

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I’m passionate about travelling and exploring new cultures. And I don’t mean going on package holidays to a different location every year, no. I love to listen to the stories local people have to share, to eat their local food, and to get to know them.

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My qualifications

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I started off my career as an intern in a constitutional body of Nepal, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which helped me to understand human rights in Nepal and helped me to develop an interest in the development sector. After that, I was associated with ActionAid International Nepal (AIN), a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all. During my six years as Associate Programme Support Officer with AIN, I was able to provide smooth support for the administrative and programme deliverables and gained programmatic knowledge on education, women’s rights, agriculture, good governance, resilient livelihoods and disaster and emergencies including challenging factors that hinder people from building better lives and hinder Nepal’s achievement of the sustainable development goals. I also got an opportunity to work for the Center For Reproductive Rights (CRR) as a Programme Associate for Asia. Being in that regional role, I worked across seven different time zones to support advocacy to advance reproductive rights around the Asia region. I hold a degree in business administration.