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Sijal Pokharel

SSA-Gender Associate, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

My current role as a gender associate in the Koshi Basin Initiative is to assist with the work on gender and the water-food-energy nexus, to update and analyse gender disaggregated data for the Koshi gender portal, and to create knowledge products focused on gender and the water-food-energy nexus.

Sijal Pokharel

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet by bringing meaningful data insights into decision making and magnifying a gender lens in the work I do, which helps to amplify voices of the women and men living in the Koshi basin and beyond whose voices may not otherwise be heard.

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

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I enjoy the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious working environment in ICIMOD. All of the talented like-minded individuals determined to touch the lives of vulnerable mountain people always motivate me to add what I can. The comfortable office space, its greenery, seasonal flowers, chautari and pavilion is so dear to me and I also like how we celebrate valentines day, holi, teej, women’s day and other important days.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

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I feel complete when my work, my experiences, and my ideas can help others in any way. One of the drivers of fulfillment for me is public speaking and I’m passionate about speaking my heart out for the causes I believe in. I am also a solo traveler and I love to travel.

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My qualifications

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I am an environment science graduate with climate change and integrated water resource management as my specialization. I did my Masters’ thesis on human migration and climate change, and have developed social science research skills since then.

I originally joined ICIMOD as an MSc fellow in the HI-AWARE Initiative under the then River Basins Regional Programme. I have completed a data literacy training conducted by the World Bank, and have worked as adjunct faculty in GoldenGate International College, affiliated to Tribhuvan University, Nepal and as a research consultant, assistant and translator in various field settings in remote parts of Nepal. I was a finalist in an international debate competition on climate finance governance held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was the national winner in Climate Launchpad, 2018 and was invited to pitch my idea in their global final event and was also a member of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council Nepal.