Daya Varma, Ph.D. : Dr. Varma is a Professor of Pharmacology and therapeutics at McGill University, Canada since 1959. After spending decades working in research and development in medicine, these days he has scaled down his medical research. He likes to spend significant energy in social studies, especially related to South Asia. As a result he carries significant knowledge on the traditional and emerging issues of Nepal. He is a founding member of CERAS (Centre d’tude et Ressources d’Asie Sud) and sits on the board of directors of Alternatives, a progressive think tank. He is a great friend of Nepal and supporter of academic and social endeavor related to Nepal.