Bhuwani Paudel, M.Sc. : Mr. Paudel has a B.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee, India and M.A.Sc. degree in Geotechnical Engineering in Carleton University, Canada. He carries a long and distinguished experience from Nepal in irrigation sector and is working in landslide prevention research with Natural Resources Canada. He is interested in combining his geotechnical research interests with his long experience in irrigation to come up with novel solutions to meet Nepal’s drinking water and irrigation challenges.
Dr. Ronald L. Watts, C.C., D.Phil., LL.D., F.R.S.C.: Dr Ronald L Watts is Principal Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University and where he has been a member of the academic staff since 1955. He was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University 1974-1984. From 1988 to 1993, he was Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University. A Rhodes Scholar 1952-4, he completed a D. Phil. Degree in Political Studies in 1963. As a scholar, Ronald Watts has worked for over forty years on the comparative study of federal systems and Canadian federalism, subjects on which he has written or edited twenty books, monographs and reports and over eighty articles in journals and chapters in books.
Krishna H. Gautam, Ph.D.: CFFN Deputy Director (2006 – 2011) : Dr. Gautam, the Deputy Director of Canada Forum for Nepal, had an extensive and illustrious career in the Government of Nepal where he rose to become an Under Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry and is well traveled in Nepal and internationally. He holds MSc and PhD Forestry from Australian National University and University of Canterbury New Zealand, respectively. He has also completed Post Doctorate at Hokkaido University Japan as a postdoctoral fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science and as a nominee of Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada. He has contributed several papers to international scientific gatherings such as World Forestry Congress, IUFRO World Congress and has published over two dozen research papers in book chapters, conference proceedings, synthesis documents and peer-reviewed journals, and reviewed manuscripts for international journals. Dr Gautam is in Executive Board of the Participatory Development Forum, and the Canada-Commonwealth Human Ecology Council Ottawa. His research interests are in sustainable forestry, participatory development, and empowering local and indigenous institutions, and indigenous/traditional resources management systems. He works as a Science Policy Analyst, at the Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada.
Prem Sangruala, M.A : Mr. Sangraula has Master’s degree in Development Economics from Yale University. Currently, he works as an Economist at the World Bank. Prior coming to the US, he was working at Central Bureau of Statistics in Nepal. His research interests are in societal effect of economic programs. He writes extensively on poverty and income distribution. A dedicated researcher and social worker, he is intimately involved in the endeavors of Nepalese American Diasporas and is the President of the America Nepal Society.
Durga D. Poudel, Ph.D. : Dr. Poudel started his tenure at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA, in 2000, where he is an Associate Professor of Soil Science. He is also SLEMCO/BOR Professor in Applied Life Sciences, Adjunct Professor in Geology, and Director of Agriculture Auxiliary Units at the University of Lousiana at Lafayette. Prior to this he worked at the University of California, Davis, and Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre in Taiwan. Recipients of many awards and fellowships, Dr Poudel completed his B.Sc. from Pakistan in 1988, M.Sc. from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 1991, and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, USA in 1998. His research interests are in natural resources management and environmental quality, with specialization in soil, water, organic farming, and sustainable agriculture. Years of his research and his own rural upbringing in Nepal has led him to be a firm believer in co-operative mode of sustainable agriculture, environment, and economic development.
Bishnu Kumar Dhital, Ph.D. : Dr. Dhital has over 20 years of professional experience of agricultural research and development in Nepal and is an expert in sustainable agriculture management. He completed his PhD degree in Agriculture from the University of New Castle, UK. He has worked with different international organizations such as Department for International Development (DFID) of UK, Care-Nepal, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SADC). He carries substantial expertise in collaboration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), participatory program planning, project monitoring and evaluation. He has authored several articles in scientific as well as current political and social issues in Nepal. Currently he is working as a “Senior Programme Officer” with the Sustainable Soil Management Program in Kathmandu Nepal.
Kalidas Subedi, Ph.D.: CFFN Executive Member (2006 – 2009)
Dr. Subedi is an expert in agricultural systems and sustainable agriculture development and works as a Projects Coordinator at the Pest Management Centre in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He is also the Executive Member of the Canada Forum for Nepal. He has acquired his PhD. Degree in agriculture from the University of Reading, UK in 1998. He has over 20 years of professional experiences in agricultural research, extension, and projects management. Dr. Subedi has widely traveled on most regions of Nepal as a part of field research and carries substantial of knowledge of agricultural systems. He has worked different international organizations including the Department for International Development (DFID), UK, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Government of Canada on agricultural research and development projects. He has published over 40 scientific papers in leading international journals and over 100 publications in other forms.
Dr Acharya is a research economist at the Strategic Investment Analysis branch of Industry Canada, Government of Canada, and an Executive Member of the Canada Forum for Nepal. He completed his M.A. (Economics) degree from Tribhuvan University, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Ottawa, Canada. Prior to coming to Canada, he worked at Nepal Rastra Bank, Tribhuwan University, and Ministry of Finance in Nepal as an economist. He has carried out significant research studies pertaining to Canada’s economic policies and writes extensively on economic costs and benefits of education and research. A significant part of his research work is published in referred journals and conference proceedings. His research interests also include the economic impact studies of education and research
Basu Sharma, Ph.D. : Dr Sharma is Professor of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, e-business, and Strategic Management/Business Policy, University of New Brunswick.
After obtaining his Ph. D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA in 1983 he joined the Faculty of Management at the University of Saskatchewan as an Assistant Professor. He moved to University of New Brunswick in 1985 and rose to the rank of Professor in 1992, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Administration in 1998. He has authored or co-authored 5 books, 10 book-chapters, more than 45 referred journal articles and more than 50 conference papers. In turn, Dr Sharma has won more than a dozen awards and merits. He also carries a long experience in organizing academic conferences and editing academic journals and conference proceedings.
Uddhab Pyakurel, M.Phil. : A Ph.D. candidate at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, Mr Pyakurel completed his M. Phil. from the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. In his long running research interest he extensively studied and analyzed Maoist movement in Nepal from sociological perspective. His book Maoist Movement in Nepal: A Sociological Perspective is a well read and commented peace of work. Having been associated with the Nepal Center for Contemporary Studies (NCCS) and worked for a number of research projects, Mr. Pyakurel is a member of new breed of sociologists in Nepal and one of the bright and emerging scholars.
Mr. Casey was a senior executive in the Government of Canada responsible for marine charting of Canadian waters. He obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics from McMaster University, Canada. After joining the Government of Canada, he specialized in the application of the survey and mapping technology. He now is Vice President (Spatial Analysis) at IIC International, a survey and mapping company with offices throughout the world. His specialties include the mapping of coastal areas using laser scanning technology and the use of digital maps and charts in the marine world, particularly in the use of digital charts in marine navigation. He and his wife Martina Casey, have been visiting Nepal frequently for more than a decade and keep close affinity with Nepal.
Michael and Martina are the instrumental figures behind the establishment Early Childhood Education Centre in Nepal. They themselves traveled to the village and inspired village women and men to this great endeavor. Besides this they are embarking a number of other projects in a view of taking the light of education and dignified livelihood in the target areas of CFFN projects.
Arjun Bahadur Chhetri : A Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Energy Development in Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University, Canada, Mr. Chhetri is a prolific researcher and writer. He received his Master of Engineering in Energy Technology from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 1997. Later on, he worked as an Energy Advisor for UNDP Rural Energy Development Programme in Nepal in 1998-1999. Mr. Chhetri also served several years as a Polytechnic Division Coordinator in Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training for policy formulation and management for the extension program. He also worked as Country Director of Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange, USA for Nepal (2002-2004). Mr.Chhetri also served as a lecturer in Tribhuwan University in Nepal (1997-2004). He is the author of three books and three dozens of International Peer reviewed Journals and Conference publications. His research interests are in green technology development, decentralized energy and environment management, global warming, and climate change.