Laxmi Prasad Pant, MSc, PhD Candidate : Mr. Pant is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph, Canada. His research focuses on systems of innovation in subsistence and high-value agriculture in two south Asian countries, Nepal and India. He holds an MSc (Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture) from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway and a BSc (Agriculture) from Tribhuban University, Nepal. He carries extensive experience as extension worker in agricultural sector with public and non-profit organizations in Nepal.
Hon. Dr. Barry L. Strayer, Q.C., Ph.D., L.L.B. : A former judge of Federal Court of Appeal of Canada and former Chief Justice of Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, Dr. Barry Strayer studid at University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1953, LL.B., 1955), Oxford University (B.C.L. 1957) and Harvard University (Doctor of Juridical Science-S.J.D. 1966). Dr. Barry Strayer is a prominent Canadian with a long expertise in constitutional matters. He was a Professor of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in the 1960’s and then was asked to come to Ottawa to advise on reform of the Canadian constitution. He had previously also served as an adviser to the Government of Saskatchewan on this subject. He served the Government of Canada in Ottawa in the Privy Council Office and then as Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice. He was involved with Canadian constitutional reform for some 22 years until the new Constitution and Charter of Rights were adopted in 1982. He was appointed a judge in 1983, serving as a judge of the Federal Court Trial Division and then the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as Chief Justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court, retiring in 2004. During his career he also served as an adviser to the Republic of Seychelles in the drafting of its new constitution in 1979 and to the Government of Hong Kong in the drafting of a Bill of Rights in 1989.
Jack D. Ives, Professor, Ph.D. : Graduate of University of Nottingham, UK (B.A. Geography, 1953) and McGill University, Canada (Ph.D. 1956), Dr. Jack Ives immigrated to Canada with his wife Pauline in 1954. Currently Dr Ives is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University of Canada. From the Himalayas to the Canadian Rockies, mountains have been the subject of fascination in Dr. Ives academic career for half a century. He has been incessantly working to ensure the long-term livability of the mountain environments to whom he fell in love when he was 15. He has abiding passion for the mountain environment and the peoples who have been living on them for centuries. His quest to conserve the world’s mountain ecosystems has taken on a particular urgency with recent times.
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.
The founder and former Executive Director of Canada Forum for Nepal, Pramod Dhakal is the Member-Secretary of the Open University of Nepal Initiative Steering Committee, based at the Ministry of Education in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Dr Pramod Dhakal became the Member-Secretary of the Open University of Nepal Initiative Steering Committee following the signing of “Resolution Agreement 2010” for partnership and collaboration between the Government of Nepal and Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) on October 7, 2010. Along with this responsibility, he is an International Coordination Council Member of NRNA, International Affairs Coordinator of NRN-Canada, and the Executive Director of Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN). Professionally, he is a Senior Scientist at EION Inc. and Research Associate at Carleton University, Canada.
Drona Prakash Rasali, Ph.D., MACE, CFFN Managing Director Open University of Nepal Initiative (2011 – 2013), Research Chair (2009 – 2013)
Dr. Drona Prakash Rasali is one of the brightest scholars to emerge from the traditionally neglected communities of Nepal. He was declared Board First in Nepal’s School Leaving Certificate Examinations held in 1972. After completing Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1980 he worked as a Veterinary Doctor with Government of Nepal for 14 years and completed his M.Sc. degree from University of Philippines during that tenure. Then he moved to Nepal Agriculture Research Council where he worked a Senior Scientist until 1999. After leading a successful research career in Nepal, he came to Canada and completed his Ph.D. in Animal Genetics in 2004. He worked in Manitoba as a provincial coordinator of a national pilot study of Canadian Pork Council for one year in 2003/04. Currently, he is working in the area of population health as a Chronic Disease Epidemiologist with the Government of Saskatchewan, Canada. To his credits, he has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in the wide ranging areas of animal health and productivity as well as public health and well-being.
Prashanta Dhakal, B.CS.: CFFN Deputy Director (2011 – 2013; 2013- 2015), CFFN Associate Website Manager, Associate Manager CFFN Radio.
A graduate from University of Waterloo, Canada, in Computer Science (Bioinformatics), Prashanta Dhakal is a young researcher who keeps keen eyes on Nepal’s socio-economic affairs. A prolific student of mathematics, he carries strong analytical skills and uses them to foster knowledge across various disciplines like mathematics, computer science, biology, economics, and psychology. He was looking into Nepal with eyes of an entrepreneur and started bringing out those ideas in writing. He is expected to be a budding researcher to emerge from Nepalese Canadian communities.
Prashanta enjoys learning and teaching math. He will work with Benjamin Wood and Baikuntha Poudel on USHA’s video tutorial project.