Prof. Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe has over 44 years of experience as an architect, teacher and educationist as well as national/international consultant. He is currently the Chairperson of Nepal Education Foundation – Consortium Colleges, Nepal (NEF-CCN), and Executive Chairperson of Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM). He has over 33 years of experience in the management of education institutions as the Dean of Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University, the Founder Principal of St. Xavier’s College, Assistant Dean/Campus Chief of the Central Pulchowk Campus of IOE, Founder Chairperson of Nepal Education Foundation and Xavier Academy. He also has over 44 years of national/international consulting experience, with the last 21 years as an international consultant and team leader of various ADB and WB development and investment projects in South-east Asia and Eastern Africa.
Education: Ph. D. in Building Science (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 1983); Bachelor of Architecture (with distinction) (Maharajah Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, 1974), Intermediate Science (Board 5th, distinction in Mathematics and Chemistry) (Amrit Science College, Tribhuvan University, 1968)
Professional Experience and Affiliation: Currently member of Education Commission & UNESCO-UIA Validation Council, International Union of Architects (UIA), Chairman of Advisory Board of Society of Nepalese Architects, served as member of high level Task Force on Education; previous member of National Development Council, has been the Secretary-General of Nepal Engineers’ Association (1985-1991), Secretary General of Federation of Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA) (1987-1991), President of Society of Nepalese Architects (1993-1995), Secretary (1996-97) and Vice-President (1997-1998) of Rotary Club of Kathmandu-Midtown.
Research and Publications: Undertaken research on “Shelter Policy for Nepal”; scripted the Handbook on “Education, Schools and Architecture”; has published numerous articles and presented numerous papers in regional and international conference related to building science, housing, and urbanization.
National and International Recognition: Recipient of Mahendra Vidhya Bhusan, 1st Class, in 1984, Education Medal in 1994, Sahametrei Sena (Officer) medal on 28 February 2010 and Sahametrei Adipati (Commander) medal on 5 June 2012 by the Royal Government of Cambodia. On 5th August, 2015, Prof. Mathe was appointed as the Advisor to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Royal Government of Cambodia, with the honorary rank of Under Secretary of State and honorific title of Excellency, through a Royal Decree signed by the King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni.
Dr. Joshi worked at the World Bank, Washington D.C. for over two decades. His experience spans education policy reform and program development in a diverse range of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, Washington D.C. He has a master’s degree in international education policy and a doctorate in human development from Harvard University.
Mr. Pradhan has over 30 years of experience in ICT and Geoinformatics capacity building and institutional strengthening, Administrative and Financial Information Systems, Environment and Natural Resources Management. His some other professional service include: Member of Working Group on Earth Observation, Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum, Japan; Member of Subject Committee, Computer Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University; Advisor of Information Technology Professional Forum – Nepal; and Director of Mulpi International School – Nepal.
Education: MS (1982): Computer Applications, AIT – Bangkok, Thailand; MSc (1977): Mathematics Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Mr. Bhupa Das Rajbhandari holds Masters Degree in Development Planning from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand (1990). Mr. Rajbhandari has over 20 years of experiences working in Asia and West Africa (Afghanistan, The Gambia, Cambodia, Bhutan, Thailand, and East Timor, Nepal) in Institution Management, Program Design and Management. Specific professional experiences includes, – Organizational Management, Project/Program Design and Management, Project Evaluation, Research, Strategic Planning, Capacity Building, Partnership Development and Donor Coordination. Before joining AITM, Mr. Rajbhandari was a Study Manager with GRM International, a London based International Consulting Institution. He has worked as the Managing Director of Foundation for Development Management (FDM). He has worked as the Nepal Country Representative of Adam Smith International,an InternationalConsulting Institution based in London. Mr. Rajbhandari has also worked as an Executive Director of the NGO Federation of Nepal (a national umbrella organization of NGOs) and was responsible to manage the Federation. Mr. Rajbhandari has successfully organized and coordinated various programs including; MDG, human rights and peace building activities. He was able to coordinate and establish network with various NGOs, INGOs, Government organizations, civil societies, and donors.
Ms. Lena Sthapit holds Master degree in Geo-technical Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand (2000) and Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, Nepal (1996). Ms. Sthapitjoined AITM as a Program Officer and later assigned the job of Deputy Head & Faculty of Civil Engineering Department. She has an extensive experience in managing research projects and establishing collaboration with international donor agencies. Before joining AITM, she worked in an internationally reputed educational institute AIT as a Project Manager in an IDRC funded project, Senior Research Associate in EU project, Project Associate in Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) projects. Prior to joining AIT, she worked as a Civil Engineer for more than six years in private consultancies and Government of Nepal.
Ms. Sthapit was awarded an academic excellence award “Aishwarya Vidya Padak” in 1996. Moreover, she was a recipient of Norwegian Scholarship for pursing Master degree in AIT. While working in AIT and AITM, she has been involved in teaching undergraduate courses and supervising M.Sc. students in their research works. In addition, she has published technical papers.
Mr. Pravakar Pradhan holds two Master degrees: one in Urban Environmental Management (UEM) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand in 2003, and another in Physical Chemistry from Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1991. Mr. Pradhan completed his Bachelor degree in Science (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) from Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal in 1988.
Mr. Pradhan joined AITM as a Research Fellow in Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environment in May 2013. Currently, he is working as a Research Faculty in Civil Engineering Department of AITM. He has an extensive experience in managing research projects. Before joining AITM, he worked in an internationally reputed educational institute AIT as a Project Associate in Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded project (2006-2010), and Research Associate in joint AIT– French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) supported “Low Carbon City Project” (2010-2013). Prior to joining AIT, he worked in various NGOs to conduct different community development activities in Nepal (1992-2001).
Mr. Pravakar has also attended and organized international conferences, and presented & published number of research papers. His areas of interest include urban land management, urban disaster/risk management, GIS applications in urban planning and urban climate change adaptation and mitigation.
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