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January 27th, 2014


Mr. Naveen Mangal Joshi Chairman

Mr. Naveen Mangal Joshi

Master in Water Resources Engineering (Hons): University of Roorkee, India
Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University of Calcutta

Key Expertise
Irrigation engineering, planning and management, Dispute Resolution Expert

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
Mr. Naveen Mangal Joshi is Water Resources Engineer (Irrigation) with more than thirty four years of experience in the planning, policy planning and contract management in Government of Nepal, JICA, World Bank and Asian Dev. Bank financed Water Resources Development and Water Induced Disaster Mitigation works. Experienced in dispute resolution works and listed in Panel of Members as Arbitrator in Nepal Arbitration Council, Mr. Joshi has served as Project Director in Community Managed Irrigated Agriculture Sector Project (CMIASP) as Senior Divisional Engineer in Planning Division, Department of Irrigation (DoI), Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS); Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention (DWIDP); and Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Water Resources and as the Project Manager in the preparation of National Water Plan of Nepal, 2005. Also he was Deputy Project Manager for the development of Mahakali Irrigation Project, Stage II and Operation and Maintenance of Stage I and worked as Engineer for survey, design and construction supervision and also as land acquisition officer of the Bagmati Irrigation Project.

Mr. Suman Sijapati Vice- chairman

Mr. Suman Sijapati
Vice- chairman

After having served for the Government of Nepal in the field of irrigation / water resources for more than two decades, Mr. Suman Sijapati has also worked as international consultant in 11 different countries in Asia (including all South East Asia, South Asia and Central Asia) for international organizations including UN and renowned Consultancy Firms.

He has also kept himself abreast with the latest technology in the field of irrigation by participating in relevant international training, seminar and conferences. Not only does he have many publications to his credit but he has also participated and presented papers in prominent international forums like: the First World Irrigation Forum, Mardin (Oct, 2013); Second Asia Pacific Water Summit, Cheng Mai (May 2013); and the International Conference on Irrigation Revitalization in the Asia and Pacific Region, Nanjing (March 2013).

Mr. Sijapati has also been devoting some time for voluntary contribution in professional societies. He is currently the President of the International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management, Nepal (INPIM Nepal) and a member of the Working Group on On-farm Irrigation Systems (WG-ON-FARM) of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).

He has also been recognized for his contributions by national and international organizations. In 2006, he was also awarded the Humphrey Alumni Impact Award by the US Department of States in recognition of his contribution in the field of irrigation in Nepal.

Mr. Sushil Subedee Member secretary

Mr. Sushil Subedee
Member secretary

Master of Public Administration (MPA), School of Public Administration, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Degree in (MA) Economics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1975

Key Expertise
Accomplished and integrity driven professional 25 years of experience and a strong concentration on socio–institutional development with effective community participation and capacity building of community level institutions, NGOs and service delivery agencies. Professional with acumen in defining community socio-institutional development processes and accelerating peers’ strengths, has craving for continually improvising the project deliverables. Has proven track record of proactively working with beneficiaries rather than for them and organizing them in groups/organization to enable them access project benefits available at on-site level.

Independent Socio – Institutional Professional with Experiences in Indigenous Irrigation Institution Development ~ Social Mobilization of Beneficiaries ~ Participatory Project Implementation/ Evaluation~ Training and Capacity Building

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
From 1980/81 to date Mr. Subedee has worked as professional independent Consultant with diverse development agencies, consulting firms including National Planning Commission, Asian Development Bank, NIA Consult,Philippines, & GITEC Consult GMbh, Dusseldorf Germany.

Mr. Deepak Raj Pandey Member

Mr. Deepak Raj Pandey

Mr. Deepak Raj Pandey, Member of the Trust, has 20 years of overall experiences including 15 years of sound professional experience in socio-economy, community development and project implementation in the area of water resource management in general and irrigation development and management in particular.

Ms. Sabitri Tripathi Member

Ms. Sabitri Tripathi

M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry (1991) Tribhuwan University, Nepal

Key Expertise
Water, Sanitation, Training

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
Ms. Sabitri Tripathi is Regional Council Member, of Global Water Partnership, South Asia (2013-2016). She was Head of the Department (Science and Humanities Department) of Nepal Engineering College (nec), Changunarayan, Bhaktapur (2010-2013). She was Lecturer at Tribhuwan University and currently serves as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Management Committee at NEC. She had been selected as a Women Water Academics from Nepal by South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) Hyderabad, India in 2009. She has worked as a Coordinator/Researcher on “Development of appropriate safe drinking water (SDW) supply and sanitation system for slums and squatters in Nepal” a project funded by DelPHE (Development Partners in Higher Education) Program of DfID and British Council. She had various publications on water and sanitation. She was Editor of the book “Profile of women water professionals in Nepal” 2010 and the Conference proceedings on Development of Appropriate Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) solutions to the informal settlements and marginalized communities, 2010.

Mr. Rajendra Bir Joshi Member

Mr. Rajendra Bir Joshi

M. E. (Hydraulic Engineering), International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, IHE, Delft, Netherlands, 2000
Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering, College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India, 1987

Key Expertise
Land & Water Development

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
Mr. Rajendra Bir Joshi is a member of Nepalese Society of Agricultural Engineers (NSAE)


National Advisors

Dr. Upendra Gautam Advisor

Dr. Upendra Gautam

PhD (Public Administration):  Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
BA, MA (Political Science): Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu

Key Expertise
Institution development

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
Dr. Upendra Gautam, Advisor of the Trust, has contributed to institutional and community development in the field of water resources management in general and irrigation management in particular in Nepal, the Philippines, India, China and Guyana for over 25 years. He has worked as a consulting expert for the USAID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, FAO, UNDP and other international institutions. He has been associated with the field of journalism and editing for more than three decades both as an editor and freelance writer. He started his public career in 1975 as a lecturer of rural development and institution building at the Campus of Public Administration, Tribhuvan University and as a Professor of Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University. He has acted as a founding authority in promoting non-governmental and private organizations like Consolidated Management Service Nepal Pvt. Ltd (, Nepal Engineering College ( , Jalsrot Vikash Sanstha (Water Resources Development and China Study Center-Nepal ( As founding chairman, he helped initiate and promote Farmer-Managed Irrigation System Promotion Trust, Nepal.

Mr. Som Nath Poudel Advisor

Mr. Som Nath Poudel

M.E. (Water Resources Engineering)
M.A. (Nepali Literature)

Key Expertise
Water resources development, planning and management

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
Mr. Som Nath Poudel, The Advisor of the Trust holds more than 37 years of experience in the field of water resources management including researches and studies on farmer managed irrigation systems. He has been involved in the promotion of participatory planning and user management of water resources sector including the formation of user associations. He served the Government of Nepal for 31 years and held important positions. He took voluntary retirement from the position of Executive Secretary of Water and Energy Commission Secretariat. After that, he became the Director of the SILT Consultants (P.) Ltd. for four years. He is still contributing actively in water sector in Nepal.

Mr. Surya Nath Upadhayay Advisor

Mr. Surya Nath Upadhayay

M.A., B.L, LLM

Key Expertise
Water Resources Law, International Relations on Water Resources

Summary of Qualification and Achievements
Mr. Surya Nath Upadyaya, the Advisor of the Trust, is also a member of Steering Committee of Global Water Partnership Secretariat based in Stockholm, Sweden (2013-2015). He served the Government of Nepal for more than three decades and held various important and key positions. He has helped the government agencies in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, and Central Asian Republics to develop water law and establish a legal regime for the promotion of the private sector, water user organizations and strengthening of public institutions in the water sector. He is also a visiting faculty for International Law on Watercourses at Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University, Nepal. He has been contributing research based papers and lectures on water resources, hydro-power, corruption and governance. A book entitled “International Watercourses Law and a Perspective on Nepal-India Cooperation” is his latest publication.



Dr. Prachanda Pradhan Patron

Dr. Prachanda Pradhan

Mr. Prachanda Pradhan, born in March 1939, was Professor of Public Administration in Tribhuban University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He earned his Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate School and University Center, Claremont, California, in 1969. He was engaged in teaching and research in Tribhuban University, Nepal until 1980. He was a Research Associate at John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, in 1972, and a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Center for International Studies, Cornell University, in 1979 and Visiting scholar at Workshop in Political Theory and Political Analysis, Indiana University, USA in 2002. He worked as Institutional Specialist at International Irrigation Management Institute Sri Lanka from 1986 to 1993. He has worked in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Nigeria, Niger and Guyana.


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