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Executive Member

July 2019
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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

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 Development 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

Mr. Suman Sijapati, after having served for the Government of Nepal in the field of irrigation / water resources for more than two decades, he 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.

Mr. Sijapati 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, Chaing 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.

chetman Budthapa

Mr. Chetman Budthapa Member Secretary

Master in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Bachelor in Sociology from Lucknow University, India

Mr. Chetman Budthapa is a Sociologist with more than twenty years of experience in the WUA participation, WUA training and WUA Capacity building Activities. Currently, Mr. Budthapa is working as senior Sociologist (Under Secretary) in Irrigation and Water Resources Management Project (IWRMP- Department of Irrigation, Ministry of Irrigation) funded by World Bank. He is basically responsible for WUA capacity strengthening, social issues of irrigation projects, advising to WUA for roles and their performance in Irrigation Management Transfer activities of IWRMP. Mr. Budthapa has also been involved in INPIM- Nepal (International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management – Nepal) as a joint secretary. He has visited many irrigation Projects thus has a good knowledge of all types of WUAs in Nepal. He has participated in different Irrigation Management Programs held in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Philippines. Having organized more than 300 training events for WUA and DOI Staffs and also participated as a resources person /presenter in more than 300 training program/ events, he has delivered his presentation on WUA Institutional development, Leadership, Office Management, role of WUA in PIM Etc., in the events organized by DOI and its line agencies. He has managed many International Study tours, observation tour and trainings for DOI/MOI officer for their capacity building in new technology of Irrigation and Water Management. He has attended various international trainings on Project Management and Irrigation Management and published several articles in Irrigation newsletters of DOI on Participatory Irrigation Management in Nepal. He has made significant contribution for preparing various strategic paper on rural development in Nepal.

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.

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

Mr. Joshi is a member of Nepalese Society of Agricultural Engineers (NSAE)


Ms. Monica Maharjan, Member

Ms. Monica Maharjan holds a M.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Management from Pokhara University and is also a graduate of Master of Climate Change from the Australian National University. Ms. Maharjan has past experiences in national- and regional-level researches as a Research Consultant, Data Manager, Field Research Officer and Coordinator in various districts of terai and hilly regions. Currently, she works as Research Associate at Nepal Development Research Institute. She wishes to continue her contribution in producing knowledge bases on contemporary issues in environment and society through her researches.


Mr. Samundra Sigdel, Treasurer

Mr. Samundra Sigdel holds Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Tribhuvan University. He has more than ten years experience in financial planning, execution and reporting to different national and international donor agencies. He has worked as a researcher in different studies related to FMIS. Currently, he is a Treasurer at Farmer Managed Irrigation (FMIS) Promotion Trust.





Mr. Pravakar Pradhan, Co-member

Mr. Pravakar Pradhan completed his Master’s degrees in Urban Environmental Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2003 in Thailand. He worked as Research Associate, at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT in Thailand (April 2004-Feb. 2013). He got an opportunity to pursue various types of research activities related to urban issues such as land use, water use, air pollution, climate change, etc. during his tenure at AIT. Currently,  Mr. Pradhan works as a Research Faculty to deliver two courses, i.e. Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Department of Civil Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), Khumaltar, Lalitpur.


Rubika PP

Ms. Rubika Shrestha, Co-member

Ms. Rubika Shrestha is working as Planning, Monitoring and Knowledge Management Coordinator, Integrated Water Resources Management Programme, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal. Ms. Shrestha is a civil engineering with master degree in water resources management. She has professional experience of more than 10 years with different governmental and non-governmental agencies in development field especially in water sector. Her fields of expertise are: Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), soil conservation and integrated water resources management, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of development work.



Mr. Ashish Bhadra Khanal, Co-member

Er. Ashish Bhadra Khanal, born in Oct. 1968, has an exceptional professional record with pleasant personality and good leadership quality. Er. Khanal is affiliated with the Department of Irrigation and has been working as Project Implementation unit head in Bagmati River Basin Improvement project

MSc in Water Science and Engineering: Specialization in Land and Water Development, 2006, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands.
B. Tech (Civil), 1993, Government Engineering College, Trichur, Kerala affiliated to University of Calicut, India

Key Expertise
Planning, designing, Research and GIS

Er. Khanal has bountiful of experience in the sector of irrigation planning, carrying out procurement for the international Contractor, Carrying out EIA and research for the Bagmati Basin Improvement plan accounting for the experience for 26 years. Currently he is working as project Implementation head in Bagmati River Basin Improvement project that aims to restore the excess water at Monsoon and release them during dry season for maintaining the flow. As an employee under the ministry of Irrigation he has also carried out different research for updating the Irrigation Master Plan and River Basin Plan. He was also one of the key members to frame the Water Resources Project Preparatory Facility under the support of ADB and Government of Nepal. He has also developed irrigation benchmarking of various surface and groundwater irrigation projects, in the framing of ‘Irrigation Policy’, 2013. Besides, these he has also been involved in the monitoring, evaluation and rehabilitation of the irrigation projects in different parts o Nepal. With his exposure to various national and international training on various parts of the world like Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and Australia, he has developed extensive knowledge on the water resource planning, hydrological structure designing & development and leadership qualities. He has also presented his research paper in different institutions and conference. He has also been involved in various humanitarian work as a founder of Prabha Shree Foundation working for the backward and lower caste people of Tanahu, Nepal, as an executive member of Tritunga Development Society, Nepal and Member of UCEP (Under privileged Children Education Program), Nepal.

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

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

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

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

Dr. 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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