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People

Board of Directors

Dr. Dinesh Pathak

President

Dr. Dinesh Pathak is a Professor at the Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University. He graduated in geology from Tribhuvan University and continued his research in exploration geophysics and hydrogeology (MS and Ph.D.) from Osaka City University. He is carrying out research in the field of hydrogeological assessment in the mountainous regions and plain areas; Natural hazards, especially landslides and floods; geomorphic evaluation for hydrogeological and landslide hazard assessment; Climate change projection leading to its impact in various sector, primarily in landslide and groundwater. Further, he has also provided professional services to the government, non-government and private sectors to execute various projects in these fields as a team leader and team member. Pathak has more than 3 dozens of publications in peer-reviewed national and international scientific journals. He has supervised dozens of students in master thesis and also some Ph.D. students are conducting research under his supervision.

Dr. Pathak has contributed to professional societies in various capacities, like Nepal Geological Society (President and General Secretary), Nepal GIS Society (Executive Member); Nepal Hydrogeological Association (Executive Member). He has also served as Editor (Journal of Nepal Geological Society) and Chief Editor (Bulletin of Nepal Hydrogeological Association).


Dr. Rocky Talchabhadel

Vice-President

Dr. Talchabhadel is working as a Research Scientist at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso, Texas A&M University, USA. He is a hydrologist/water resources engineer, and he obtained his Ph.D. in Civil and Earth Resources Engineering in 2017 from Kyoto University, Japan. He has published over two dozen research papers and co-authored over forty publications in top-tier international/national journals. His expertise includes Hydrology, Atmosphere, Climate Change, Hydraulics, Remote Sensing, Water Resources Engineering, and Sediment Transport.


Dr. Bhesh Raj Thapa

General Secretary

Er. Dr. Bhesh Raj Thapa is an Associate professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Universal Engineering and Science College, affiliated with Pokhara University and working in the capacity of Principal. Dr. Thapa is a water resources engineer and did his Ph.D. in Integrated River Basin Management from the University of Yamanashi, Japan under the MEXT scholarship awarded by the government of Japan. He has been awarded Young Scientist Award 2077 by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in recognition of extensive research and scientific contribution in the area of water resources research and he is also affiliated with NAST as an associate fellow. He has also been honored with Nepal Vidyabhusan Padak ‘KA”; awarded by the Government of Nepal in recognition of outstanding academic performance in Ph.D. in Engineering.

He has expertise in the design and implementation of multipurpose water resources projects, hydropower, irrigation, agricultural water management, hydrological and hydrogeological modeling, groundwater management, and governance. He has worked as a water resource expert at several governmental (WECS, DWIDM, DOI, and DSCWM) and non-governmental agencies (World Bank, IWMI). Dr. Thapa has several years of teaching experience at the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, and Himalaya College of Engineering. He has published dozens of research papers in top-tier international journals and voluntarily affiliated with several renowned research-based institutions in Nepal.


Mr Anoj Khanel

Mr. Anoj Khanal

Treasurer

Mr. Anoj Khanal is a hydrogeologist at Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB) with strong expertise in urban groundwater management. He earned his Master’s degree in Geology with a specialization in Hydrogeology from the Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University. He has more than six years of demonstrated work history in the fields related to regulation, governance, and management of groundwater, water insecurity and inequity, stable water isotopes, shallow aquifer characterization, and geological mapping. He has extensive experience in managing various research projects focused on water supply management, water quality analysis, freshwater lens thickness, wastewater management, groundwater recharge, asset management for the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Water Supply, KVWSMB.


Ms. Meera Prajapati

Member

Mrs. Prajapati is working as coordinator of the Department of Environmental Science at Khwopa College, Bhaktapur. She completed her M.Sc (Environmental Science) with specialization in Water Quality Management from IHE-Delft, Netherlands, and Water Resources Management from Khwopa College (Tribhuvan University). She has been working in Environmental Science for more than a decade and has expertise in water quality management and water resources management. She has supervised several MSc thesis and has published research papers in top-tier international and national journals. Mrs. Prajapati is currently working as treasurer in S4W-Nepal, and she has also been associated with several research organizations.


Dr. Saroj karki

Member

Currently working as a Water-Resources Engineer at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development, Province-1, Nepal, Karki carries over eight years of experience in the management of water-induced hazards in Nepal. He has accomplished several projects on river training and landslide protection. As a River professional, his interest lies in finding the practical solutions to the underlying water-related issues of Nepal which range from the management of water-induced disasters, sediment, and the surface and groundwater problems of the country. His area of expertise includes Fluvial hydraulics, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, River morphology, etc.


Er. Rajaram Prajapati

Member

Mr. Prajapati is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He completed his M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering from the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mr. Prajapati is a co-founder of S4W-Nepal and he also worked as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of S4W-Nepal for five years and he has two years of teaching experience in hydropower and irrigation engineering as an assistant lecturer at Khwopa Engineering College. Rajaram’s research interests focus on developing new ideas to fill the hydro-meteorological data gaps in data-scarce regions through remote sensing and citizen science approaches. At present, Rajaram is looking over a citizen-science-based project in the Kathmandu Valley as a Country Director. Besides, Mr. Prajapati is representing Nepal in CitizenScience.Asia as a country ambassador. Rajaram has always had a passion for research in these areas and is excited to supervise the works of the S4W team!


Kehsav-Basnet

Dr. Kehsav Basnet

General Member

Dr. Basnet is a Nepalese citizen who earned his Diploma and B.E. in Civil Engineering from Nepal. He received an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2010. Dr. Basnet received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics) in 2015 from the University of Iowa. He then joined the University of Tennessee as a Post-Doc Research Associate and performed watershed modeling. He investigated unsteady flow physics around an obstacle in his MS thesis and Ph.D. thesis. Dr. Basnet returned to Nepal in 2016 to support a newly started MS program at Pashchimanchal Campus, Pokhara. He joined the Campus as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering (Water Resources). After coming to Nepal, he is continuously involved in research related to flood management (stormwater management and river flooding) and watershed management by performing hydraulic and hydrologic modeling including CFD. Dr. Basnet has not only published scholarly papers in national and international journals but he is also actively working on a review of papers for various top internal journals in his field. Further information about Dr. Basnet can be found at http://www.kbasnet.com.np/.


Executive Team

Bijay Shakya

Dr. Bijay Shakya

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Shakya obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Natural, Biotic, and Social Environmental Engineering from the University of Yamanashi, Japan in March 2020. He completed his Master’s degree with a specialization in Hydrogeology from the Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. With the combined support of the University of Yamanashi, Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Japan Science and Technology (JST), and Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB) he is eager to connect the dots in identifying the groundwater system of the Kathmandu valley, Nepal. Dr. Shakya is also undertaking research on municipal tap water systems of the Kathmandu valley using isotopic approaches with the aid of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). Besides that, he has gained experience in restoring the mountain springs and designing deep tube wells for deep groundwater extraction and water management practice for irrigational purposes in Nepal. He has collected various national and international working experiences on research and management of surface and subsurface water resources. He is dedicated to research activities for the sustainable watershed management practice in Nepal and is delighted to be a part of S4W-Nepal in linking the ideas of the citizen scientist and young scientist for the broader scientific research.


Mr. Sudeep Duwal

Research Associate

Mr. Duwal is a graduate student at Tribhuwan University. He completed his B.Sc. Environmental Science graduate from Khwopa College, Bhaktapur. Previously, he was involved in the water, health, and sanitation (WASH) sector as a volunteer and in the vermicomposting sector as an entrepreneur. Through S4W-Nepal, he aims to extend his knowledge in the water sector, expand his research skills, and know more about the citizen scientist approach. Working in S4W-Nepal, he understood both challenges and opportunities in water resource management in the Kathmandu Valley and is now curious to know how the data generated by citizen scientists can help sustainable water management.


Ms. Priya Silwal

Research Associate

Priya completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science from Naya Aayam Multidisciplinary Institute (NAMI), Nepal. She is fiercely passionate about improving the state of water resources and is highly dedicated to this goal. She has served as a volunteer in WEPCO and worked as an editor in Resource Himalaya Foundation. She is interested to know how citizen scientists can be utilized to fulfill the gap in hydrological data. Working in S4W-Nepal, she found her keen interest in groundwater resources and is planning to do her final year project on groundwater quality assessment. She feels very fortunate to be a part of the talented team focused on sustainable water resources management.


Mr. Umesh Sejwal

Admin and Finance Officer

Umesh completed his Bachelor’s in Business Studies from Adarsha Azad College, Bhaktapur affiliated to Tribhuvan University. He has three years of teaching experience at Ganesh Secondary School, Bhaktapur. He is currently working as a Logistics Assistant at S4W-Nepal and is very interested in logistics-related works. He has good communication skills and has a keen interest in research too. He has fine managerial skills and aims to become a great manager in the future. He is happy and excited to be surrounded by people who work for the environment’s welfare, mainly water resources. He realizes environmental protection as his principal responsibility as a citizen.


Mr. Hanik Lakhe

Research Assistant

Hanik is a final-year student of the BSc. Environmental Science at Khwopa College, Bhaktapur. He worked as a citizen scientist at S4W-Nepal  collecting daily precipitation data and monthly traditional hiti system (wells, pond, and stone taps) measurements. With time, he realized the actual value of water resources and has developed a keen interest and passion for understanding the traditional hiti system, groundwater resources, and other water-related themes. He is amazed to see how ordinary people are trained and inspired to collect hydro-meteorological data. He is very excited and eager to see how these citizen science-based data collected helps ordinary citizens understand water-related issues and supports water managers to solve these critical problems. He has a deep interest in the research mainly on water resources and is pleased to be a part of S4W Nepal.


Mr. Shreeben Shakya

Research Intern

Shreeben is a student of the BSc. Environmental Science at Khwopa College, Bhaktapur, and is currently associated with S4W-Nepal as a ‘Research Intern’. Water is an essential component of life, so he believes that it is a joyous move to work for the sustainability of water resources. He also enjoys practical workshops and believes in teamwork. He feels great being a part of S4W-Nepal as it meets his area of interest and assumes co-ordinating with this enthusiastic team has broadened his skills.


Ms. Anusha Chalise

Research Intern

Anusha completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science from Naaya Aayam Multi-Disciplinary Institute (NAMI), Kathmandu. She is extremely eager to make a contribution to research related to water resource conservation and management. She is amused by the use of the citizen scientist approach in data collection and water resource monitoring in S4W-Nepal. She is currently interning as a ‘Research Assistant’ at S4W-Nepal. She considers being a part of this organization as a great opportunity to brush up her knowledge and research skills.