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Swati Thapa
Executive Director and Board Member , Not for Profit Organization
Kathmandu , Nepal
Professional with more than 10 years of experience in government, non-government and international organizations in Nepal. Currently, seeking for new challenging environment and international position with hands-on technical expertise to develop global strategy and planning, supervising operational management, ensuring quality and integrity to support development programs. Can relocate immediately
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
Professional Experience:
I am a professional with more than twelve years of work experience with government, semi-government, non-government and international organizations.

I would like to bring into kind attention that I have got hands-on experiences and knowledge with the technical capacity to develop global strategy and planning, supervising operational management, ensuring quality and integrity to support Food Security and Livelihood, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects and programs. Additionally, I have gained high professional experience in the field of Environmental Monitoring Data Science Program, Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change, Climate Change and risk assessment, Disaster Risk Management, Natural Resource Management, Women and Youth Empowerment, Community Development and needs assessment.

Currently, I am associated with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), largest semi-government organization under Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of Nepal as a Governing Board of Trustees (Nominated by Hon. Minister of Forest and Environment from 2018-2022). As one of the key actors in the development of community –based conservation in Nepal, I have worked together with many donor agencies in developing strategies, plans and policies in conservation and development for more than a decade now. At present, I am also the Executive Director and Governing Board Member of Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation, one of the leading not for profit organization in academics, research and community engagements projects and programs in Province 5 of Nepal. One of the key contributions of the project was the establishment of Rohini Urban Forests and Wildlife Habitat (RUFWH) Conservation Partnership project and Danda Ecological Monitoring Program in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, Nepal Study Centre and the Government of Nepal.

Furthermore, I am highly committed to conserve biodiversity, protect environment, and address the climate change issues and support people and affected communities immediately after a disaster through rehabilitation, reconstruction and sustainable recovery programs.

Besides, it is my great pleasure to share that I was recently awarded with “Public Hero Award” in 2019 for the contribution made for Environmental issues and River Conservation in Province 5 of Nepal. I have also contributed in various national and international books/journals as an editor and co-author “Conservation Pugmarks”, “A Light in the Dark of Nepalese Teens”: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene research with focus in Menstrual Hygiene.

Lastly, it is important to highlight that through my diverse experiences in a leadership and decision making position with government, semi-government and international organizations; I have been working as a competent individual in policy making, implementation and innovation.

Currently, I hold two Masters degree awarded by Erasmus University, Rotterdam in Urban Management and Development with specialization in Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change (Master of Science) and also awarded by Tribhuvan University in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (Master of Arts). I have also completed a short term master’s course in International Development Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway. It is also a great pleasure to address that I have recently completed my MPhil in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University.
Affiliations and Achievements:
My notable affiliations and achievements includes: facilitation by Rt. Hon Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal for outstanding contribution made to create a historic cabinet meeting Historic Cabinet meeting at Everest Base Camp and Summiteers’ Summit to Save the Himalayas at Copenhagen, Denmark with an aim to draw the global attention for the effects of the perils of Climate Change (2010); awarded as a U.S Legislative and Governance Fellow by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, in addition completed internship at Alderman William D. Burns office, Illinois, Chicago, USA (2013); represented onbehalf of Nepalese Youths for 6th World Youth Congress at Rio+20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012); awarded with Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for professional training program on “ Innovation in Women’s Health” at Haifa, Israel (2018); awarded with Netherlands Fellowship Program for short term professional course on Managing Risk in the Face of Climate Change organized by Wageningen University and Research, Thailand, Bangkok (2018); awarded under Singapore Cooperation Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for international course on “Climate Change and Emerging Threats” at Nanyang Technological University (2019); completed intensive leadership program in ecology monitoring program, WASH, Livelihoods programs with Professor of Economics, University of New Mexico, USA (2019).

It is my great pleasure to mention that I am currently an alumni of the US State Department Legislative and Governance Fellowship Program, USA; alumni of Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), Israel; alumni of Singapore Cooperation Program; alumni of Netherlands Fellowship Program, The Netherlands; charter member of Lions Club of Lumbini, Nepal; charter member of Toastmasters International Bhairahawa, Nepal ; alumni of CIFAL Jeju, South Korea; member of Human Service Organization, Bhairahawa, Nepal.

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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Nepali
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