Mona Shrestha Adhikari has more than 25 years of experience working in the private sector, national and international non-governmental organizations and international organizations.
Her experience ranges from working with organisations like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, the Economic Policy Incubator project of Department for International Development (DFID)/Palladium Group in Nepal which required working in close coordination with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Development and the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal. She served as a Gender and Trade Advisor of South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Programme (SARTFP), a project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Government. She has also worked with Action Aid offices in Nepal and Sri Lanka, Forum for Protection of Public Interest (Pro Public), Water Aid in Nepal and the United Nations Development, Regional Office – Bangkok on areas relating to education, child rights, trade and development, women rights and gender equality. Prior to this she also has 7 years of experience working with a joint-venture commercial bank, Nepal Indosuez Bank.
She has conducted extensive studies and published on the topics of judicial gender equality, gender and trade and various contemporary socio-economic issues and presented papers at a number of international conferences. Her chapter “Nepalese new women workers in the hotel industry: Exploring women’s work and respectability,” is published in a book titled Rethinking New Womanhood: Practices of Gender, Class, Culture and Religion in South Asia in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom.
She holds a PhD in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Warwick (UK), Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies specializing on women, gender and development from the Institute of Social Studies (the Netherlands) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Pune (India).
Shiv Raj Bhatt has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education and as well as in the field of Developmental Economics.
As an educator he has a decade long experience which includes teaching economics and research at Tribhuvan University Nepal, Institute of Social Studies - ISS, the Netherlands, and NGOs like South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment – SAWTEE and Institute of Integrated Development Studies – IIDS.
As a Development Economics expert, he has more than two decades of experience, working in different countries like Nepal, Solomon Islands, South Sudan and the Netherlands. He has also worked with national governments (Government of Nepal, Solomon Islands Government and the Government of Republic of South Sudan) and international agencies (UNDP, UNCTAD, etc.).
Mr. Bhatt also publishes articles and academic research papers on contemporary issues. More than a dozen research papers, more than 100 articles and various studies/books/book chapters were published in Nepal and abroad.
Mr. Bhatt did his Masters’ Degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University in 1992 and in Development Studies (specialization in Development Economics) from the ISS, Netherlands in 2001.
Aleena Udas Sharma has more than a decade of work experience, which includes working with the banking sector, a national non-governmental organization in Nepal, and as an educator in different management institutes in New Delhi, India.
As an instructor, her teaching experience encompasses teaching both the postgraduate and undergraduate management students in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.
She is a columnist and freelance writer and has contributed articles on contemporary social issues such as gender discrimination, bias and prejudices, parenting, education, etc. in Republica and Annapurna Post in Nepal. She also contributes to DailyO, an online platform from the India Today Group and to a blogging website momspresso.com.
She holds a Post Degree Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Business Management from University of Winnipeg, Canada. She also acquired Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (IILM) New Delhi, Masters in Human Resource Management from Annamalai University and Bachelors in Education from Panjab University, India.
Ms. Deepa Shakya is an educator, researcher and a trainer with more than 12 years of professional experience in the field of gender, inclusion, private sector development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), research studies, and project management. She has been trained on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Gender Responsive Budget, Development Impact Evaluation, and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). She has been offering training in the field of project management, M&E, report writing and MHM.
Her educational background includes Masters in Development Studies (MDS), specialized in Evaluation and Design from East West University, Bangladesh; and Masters in Business Studies (MBS), specialized in Marketing from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has been conferred with a Gold Medal in Masters in Development Studies, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh for academic achievement.
Ashish Silwal is a business graduate who has donned many hats since his graduation. He is currently pursuing his postgraduate degree in International Management at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is working as a strategic project manager at Strathclyde Business Network, a student led organization at Strathclyde Business School.
He was associated with Columbus International School in various capacities. He started as an English Teacher and later on co-created a course named ‘Smart Class’. He has also worked as a teaching assistant at Kathmandu School of Law wherein he created and facilitated a range of public speaking and creative writing workshops.
Apart from this he has co-founded a podcast titled ‘18 minutes with Satyal and Silwal’ on YouTube centered toward the youth spreading different ideas such as empathy, introspection, and positivity for 81 continuous weeks.
In addition to this he has also partnered up with Empowerment Academy, an independent wing of King’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal to organize two National Speaking Championships, and two mini conferences aimed at students and professionals. He has also delivered workshops on storytelling in social media, marketing, presentation skills, creative writing with various organizations such as Saurya Airlines, Triveni Group of Industries, Smart Hub, and Solo Women Travelers Nepal.
Yvonne Watson is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design who has held a number of positions in art and design higher education institutions, in the USA & UK. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum & Learning in Parsons School of Design. As an Associate Dean for C&L she works closely within the Dean’s Office with oversight of curricula program development and pedagogy innovations within Parsons.
She has worked with the communities of women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia and Mongolia to enhance their product development process through the delivery of trend and design development workshops and has also designed curriculum for fashion design institutes in a number of countries including in Dubai, Ethiopia and Mongolia.
She is interested in proposing new ways to facilitate conversations between global artisans and the fashion industry in order to expand opportunities for holistic engagement that fully empowers an alternative global fashion supply chain.
EMERGE Pvt. Ltd. is a multi-disciplinary consulting and capacity building company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.