Our Team

CRT has a very strong team of competent resource persons with substantial professional experience in Nepal's tourism.

ADVISORY BOARD

CRT has an Advisory Board with the following professionals:

Shanker Prasad Koirala

Principal Advisor

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Hon'ble Koirala is a renowned Nepalese development economist. He is a former Minister for Finance in the federal government of Nepal. A person with deep insights into Nepal's economy as a whole, he has strong aptitude and very substantial experience in tourism sector in particular. During his career with the public service system of Nepal he had served at the Ministry of Tourism for almost a decade in various senior positions with responsibilities in policy formulation and implementation. He had contributed significantly to the success of the Visit Nepal Year 1998.

Hon'ble Koirala has also held ministerial portfolios in the Ministry of the Industry, Commerce and Supplies.

Sushil Ghimire

Advisor

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Mr Sushil Ghimire is a former Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of the government of Nepal with substantial experience in overall planning and management of Nepal's entire tourism sector. He has served as the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Hanumandhoka Palace Museum Board.

Mr Ghimire had led the Nepalese delegation to several high level international meetings, conferences and seminars on tourism and travel trade. Some of them include the ITB Travel Mart in Berlin, Germany; World Travel Mart (WTM) in London, UK; Travel sales missions in Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway; International Travel Mart in Melbourne, Australia. He had also led the national delegation to World Heritage Conference of UNESCO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and to the celebration of the Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee Program in Paris, France. He had led a high level delegation to Russia at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture to start cultural exchange program in between Nepal and Russia.

During his long career in the public service system of Nepal, Mr Ghimire had also served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Information and Communication, the Ministry of Land Reform and Management, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Local Development of the federal government of Nepal. He was with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) as a Civil Affairs Officer (P4 level) during 2000-01.

Nagendra Prasad Ghimire

Advisor

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Mr Nagendra Prasad Ghimire is a former Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of the government of Nepal. It was during his tenure as the Secretary, Nepal Tourism Year 2011 was launched as a national campaign. Other important achievements during his occupancy include conducting a detailed feasibility study of the Second International Airport at Nijgad. He had contributed greatly in organizing the first ever cabinet meeting of the government of Nepal at Kalapatthar near the Mt. Everest Base Camp on December 4, 2009. This event had attracted big global attention and was much appreciated by the international community and friends of Nepal. He had vital role in organizing the Summiteers Summit To Save The Himalayas Campaign in Copenhagen to draw the attention of the global community to the perils of climate change.

Mr Ghimire is one of the very few professionals with a thorough knowledge of the functioning of the entire civil aviation system in Nepal. As the first Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, he had contributed substantially to its development and promotion. He was instrumental in successfully conducting the landmark 34th Conference of the Director Generals of Civil Aviation of Asia & Pacific Regions in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1998. It was during his tenure as the Director General, the Indian Airlines flights to and from Kathmandu were resumed. Those flights were suspended by India after the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu.

Dr Bishnudev Pant

Advisor

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Dr Pant has very rich career and occupational history, particularly at the international level, in areas such as Statistics, National Accounts, Quantitative Economics, Economic Policy and Agriculture Policy. A PhD in Applied Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, he was a senior staff-member of the Asian Development Bank at its Head Quarters in Manila from 1996 to 2008. During this period he held several key positions such as the Director of the Development Indicators and Policy Research Division; ICP Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific at the Economics and Research Department; Principal Statistician at the Economics and Research Department; Senior Statistician at the Statistics and Data Systems Division, and Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist at the Bank's Country Office in Nepal. Prior to joining ADB, he had served the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok from 1986 to 1995 in the capacity of the Chief of the Statistical Information Services Section at the Commission's Statistics Division.

Upon retirement from the ADB service system, Dr Pant joined the Instute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), one of the pioneer research organisations in Nepal, as its Executive Director. He had led and guided several research projects on Nepal's economic development, while in this position from 2010 to 2019. The initiation of the IIDS/KU joint Public Policy Project leading to Master's degree in Public Policy program of the Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) is one of several remarkable achiements during his service to this organization. Other professional positions Dr Pant had held in Nepal include Statistics Advisor to the National Planning Commission -NPC (1984-85) and Statistician/Senior Statistician at the Agricultural Projects Services Centre-APROSC (1977-83).

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CRT has an Executive Committee with the following professionals:

Chandra Prasad Bhattarai

Executive Chairman

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Mr Bhattarai is a development economist with almost four decade's national and international work experience in the relevant field. With very extensive field research experience in Nepal in projects commissioned by key international development partners including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, USAID, GTZ, JICA, ActionAid International, International Red Cross, World Education, Plan International etc. in almost all major economic and social development sectors, he is well versed with the ground realities of Nepal's overall economic and social development issues. His specific interest in the tourism sector dates back to the period 1985-1997 when he was the desk officer responsible for the planning and programming of Nepal's tourism sector at the National Planning Commission, the country's apex planning body. It had provided him with a unique opportunity of observing from very close range how Nepal's tourism sector functions, and had enriched him in both the policy issues ranging from the grass root to higher levels of private and public sector engagements, and international development partners' perspectives and priorities for Nepal's tourism sector development.

Mr Bhattarai holds Master's degrees in Economics and in Development Planning from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) and the University of Bradford (UK) respectively. He was awarded a US fellowship for a non-degree course in Public Sector Financial Management at Harvard University. He was associated in a UNDP/ADB/AusAID supported project with the government of Papua New Guinea as a long-term international expert during 2001-2006.

For some time during 2019-20, he was the independent columnist on tourism issues for The Kathmandu Post, Nepal's largest selling English daily.

Click here for some of his articles on Nepal's tourism. Click here for some more articles Dribbble

Mohan Chapagain

Managing Director

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Mr Chapagain is a retired Joint Secretary to the federal government of Nepal with over 30 year's of cumulative experience in the public service system, including in the Ministry of General Administration, Ministry of Agricultural Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has gained rich experience working in different districts across the mountains, hills and plains of Nepal.

The areas of his involvement include governance, local development, national security, conflict management, public policy formulation, project implementation, programme evaluation, and the coordination and collaboration with a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations. He has a proven track record of promoting social inclusion and capacity building of the indigenous, marginalized and oppressed communities at the local level in Nepal. He has also contributed to the local poverty alleviation efforts through the mobilization of local means and resources, and the optimal utilization of the skills and technologies.

Mr Chapagain holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.



CONSULTANTS

In addition to the in-house strength, CRT engages the best available resource persons in its research projects.