our committee

Kamala Adhikari


Kamala Adhikari, is an accomplished education advocate and leader. As the Chairperson of RHEST, an organization dedicated to girls' education, she has played a pivotal role in its growth and expansion throughout Nepal. With over 30 years of experience in this field, she has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young women through education. Mrs. Adhikari's passion for education has led her to visit many rural areas of Nepal in her work with RHEST. Her educational background includes a Master's degree in History from Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal and she also served as a lecturer at Padma Kanya Campus, eventually becoming the Assistant Campus Chief. Her experience and dedication make her a valuable asset to the education community in Nepal.


Sharada Jnawali

Vice Chairperson

Ms. Jnawali, is an experienced and accomplished independent consultant in the development sector. With a proven track record of success, she possesses a variety of valuable skills including proposal writing, experience with civil society, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and community development. In addition to her professional work, Ms. Jnawali is also dedicated to helping others reach their full potential. She provides mentoring services to young graduates to help them with their professional growth, and offers guidance to non-profits in institution building. Furthermore, she is a health enthusiast and promotes healthy living practices by coaching on lifestyle and mindful eating and even authored books on healthy recipes. Ms. Jnawali has Master's Degree in Economics from Tribhuwan University, Nepal and also received Professional Leadership course in Health and Nutrition from United States of America under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship and certification course in Peace and Conflict under Rotary Peace Fellowship. Her diverse experience, knowledge and skills make her a valuable asset to RHEST.


Sanubaba Ghimire


Sanubaba Ghimire is a seasoned and accomplished independent consultant and Master Trainer in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Leadership and Communication, Life Skills and Counselling, focusing on adolescents and young people. She has over 30 years of experience working with numerous NGOs and INGOs and has trained various population groups in over 60 districts of Nepal. Sanubaba got connected with RHEST as a member of a partner NGO and later provided her services as an independent trainer and counsellor to multiple programs at RHEST. Sanubaba's educational background is in management and social sciences, and she has gained valuable knowledge and experience through various training and workshops throughout her career. She has been the Treasurer of RHEST for the last seven years and is a valuable asset to the RHEST team.


Sudipa Dhungana


Sudipa Dhungana joined RHEST as a volunteer in 2007 and eventually became the Amar Manager. Currently, she is a part of RHEST's board member as secretary. She has participated in several training programs throughout India and Nepal. Her academic journey is just as remarkable as her career pathway. She completed her Master's Degree in Business Administration with special faculty in Human Resource Management from Tribhuvan University in the year 2000.  She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology and has worked as a counselor in organizations, schools, and private sessions since 2020. She has also contributed largely as a trainer, training Friday teachers in identifying mental health illnesses in the community. Her efforts towards mental health management have proven to be beneficial for students and employees of the RHEST.


Ashok Bhurtyal


Ashok Bhurtyal worked with non-governmental organizations for transforming war and violence into peace and development, and protecting traditional health systems. He has managed health and nutrition programs in Nepal's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. Currently, he teaches courses in international health at Tribhuvan University's Institute of Medicine. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in public health.

In addition to his work in public health, Ashok has been engaged in conserving nature, securing sustainable livelihoods of Tibetan communities living in the highlands of Nepal and documenting their interaction with the natural environment.


Krishna Laxmi Maharjan


Krishna Laxmi Maharjan is a dedicated member of RHEST. As an Amar alum, she has firsthand experience of the positive impact that RHEST's efforts can have on individuals and communities. Ms. Maharjan has also given back to the organization by volunteering her time and supporting various activities. In addition to her involvement with RHEST, she is also a skilled architect, currently employed as architect in project office of Urban Development and Building Construction, Babarmahal, Kathmandu. She served as an architect at the National Reconstruction Authority for five years. Ms. Maharjan is also leading  Aakash Ganga Saving and Credit Co-operative Ltd, Harisiddhi, Lalitpur as the Chairperson. Her personal connection to the mission of RHEST and professional expertise make her a valuable asset to the organization and the community it serves.


Saraswoti Thapa




Manu Maya Tamang



Uma Lohani