Mr. Prasanna Yonzon has a work experience of over three decade on natural resource management in Nepal from monitoring illegal wildlife trade to protecting endangered wildlife species and addressing climate change through local adaptation. He is the founding member and the CEO of WCN. He has mentored young people towards conservation and environment through interaction, inspirational speeches and through presentations including sharing of knowledge on environment and natural resources. He has developed networks with enforcement agencies - Nepal Police, Armed Police, Nepal Ex-Police Association, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Forests to protect endangered species from illegal wildlife trade and poaching. He has also developed and implemented several training courses aimed in building the capacities of police officers and army personnel through trainings on environment protection. He has co-authored books on wildlife protection which is extensively used in the Police Academy as training manual. He was also involved in biodiversity surveys in mammals that include Terai Arc Landscape inventory project, National Biodiversity Action Plan and other related mammal surveys for different projects.
Trained on landuse planning for protected areas and buffer zone development and conflict management from Leipzig, Germany and an alumni of Asia Pacific Leadership program, he holds an M.Sc. in Zoology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. In 1999 he led the team under the then King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation for the development of the operation plan of Barandabhar Forest, 2000 -2005. He was also the Project Coordinator for National Biodiversity Action Plan (GEF), 1996-1998.
Ms. Sanjeevani Yonzon Shrestha is a well-known Environmentalist and Director at Wildlife Conservation Nepal. Her career spans a little over twenty years as a conservationist, educator, writer and a humanitarian responder. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University and is pursuing a degree in pedagogy. Ms. Yonzon is especially committed to engaging communities and people from all walks of life in nature conservation and to transform the way environmental education is taught in Nepal. She has co-written more than ten teacher guidebooks, several lesson plans and curricula on Environment.
She is a US Embassy’s IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) fellow and currently she is leading the Green School movement with her team. She is also involved in developing community-based innovative solutions to mitigate the repercussions of climate change and create viable local business solutions to tackle such issues. In the past few years, Ms. Yonzon has developed and implemented educational and advocacy programs and projects on wildlife conservation, waste management, climate change, and natural resource management in coordination with different stakeholders and different levels of government of Nepal.
Program Manager / Senior Nature Interpreter
Ms. Ritu Gurung KC is a Senior Program Manager at WCN and has over 15 years of experience of managing projects on Natural Resource Management. She has led projects where the key focus areas are mobilizing women for sustainable livelihood and forestry, interactive environmental education, advocacy and outreach. At WCN she is responsible for the organization’s strategy and project development and its execution. She graduated with dual degree (MSc.) in International Studies in Tropical Aquatic Ecology from Bremen University, Germany and Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. She is a recipient of DAAD Scholarship program and is also an IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) Alumni.
Mr. Nabin Gopal Baidya is a noted environmentalist and Program Manager/Senior Nature Interpreter at Wildlife Conservation Nepal. With more than 15 years of working experience, he has spent his professional life working for research and developmental projects that focus on conservation of wildlife and protecting endangered flora and fauna, mitigating the consequences of human-wildlife conflict, as well as securing the safety and livelihoods of residents who closely share their environment with wildlife.
He holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Wildlife management from Tribhuvan University of Nepal and attended East-West Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa for Asia-Pacific Leadership Program (APLP). He is also a Law Graduate from Nepal Law Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal and EMBA from Ace Institute of Management (affiliated to Pokhara University.
Senior Program Officer / Nature Interpreter
Mr. Subash Kharel is a highly motivated and dedicated Environmentalist working for more than 12 years in this field. He has been associated with WCN since 2009 and involved in Environmental Education program in which he has successfully coordinated different activities to reach out various location of the country to generate general awareness on environment. Mr. Kharel has expertise on developing publications produced by the organization and also outside of the organization. He is one of the strategic members of WCN and also actively involved in liaison government officials as well as other partner organizations. He has proficiency on Local Curriculum Development and Green School Concept and engaged on flourishing both for the better learning outcome and conservation of environment.
He has a strong background on climate change issues and natural resources management. He also has long working experience with community forestry where he has provided his intelligence in livelihood enhancement of marginalized community with green business.
Mr. Rajeshwar Rijal, Nature Interpreter at WCN is an Educator and Social Scientist. An expert of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA), Mr. Rijal has more than 15 years of professional experience. He has contributed on institutionalizing Interactive Environmental Education in Schools and developed several local curricula for different local governments of Nepal. Moreover, he has been supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation activities for the improvement of livelihood of rural communities and worked for Natural Resource-based Community Development Activities in different parts of Nepal. His competence on different publications of Wildlife Conservation Nepal and Nepal Government is exemplary.
Mr. Rijal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental science and Master’s Degree in Rural Development specialization in Natural Resource Management from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal.
Finance Officer and Admin Assistant
Mr. Buddha Bhakta Maharjan is the Finance Officer and Admin Assistant at Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) with more than 9 years of established experience in the field of accounting, finance and administration. Mr. Maharjan is a graduate of Business Studies, Management Faculty from Patan Multiple Campus in Patan Dhoka and on his way to earn MBA from Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University. Also, his interest lies on being an entrepreneur to support local women groups.
Mr. Pranaya Bikram Thapa is the Multimedia Facilitator at WCN and has more than 10 years of working experience in this field. He is accountable for the visual documentation of all the events of organization. Mr. Thapa holds a Bachelor Degree in Interactive media Design from Raffles Design College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also a photography enthusiast and has been pursuing a career in this very field.
Ms. Sarita Pandey, Field Coordinator at Wildlife Conservation Nepal has more than 3 years of proven experience. A scholar of Pokhara University graduated her MSc. in Water Resource Management from Nepal Engineering College; Ms. Pandey is also a focal person for Eco-Smart School program where she is responsible for coordinating, consolidating, and ensuring smooth implementation of program and operations’ activities and adherence to logistic, volunteer management and administration. Partaking from the previous experience as a social mobilizer, she has provided her assistance in organizing several national conference and school level exhibitions, workshops, seminars, consultative meetings, talk programmes of WCN.
Currently she is on her way to become a Law graduate from Nepal Law Campus, Kathmandu. Her field of interest varies from Research, Education to Public Policy.
Digital Communication and Campaigns Facilitator
Mr. Rohan Shrestha, Digital Communication and Campaigns Facilitator, is in charge for the effective promotion and accurate exchange of relevant information and resources including outreach and community events. Also, he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Environmental Science from College of Applied Sciences – Nepal, Tribhuvan University. Beside this, his interest focuses on analysis and the effective management of environmental issues in various surroundings through research and projects.
At WCN he supports development and implementation of Campaigns that addresses current environmental issues with relevant information and innovative ideas, and back-stopping support. He also participates as a facilitator for the Eco Smart School Program.
Ms. Shiraja Pandey, intern at Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) began her working experience as a volunteer for WCN’s knowledge based program Nepal Prakriti Pathshala (NPP) for a year. A Graduate of Bachelor in Environmental Science, Amrit Campus (affiliated to Tribhuvan University), Ms. Pandey believes in “We have potential to do better provided we work honestly”. She handles all logistic for Eco-Smart School Program. She has participated in different training, workshop and conference. Past experience as a researcher in bachelor thesis in Ecotourism imparted her interest in Ecotourism.
Ms. Chetna Gurung started her journey by volunteering for WCN’s Nepal Prakriti Pathshala (NPP) for two years and is now working as an intern. She has completed B.Sc. Environment Science from Naya Aayam Multidisciplinary Institute (NAMI), which is in affiliation with the University of Northampton. At WCN she is responsible for volunteer mobilization and youth engagement program. She also supports as a facilitator for the Eco Smart School Program and has involved herself in content writing. She is also a Wedu Rising Star fellow, which is a mentorship program for women empowerment.