Ms. Anjana Bishankhe: Ms. Bishankhe is an emerging leader, author and political analyst from the Dalit community. Born in Kathmandu and involved in politics from an early age. Ms. Bishankhe is a central committee member of Nepal Communist Party Maoist Center (CPN-MC).
Dr. Purna Nepali: Dr. Purna Nepali has a Ph.D in Land, Livelihood and Social Conflict from Tribhuwan University. The main objective of his PhD research was to examine the policies, legislations or regulations and practices related to access to and control over land resources by Dalits and other socially excluded groups as well as to identify the problems and opportunities inherent in the current policy and legislative sphere.
Dr. Mukta Singh Lama: Dr. Mukta S. Lama (Tamang) is an anthropologist and teaches at the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University. He has a PhD from Cornell University. His dissertation was entitled ‘Himalayan Indigeneity: Histories, Memory, and Identity among Tamang in Nepal’. His major areas of work include indigenous people’s issues, history and identity, participatory approaches, human rights and social inclusion.
Ms. Ashmina Ranjit: Ms. Ashmina Ranjit is a contemporary Artivist who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. She studied art in Nepal, Australia, and the United States. Her work challenges conventional formats and stereotyped fixation in an effort to generate alternative forms of art, culture and life in general. She currently runs an art space called LASANAA, both as organizer and practitioner, to coordinate exhibitions, workshops and performance events that can stimulate the new generation of local artists.
Mr. CK Lal: Mr. C. K. Lal is a widely read columnist and political analyst from Nepal. For over two decades, he has written on a vast range of subjects for Nepali and other South Asian magazines and newspapers. Lal is known for offering trenchant commentary on Nepali society and politics. In 2010 his play Sapanako Sabiti was premiered in Gurukul Theatre. His monograph To Be a Nepalese was published in 2012 by Martin Chautari. He is also co-editor of the volume Chapama Dalit, published by Ekta Books, Kathmandu (2001).
Mr. Charan Prasain: Mr. Charan Prasain has worked for over 20 years as a leading human rights activist in Nepal. He is the former chairperson of Amnesty International Nepal and the Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HURON).
Mr. Dharmendra Jha: Mr. Dharmendra Jha is a freelance journalist. He is adviser to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and former president of the Federation of Nepali Journalists. He has provided training on Right to Information (RTI), Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue (CLD), Early Warning Early Response (EWER), and Local Governance.
Mr. Dipendra Jha: Mr. Dipendra Jha is an advocate at the Supreme Court of Nepal. He has a Master’s degree in human rights from Mahidol University, Thailand. He also has a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Bradford, UK, and is pursuing another Master’s degree in constitutional and criminal law at Nepal Law Campus. He is affiliated to the Terai Justice Center and chairperson of Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance. Advocate Jha’s interventions have been instrumental in strengthening the capacity of marginalized and excluded communities for claiming their rights to citizenship, equal participation in the state mechanisms and access to justice.
Mr. Ganesh BK “Deulal”: Mr. Ganesh BK “Deulal” is a well-known Dalit activist and politician. In 2012 he was honored by Suvash Darnal Memorial Trust for leading the movement of bonded tillers and Dalits in the far-western region of Nepal. He is also president of Rastriya Dalit Network (RDN) Nepal, a national movement-based organization with strong grassroots networks. The organization works in the field of Dalit based on human rights leadership have been well coordinated and established as one of the national alliances.
Mr. Kunda Dixit: Mr. Kunda Dixit is a leading journalist and editor, and an international authority on the press in Asia. He is founder editor and publisher of the Nepali Times, and co-publisher of Himal magazine. He was Asia-Pacific Director of the Inter Press Service from 1990 to 1996 and Director of the Panos Institute South Asia from 1997 to 2000. His publications include ‘Dateline Earth: Journalism as if the Planet Mattered’ (Inter Press Service, 1997) and numerous articles in the print media and online on contemporary media issues and information technology.
Ms. Manjushree Thapa: Ms. Manjushree Thapa, born in Kathmandu, is a Canadian essayist, fiction writer, translator and editor. Her first book was Mustang Bhot in Fragments (1992). In 2001 she published the novel The Tutor of History, which she had begun as her MFA thesis in the creative writing program at the University of Washington. Her best known book is Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy (2005), published just weeks before the royal coup in Nepal on 1 February 2005. The book was shortlisted for the Lettre Ulysses Award in 2006.
Dr. Om Gurung: Dr. Om Gurung is former head of the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University. He is also former chairman of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)—the umbrella organization of various Indigenous groups of Nepal—and has been actively involved in the indigenous peoples movement. Dr. Gurung is a PhD from Cornell University and describes himself as a social activist.
Mr. Suva Bahadur Sunam:Mr. Sunam is a talented musician who also served in the Nepal Army. He has significantly contributed to improving the quality of the Nepal Army band. At the time of retirement, he was serving in the position of Brigadier General. Mr Sunam plays the saxophone, and is also an acclaimed composer and arranger.
Mr. Shankar Limbu: Mr. Shankar Limbu is an advocate by profession. He has long been involved in protecting and promoting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples (IPs), both in Nepal and abroad. He is a member of the board of trustees at the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People, an executive committee member at the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Thailand, and Secretary of LAHURNIP. He also serves as a legal adviser for various IPs’ organizations in Nepal. In addition, he has written articles on human rights issues and rights related to natural resources in national and international journals.
Mr. Subodh Pyakurel: Mr. Subodh Raj Pyakurel is chairperson of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). He is also an executive member of South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR); chairperson of Human Rights Home (HRH); and Convener of NEMA (National Election Monitoring Alliance) and NCICC (National Coalition for ICC), Nepal and HR Treaty Monitoring Coordination Committee (HRTMCC). Mr. Pyakurel served as a member of the National Monitoring Committee on Code of Conduct for Ceasefire (NMCC), which was formed in 2006 to monitor human rights situation during ceasefire. He was appointed member of a high-level committee to monitor composite peace agreement and other political agreements.
Mr. Sushil Pyakurel: Mr. Sushil Pyakurel is the founder of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC). From 2000-2005 he served as a commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal. He is also a founding member of Forum Asia (and Asian forum for human rights and development), People’s SAARC (a forum for civil society in the SAARC region), and Nepal National Teacher’s Association (one of the trade unions formed during the autocratic Panchayat era). He is founding vice-chair of the Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL). Mr. Pyakurel has been working in the human rights sector for the past three decades and was awarded the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights in 2010. He also leads the Accountability Watch Committee, an alliance of senior human rights activists, conflict victims and lawyers.
Mr. Tulanarayan Shah: Mr. Tula Narayan Shah is a well-known columnist. He is also executive director of Nepal Madesh Foundation (NEMAF). NEMAF was established in 2007 by a group of like-minded youths inspired by the Madhesh movement. NEMAF seeks to contribute to a socially, politically and economically developed Madhesh by creating a critical mass of effective civil society in Madhesh/Terai. Towards that end, NEMAF carries out research and informed advocacy.
Ms. Yesso Kanti Bhattachan: Ms. Yesso Kanti Bhattachan is one of the prominent indigenous rights activist of Nepal. She has represented Nepal’s Indigenous Peoples issues in various national and international forums. She co-published Nepalma Jatiya Bibhed (Caste-based Discrimination in Nepal), in 2008) with Tej Sunar. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for several national and international organizations such as DNF-Nepal, NNDSWO in Nepal, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies in Delhi and IDSN, Copenhagen.
Dr. Yam Kisan: Dr. Yam Kisan is a noted legal scholar who has written numerous articles and books on Dalit issues in Nepal. He is currently the President of Jan Utthaan Academy of Nepal. His work highlights the importance of historical narratives and how they shape political and ideological systems, which in turn produce complex networks of power and domination.
Mr. Bhupal Rai: Mr. Bhupal Rai is one of the most influential lyricist and poet of Nepal. His poetry deals with complex questions related to plight, aspirations, and challenges facing Indigenous peoples of Nepal.
Mr. Gyanu Adhikari: Mr. Gyanu Adhikari is a well-known journalist from Nepal. He is a co-founder of The Record, an online magazine. He has also written for The Kathmandu Post, The Hindu and Al-Jazeera.
Mr. Jhalak Subedi: Mr. Jhalak Subedi is a writer, Columnist and Political Analyst. He is a writer of Aadha Jun (Novel based on social issue), British Samrajyaka Nepali Mohara and Gorkha Bhartiko Nalibeli. He has written dozens of article on political and social issue of contemporary Nepal.
Mr. Bishnu Pukar Shrestha: Bishnu Pukar Shrestha is the chairman of Human Rights and Social Transformation Nepal (CAHURAST). The organization works in 67 out of the 75 districts of Nepal. CAHURAST-Nepal and its district chapters work in collaboration with other human rights organizations. All of its projects have special provisions for the inclusion of marginalized groups in the regions where they work.
Mr. Mohan Shah Shankar: Mr. Mohan Shah Shankar is an independent lawyer from the Dalit community. He has filed writs [in the Supreme Court?] that have been of historical importance and set a milestone for Dalit rights and dignity.
Mr. Ramlal BK: Mr. Ramlal BK is a politician and former chairperson of the National Dalit Commission. He is now general secretary of the Dalit sister organization affiliated to Netra Bikram Chanda “Biplop”-led faction of the Maoist party.
Mr. Rajendra Maharjan: Mr. Rajendra Maharjan is an editor of e-samata, an online magazine, and a columnist for Kantipur daily. He has copyedited more than a dozen books on the Dalit movement, Madesh movement and indigenous movement. He has published many articles on social justice issues in different media outlets.
Mr. Ranendra Barali: Mr. Ranendra Barali is a senior Dalit political leader, writer and literary figure. He is affiliated with the Dalit sister organization of the CPN (Maoist-Centre). He has published more than half a dozen books on Dalit issues.
Mr. Kosmos Bishwokarma: Mr. Kosmos Bishwokarma is an editor for Haka-Haki, a reputed monthly magazine that focuses on environmental issues. The magazine is published by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ). Previously he was the editor of Republica daily and worked as a spokesperson for the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).
Ms. Rikke Nohrlind: Rikke Nöhrlind is the Co-ordinator of the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN). She holds a Master’s degree in African (Development) Studies and has worked with the United Nations organisations and international NGOs, including as coordinator of programmes in Southern Africa and as human rights coordinator in DanChurchAid. She has extensive experience in the field of development, human rights and transnational advocacy. She has been engaged in global advocacy for Dalit rights since 1999 and was appointed coordinator when IDSN was established as an international organisation in 2003.
Mr. Rajkumar Trikhatri: Mr. Rajkumar Trikhatri is a Senior Program Manager at Plan International, Nepal. He has over 20 years of experience working on a wide range of development issues with reputed organizations such as Action Aid and Water-Aid in Nepal. His expertise include strategic programme design and development, facilitate implementation, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and reporting for the development programmes and projects that have hardware, software and mixture of both components. The experiences include engagements at the community level, national and multi- country project.