The Board of Trustees

ALEX SWARBICK (Chair) - Alex lives and works in Singapore as Regional Director for leadership development organisation Roffey Park. During the 1990s, Alex worked in Nepal as Personnel Director for the International Nepal Fellowship.
GRACE KHALING (Vice-Chair) - Grace is an active member of the Nepali Isai Mandali Lalitpur Church, where she serves as an elder, as well as in several volunteer roles. She has been working with the Asian Development Bank for over 28 years, and has considerable work experience with other international organisations. She also serves as a Board member for other para-church organisations.
FELICITY WEVER - Felicity is based in Sydney, Australia, and has a background in international aid and development. She is currently the Head of International Programmes for UNICEF Australia. Felicity previously worked for Baptist World Aid Australia, helping to establish UMN's Child-Centred Community Development programmes.
HOM KHATRI - Hom worked with World Vision International Nepal as Finance Director, and previously as an Internal Auditor. He also served as a Board Chairman for Bethel Saving and Credit Cooperative Ltd. As a member of Nepal Isai Mandali, he has been providing support in financial management as a finance committee member. He also previously worked for seven years with Nepal Bible Society as Finance and Admin Officer.
SUBASH PRADHAN - Subash is an ordained minister who served as the principal of Nepal Baptist Bible College for eight years. He now serves as one of the revisers in the Revision Team at Nepal Bible Society. Currently, he is on the board of the Living Baptist Church, and also serves as a Board member for other NGOs.
LALBIAKHULUI ROKHUM - Kuki, as she is more popularly known, is currently the Director of Training and Mobilisation of EFICOR, India where she has worked since 2002. Kuki is passionate about issues of justice and is involved in teaching about issues such as HIV and AIDS, creation care and climate change.
AJAY SHARMA - Ajay has been working in community development and transformation since 2002. He is a Director of WACT, an NGO working in the far western region of Nepal. He has served on the board of different local and national level NGOs in Nepal. He has experience in conducting evaluations of development projects and organisational assessment of NGOs.
HEIDI WESTBORG STEEL – Heidi is based in Oslo, Norway and has a background in leadership, organisational development and geography. She had her upbringing in Asia and Africa and has worked for Blue Cross Norway, with alcohol and drug related problems in Southern Africa. She was previously the head of HimalPartner, one of UMN’s partner organisations. She is now working for ICDP (International Child Development Program) and taking a masters in leadership and global mental health.
DAVID RODGERS – David and his wife Sandra live in Northern Ireland. They have three children. David first visited Nepal as a medical student in 1986. He returned for a visit in 1990 and met Sandra, who was working in Tansen Hospital at that time. After getting married back in Ireland they served together, with UMN, in Amp Pipal from 1995 to 2001. David, a retired GP, is also a trustee of UMN Hospitals’ Endowment Trust.
RUPA PRADHAN – Rupa Pradhan is a psychologist and has worked in direct anti-sex trafficking interventions and aftercare with International Justice Mission, Kolkata. Rupa currently serves as Program Manager for the Justice Ventures International project of Torrent Consulting in Nepal. She also teaches a course in the Master’s in Psychology in Crisis Management programme at Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
NASTU SHARMA – Nastu Sharma is a registered physician and has a long history of working with Nepal government’s health system, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Nastu Sharma has served as the hospital director of UMN Okhaldhunga Hospital, administrative director, and as a Chief Executive Officer of Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital.
SAMUEL GROSZ – Samuel is a lawyer who is based in the United States. His practice focuses on business, tax, and international law. He also has experience in real estate development and managing small businesses. Samuel spent significant time growing up in Nepal when his parents served with UMN.

 

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