The Board of Trustees

DAVID RODGERS (Chair) – 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.
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 ANAND 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.
RUPA CHHETRI – Rupa Chhetri 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.
ARBIN POKHAREL – Arbin is the founding pastor of Cross-Way Church in Kathmandu and leads Nepali Reformed Chruch movement. He has been involved in developing Reformed & Presbyterian Seminary for over 18 years, where he loves to teach Nepali Ecclesiology. He is passionate about Pastoral Formation.
CAROLINE TRIMBLE – Caroline lives in the UK and is Head of Finance at BMS World Mission. She and her husband, Tim, worked with UMN between 1995 and 2003. Caroline has over 30 years’ experience working in finance in the not-for-profit sector both in the UK and internationally.
MALATI RAI – Malati has experience in managing community development projects working with various organisations in Nepal since 2010. A former UMN intern in 2008 she has worked with organisations like Early Childhood Education Center, Educational Horizons Nepal and Mission Aviation Fellowship. Passionate about creation care, climate change and environmental issues she is also serving as a Children’s Ministry Coordinator in a local congregation in Kathmandu.
MATHEW SANTHOSH THOMAS – Santhosh currently lives in Delhi and works part time as a Consultant Physician and rest of the time with International Christian Medical and Dental Association as Training in-charge and Regional Secretary South Asia. He previously worked with Emmanuel Hospital Association in various leadership roles. He has been associated with various Health and Development organizations as a board member.
NARAYAN KHADKA – Narayan is the National Director of DAI (Development Associates International) in Nepal and has been working in the areas of leadership and organisational development. He serves as an Elder for a local congregation, leads the diaspora department of Nepal Christian Fellowship. Previously, he worked for World Vision International Nepal for many years.

 

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