Leadership Team

Dhana Lama (Executive Director) - I have been entrusted this role of managing UMN's clusters since 2010. It's been a privilege to serve in this position as I am in direct contact with almost all the staff of UMN, especially the Cluster Team Leaders, and directly as well as indirectly with others, including the community people. It is quite exciting and a very humbling experience of learning, sharing, growing, and serving together, because it's about people; changing people and transforming lives. I am grateful to God and to my colleagues for the opportunity to contribute and grow and to demonstrate the love I have to those in need, and for the joy to experience and share  while working in UMN.
Bibhu Singh (Funding Management Team Leader) - Bibhu Singh has been working with UMN since 1996 in various roles. She is currently Funding Management Team Leader, providing overall co-ordination and leadership for funds management within the organisation. This includes sourcing of new funds and ensuring sufficient financial support for the organisation to fulfill its objectives. She has a Masters degree in Statistics from Nepal's Tribhuvan University another Masters degree in Organisational Leadership and Management from the Allahabad Institute, India.
Paul Chhetri (HR  Support Services Team Leader) - I come from a management background and have been working in UMN since 2009. From 2009-2013, I worked as a Cluster Team Leader in Mugu (Far West Nepal). Currently I am working as a HR  Support Services Team Leader providing overall coordination and support in the HR  Support Services management within the organization. While in Mugu I gained very unique, valuable, and unforgettable work experience, skills, and knowledge in team building, and community development, which has further enhanced my passion in building teams to achieve organizational objectives.
Bal Kumari Gurung (Programme Support Team Leader) - Bal Kumari has worked with UMN for more than 20 years and worked in peacebuilding from 2004 to 2020. She joined the Leadership Team in August 2015. She has an MA in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. Her passion is to enhance the capacity of individuals and communities for positive change in their attitudes, behaviours, beliefs and practices towards fullness of life that God has envisioned for humankind. She believes that while working for transformation one has to be transformed from within first, have a strong faith that change is possible and should keep on pursuing with God’s Grace despite being tested many times. She feels privileged to be serving with UMN.
Bishnu Sapkota (Finance Team Leader) – Bishnu Sapkota has worked with UMN since 1995. Initially he worked in a remote district project as an Admin and Finance Coordinator. Bishnu joined the Finance Department at UMN Headquarters during 1998 as an Internal Auditor and later worked as the Finance Advisor for several years. He is currently the Finance Team Leader, providing overall co-ordination and leadership for financial management of the organisation, this includes capacity building of clusters and partner organisations too. He has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Tribhuvan University of Nepal and another bachelor’s degree in Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK.
Kshitij Raj Prasai (Liaison Coordinator) – Kshitij has been working in UMN for the last 12 years in various positions. Earlier he served in UMN as the Education Team Leader. He has experience in working in remote regions of Nepal when we worked as an Education Advisor in UNDP assisted COPE project for seven years. Before this Kshitij also worked in The Asia Foundation as the District Coordinator from 1996 to 2000. Kshitij has a Master's degree in Economics and Education. Kshitij strongly believes in human relationships to bring transformation and development.
Katherine Parker (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Advisor) – Katherine joined UMN in July 2013 and the Leadership Team in December 2021. She has been part of the Health Team as a WASH Advisor, then was based in the Rukum Cluster as a Community Transformation Advisor and currently is part of the Programme Team. Katherine is passionate about engaging community groups in participatory research about their environment and in a process of identifying and linking values to action. Before coming to Nepal, Katherine worked with the Community Health and Agricultural Development program of the Methodist Church of Cambodia and at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan. Her Master of Science degree, in biology, is from California State University in Sacramento. Her thesis was on bacterial contamination of drinking water in rural Ghana.


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