Leadership Series with Policy Champions


On July 6, 2017, Daayitwa Summer Fellows attended a Mentorship Conversation hosted by  Hon. Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Member, National Planning Commission. The mentors conversation  along with Dr Swarnim Wagle brought together policy champions including Dr. Baikuntha Aryal, Joint-Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mr. Krishna Gyawali, Former-Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Dr. Shankar Sharma, Former Vice-chair, NPC, Mr. Khomraj Koirala, Joint-Secretary NPC, and was moderated by Dr. Pukar Malla, Executive Director of Daayitwa.  Daayitwa Research Mentor, Dr. Biswo Poudel was also one of the panelist at the event. The purpose of this conversation was to learn about the work of the 10 Daayitwa Fellows and provide them with guidance on ways to successfully operate with the Government of Nepal.

This year 10 fellows were selected through a rigorous selection process through a competitive pool of applicants. The fellows were chosen based on their technical capability, their leadership growth potential and a motivation to work with the governance system.

The 10 fellows are working with five public agencies (Ministry of Agricultural Development, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, National Reconstruction Authority, and National Planning Commission) and one parliamentary committee (Parliamentary Committee for Agriculture and Water Resource).

Daayitwa has also launched the Daayitwa Research Mentorship Program where three PhDs will be providing guidance for the fellows for their research process. This year, we are delighted to share that Dr. Bharat Bhatta (PhD in Applied Economics Molde University College, Norway), Dr. Biswo Poudel (PhD in Economics, University of California, Berkeley) and Dr. Nisha Onta (PhD in Gender and Development studies , Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) are our Daaytiwa Research Mentors.