January 26, 2015
Who We Are

Prof .Dr. Megha Nath Parajulee, Lubbock, Texas
E-mail: parajuleem@irjr-n.org; m-parajulee@tamu.edu

Dr. Megha N. Parajulee is native of Gorkha but spent much of his youth in Chitwan. He obtained his BSc (Ag.) from Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Solan, India (1987) and taught at Institute of Agriculture, Rampur (1987-1990). He moved to the United States in 1990 and obtained his MS (1991) and PhD (1994) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Texas A&M University System in 1994 as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology at College Station. He moved to the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Vernon in 1996 and worked there as a Research Associate and later as a Research Scientist/Cotton Entomologist. In 2001, Parajulee joined the Texas A&M University System AgriLife Research Cotton Entomology Program in Lubbock where he currently serves as Cotton Entomology Project Leader and Professor. Parajulee has a strong background in ecology and population dynamics modeling of arthropod pests. He was awarded Texas A&M Vice Chancellor´s Award in Research Excellence (2009) and Texas AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow Award (2010), and Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow Award (2011).

Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari, Madison, Mississippi
Vice President
E-mail: tiwarik@irjr-n.org; tiwarikr@hotmail.com

Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari, is a Senior Plant Breeder with several years of plant breeding expertise. He has extensive experience working in Agricultural sector of Nepal under Department of Agriculture and Soil conservation. He worked more than 10 years as Agriculture officer in different parts of Nepal during 1982-1992. Dr. Tiwari holds a Ph.D. degree from University of Manitoba, Canada in Genetics and Plant Breeding and has worked more than 10 years in the US as a plant breeder. Currently he is working as a plant breeder for Monsanto Seed Company, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He has published several research articles in peer reviewed journals and has been granted several patents from the US patent office. Currently, Dr. Tiwari is a member of Crop Science Society (CSSA) of America and American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Born and raised in Lamjung Jita; Dr. Tiwari enjoys working with Nepalese community in the US and served as President of Florida Nepal Association (2004-2006). He is very interested to improve Agriculture and develop new crops and varieties for the farmers of Nepal.

Dr. Mukti Ghimire, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
E-mail: ghimirem@irjr-n.org; mnghimire@hotmail.com

Dr. Mukti Ghimire is currently working as a Senior Scientist in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (2011-current). His work at KSU primarily involves the designing and executing laboratory and field research experiments to determine the effects of novel compounds, fumigants, heat treatments and biological control for protecting stored grains and processed food products. Prior to joining KSU, Dr. Ghimire served as a postdoctoral research associate at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (2008-2011). In Louisiana, his work focused on screening of microbial proteins with insect bioassays, evaluating transgenic Bt crops, and insect resistance management. Dr. Ghimire is an well-trained scientist in the areas of crop science and pest management, particularly in microbial and biological control. After receiving a B.Sc. degree in agriculture from Tribhuvan University (1991), Dr. Ghimire served as an entomologist/technical officer at Nepal Agricultural Research Council for 10 years. Dr. Ghimire terminated the Nepal Government employment to pursue higher education and received an M.S. degree in crop science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from Oklahoma State University in the United States.

Dr. Prem Adhikari, Coppell, Texas
E-mail: adhikarip@irjr-n.org; prempuga@gmail.com

Dr. Prem Adhikari holds Ph. D from University of North Texas, Denton, TX. He has his Master of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Miami University, Oxford, OH and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has a Bachelor in Science from Amrit Science Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Adhikari is currently working as a professor of chemistry at East field College in Dallas, Texas. He was awarded - Academic enrichment scholarship, University of North Texas, The William Hale Charch Graduate Fellowship, Miami University, King Tribhuvan Fellowship, Tribhuvan University. He has a professional society affiliations with Society of Toxicology, Association of Scientists in Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), American Chemical Society, and Association of Bio-molecular Research Forum (ABRF), Nepal Chemical Society. Dr. Adhikari is fully involved in various community involvement such as president of Nepalese Society of Texas (NST), coordination of Meeting & Organization committee (MOC), Nepalese Cultural & Spiritual Society (NCSC), Begnas environmental club of Kaskee, Nepal.

Dr. Badri Nath Adhikary, Allen, Texas
E-mail: adhikaryb@irjr-n.org; adhikarybadri@hotmail.com

Dr. Badri Nath Adhikary was born in Duradanda, Lamjung, Nepal, obtained Master and doctor of agriculture degrees from Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. He also has diploma in Japanese Language. After obtaining doctorate degree he worked for about 15 years in Japan as an expert consultant and provided consulting services for agriculture and rural development projects in Japan, several African, South and Southeast Asian and Eastern European countries. His major clients were government agencies, private companies and international non- governmental organizations. He is fluent in Japanese language. He moved to the US in 2005 and operates his own business.

Bhim B. Karki, CPA, Plano, Texas
E-mail: karkib@irjr-n.org; karkibb@yahoo.com

Bhim B. Karki, CPA- a seasoned Finance/Economics professional, with experience in public and private agencies in Nepal/US, has been working for many years in multinational companies in the US in strategic planning, finance and related fields. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Mr. Karki also serves as tax advisor to small businesses and individuals in US. He has been serving the community, particularly the Nepalese diasporas, through Nepal Society of Texas, the local chapter of NRNA, and the Association of the Nepalese in the Americas (ANA) is the Founder President of the International Nepali Literary Society (INLS) Texas Chapter, currently serves as INLS Central Committee Advisor. He earned his professional credentials in both Nepal and US. Mr. Karki lives in Texas/USA with his wife and three children, and stays informed on social, political and economic developments in Nepal.

Prof. Dr. Naba Raj Devkota, Gorkha, Nepal
E-mail: devkotan@irjr-n.org; dnaba.iaas@gmail.com

Dr. Naba R. Devkota is a Professor of Animal Science at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS), Rampur, Nepal. Native of Chhoprak, Gorkha, Devkota earned his B.Sc. Agriculture (Animal Science) from IAAS-Rampur and joined the same institute as an Assistant Lecturer in 1987. While continuing on IAAS faculty, Devkota earned M.Sc. (Agriculture) from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and Ph.D. (Pasture Science) from Massey University, New Zealand. Dr. Devkota has been actively involved in teaching and forage production research for improved livestock production systems. In addition, Dr. Devkota served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science for six years (2001-2007) and he currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of this journal (2008-current). Dr. Devkota´s research expertise includes ´systems analysis´ of agricultural research from ecological and developmental perspectives. He is also actively involved in promoting participatory research and development through various organizations in Nepal. Dr. Devkota is constantly sought for his expertise in project evaluation and studies related to livestock and natural resource/agriculture for national and international organizations.

Dr. Laxman Joshi, Lalitpur, Nepal
Senior Advisor
E-mail: joshil@irjr-n.org; LxJoshi@gmail.com

Dr. Laxman Joshi is currently working as Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Specialist at ICIMOD, Kathmandu. He earned a B.Sc. (First Division), Tribhuvan University, Nepal, majoring in microbiology, Zoology, and Chemistry (1986), an M.Sc. (with distinction) in Applied Entomology, University of London, UK (1987), and a Ph.D. in Agroforestry, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (1998). Dr. Joshi possesses vast understanding of local ecological knowledge, farmer adaptations, innovations, and farmer decisions related to agroforestry and natural resource management. His professional career includes over a decade of research and development on smallholder natural rubber production in Indonesia and Thailand. He has managed numerous natural rubber research and development projects for smallholder farmers. His experience on rubber enterprise includes production of high quality planting materials (clones) of Hevea brasiliensis, mixing rubber with other valuable plant species, rubber garden management, rubber harvesting, processing, marketing and economics. He advocates promoting smallholder rubber agroforestry that can be both economically and ecologically sustainable if properly managed.

Gitanjali Nanda Kafle, Brookings, South Dakota
E-mail: kafleg@irjr-n.org; gitanandakafle@yahoo.com

Gitanjali Nanda Kafle is currently pursuing her Master degree in Biological Science from South Dakota State University and achieved her first Master Degree in Environmental Science from Pune University, Bachelor Degree in Science, Zoology (Hons) with distinction from Sambalpur University at Orissa in India. She is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at South Dakota University. Gita served as a Lecturer (Adjunct) of the Department of Plant Science at Tribhuvan University, Lamjung Campus, Nepal from February 2007 to July 2009. She had involved in teaching Sciences at different schools in Nepal and Defense Research Development Organization Project at Lokmanya Medical Research Center Pune, India.

Ram Prasad Sharma, Chitwan, Nepal
Jatropha Consultant
E-mail: sharmar@irjr-n.org

Ram Prasad Sharma, is currently working as a Research Assistant in the International Potato Center (CIP) and also as a returning expert from German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) in Nepal. His current work involves a survey of baseline components on biotic and abiotic constraints in potato production in Nepal under the project, "Development and application of ecological approaches in pest management to enhance sustainable potato production of resource-poor farmers in Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region of Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and India". Mr. Sharma is a well-trained scientist in the areas of pest management and alternative energy, particularly biological control and Jatropha curcas. After receiving a B.Sc. degree in agriculture from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, Mr. Sharma worked for four years as an Agriculturist in midwest and far west regions of Nepal on United Nations Quick Impact Program. Following this, Mr. Sharma received an M.S. degree in agriculture resource management in the tropics and sub-tropics from Bonn University, Germany.

Tilak Bhandari, McKinney, Texas
Founder/Executive Director
E-mail: bhandarit@irjr-n.org; tilakbhandari89@gmail.com; tilakbhandari89@hotmail.com

Tilak B. Bhandari is a pioneer, scholar, successful researcher in rubber plantation and has over 27 years of extensive work experience in the field of agronomic/industrial crops with industries like CARE International, and Gorakhali Rubber Industry Ltd, Nepal. He has also served as a Member Secretary with Rubber Board, Government of Nepal. Mr. Bhandari holds a B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1986) and various trainings on natural rubber research and estate management. He has published numerous articles on natural rubber from Nepal and USA. His service interests include sustainable community development and promoting natural rubber and jatropha commercial cultivation in Nepal and create awareness of global warming issues in developing countries. Currently, Mr. Bhandari is working in multinational company in USA, is a member of American Society of Horticultural Science and the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops in United States. Mr. Bhandari is recently honored by Nepal Felicitation 2011 Award and Jewels of Nepal 2011 Award as a Pioneer Rubber Expert of Nepal. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Mohan Dhwoj Basnet Technology Academy Award (2011) bestowed by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology for his contribution to the promotion of rubber cultivation in Nepal as a senior rubber expert.

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Phone: 214-592-4456
Fax: 214-592-4456
E-mail: irjr-nepal@irjr-n.org; tilakbhandari89@gmail.com; tilakbhandari89@hotmail.com