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SANDEE activities are coordinated by a core team in Kathmandu, Nepal, but with support from members in different parts of the globe.

Ashistha Joshi

Ashistha has joined SANDEE as Finance Associate. She brings with her 12 years' of experience in the field of accounts, finance and auditing in different organizations. With a Master's degree in business studies, she is also pursuing ACCA. Besides, she has a Diploma in Financial Management under NUFFIC Fellowship. In SANDEE, she will be handling accounts/finance and will support the team for smooth functioning of financial tasks, prepare reports, support budget preparation, networking with grantees etc

Madan Singh Khadayat

Madan is working as a research associate for IDRC funded project "The Economics of Solid Waste Management and Drainage: A sustainable approach to making South Asian cities climate-resilient." and the SANDEE-ICIMOD joint research project entitled" Benefits and Costs of Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation in NE India. He was involved in research projects funded by Ministry of Labor and International Labor Organization. He, also has few years of teaching experience. Madan has completed his M. Phil Degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University, and his future interest lies in working in the field of environment and resource economics.

Mani Nepal

Research Program Manager in SANDEE, is an environmental/development economist. Before joining SANDEE, he worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico; as an economist for the Department of Finance and Administration (New Mexico, USA), Action Aid Nepal, Agricultural Projects Service Center, and Nepal Foundation for Advanced Studies. His research is published in journals such as Land Economics, International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Policy Studies. Dr. Nepal has a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Resource/Environmental and Development Economics, and Master of Science in Policy Economics from the University of Illinois.

Neesha Pradhan

Neesha is a Progam Associate at SANDEE and manages its grant activity. Before joining SANDEE, she was working in the CIDA funded Micronutrient Initiative for more than five years. She was involved in grant management and project administration during her tenure at the Micronutrient Initiative. She has a Masters Degree in development communication from the College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Rajesh Rai

Rajesh is an Environmental Economist and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Deakin University, Australia. His research covers a variety of issues related to forests, biodiversity and watershed management. He has several publications on economic aspects of natural resource management in journals including Environment and Development Economics, Journal for Nature Conservation, and Mountain Research and Development. He has also worked as a Program Officer for the Natural Resource Management Sector Assistance Program supported by DANIDA and the SNV funded Biodiversity Sector Program for Siwaliks and Terai. Rajesh has also served as a Research Assistant, Monash University, Australia and an Intern in the Swedish Forest Agency, Jonkoping, Sweden. His main research interest is in non-market valuation (particularly choice experiments), ecosystem services, poverty-environment nexus, invasive plant species and sustainable forest management.

E. Somanathan

Som is SANDEE's Executive Director. In addition to a long tenure at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi, Som has also taught at Emory University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Princeton University. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is currently the Editor of the journal Environment and Development Economics, published by Cambridge University Press. Som received a SANDEE grant in 2002 and has been a SANDEE Advisor since 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1995. Som is on leave from his position as Professor in the Economics and Planning Unit in the Indian Statistical Institute.

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