Working Committee

NAPA 2015-2016 Working Committee


Lila B. Karki
4023 Beth Anne Pl, Auburn, AL 36832.
  • Currently working at College of Agriculture, Environment, and Nutrition Science, Cooperative Extension, Tuskegee University, Alabama,
  • PhD (Agricultural Economics) Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (2004).

Research focus: Socio-economics, sustainable development, impact assessment, rural economy, financial education and planning, innovation for agriculture education and training, food security and poverty alleviation.

General Secretary

Prem Bhandari
1491 Scio Ridge Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
  • Currently at Population Studies Center, University of Michigan.
  • PhD in Rural Sociology and Demography from the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University, Pennsylvania (2006).
  • MS in Rural Development Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (1993).
  • B.Sc. in Ag. Economics from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1986).

Research focus: Social science research methods, rural social change, sociology of agriculture, and socio-economic and cultural determinants of demographic outcomes such as migration, fertility, and population health in agrarian settings of developing countries. Also focuses on population and environment relationships.


Ambika Tiwari
203 Calhoun Drive, Madison, MS 39110.
  • Currently working at Mississippi State University.
  • MS in Agricultural Science from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida (2013).
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1990).


Megha N. Parajulee
5522 100th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424.
  • Currently, Regents Professor, Faculty Fellow, and Cotton Entomology Program Leader at Texas A&M University Research Center, Lubbock, Texas.
  • M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) in Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Assistant Lecturer (1987-1990), Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Chitwan, Nepal.
  • B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (1983-1986), Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, India.

Research focus: Developing ecologically intensive arthropod management in Texas cotton; cropping systems management.

Krishna P. Paudel
306 Pecan Meadow Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
  • Currently working at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Georgia, USA (1999).
  • MS in Agricultural Economics, Auburn University, USA (1995).
  • B.Sc. in Agri. Sciences from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1992).

Research focus: Environmental and Resource economics, Agricultural Economics.

Toya Nath Baral 
498 Richfield Ave, San Jose, CA, 95129.
  • Currently working in Merck, Palo Alto, California.
  • PhD in Immunology from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2006).
  • Masters in Molecular Biology from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2001).
  • Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Nepal (1994).

Doleswor Bhandari
3617 Erbbe St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.
  • Currently working as a Sr. Research Scientist at Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico.
  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of Missouri, Columbia.
  • M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
  • M.M. in Agribusiness Management from University of Philippines, Los Banos.
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Rampur, Nepal.

Research focus. Economic impact analysis, community policy analysis modeling, economic development, subjective wellbeing, workplace happiness, econometric modeling, social and business surveys.

Ramesh C. Khanal
1134 N High Point Rd, #205, Madison, WI 53717
  • Living in Madison, WI and working as a nutritionist with Envigo.
  • PhD (2004) in nutritional sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT.
  • Moved to USA in early 2001 for doctoral studies and living here since. Worked in the academic sector for a long time before joining the industry.

Interest. Enjoys reading literature, scriptures, and occasionally writing poems as well as traveling. Loves the wonderful mountains, snowcapped Himalayas and free flowing rivers of Nepal that make her such a beautiful country.

Anup Srivastav
1001 Briarlake Ct NE, Atlanta, GA 30345.
  • Currently working as Epidemiologist/ Statistician at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Federal Contractor.
  • PhD in Epidemiology from University of California, Davis (2011).
  • Master's in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from University of California, Davis (2003).
  • Bachelor's in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2001).

Kemika Bhandari
2728 Saint Paul St., Apt. # 3, Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Currently working at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Maryland.
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture from the the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Lekha Nath Paudel
22 Anthony Drive, Newark, Delaware, 19702.
  • Currently working at Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware.
  • PhD in Plant & Soil Science, Alabama A&M University (2009).
  • MS in Agribusiness, Alabama A&M University (2004).
  • BS Computer Information System , Strayer University, Maryland (2002).
  • BSc in Agriculture Science, Institute of Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Tribhuvan University (1990).

Research focus: Organic specialty crop production; Sustainable weed management; Demand forecasting; Marketing; Socioeconomic analysis

Outreach interest: Business plan;  Farm bill; Alternative agriculture enterprises

Sweta Sharma
4440 SW Archer Road #1528, Gainesville, FL, 32608.
  • Biological Scientist IV at Florida Department of Agriculture
  • PhD in Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. (2013)
  • MS in Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. (2009).
  • BSc in Agriculture, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences. Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2005).

Laxmi Pant
45 Koch Drive, Guelph, Ontario N1G 4G6, Canada
  • Currently working at the University of Guelph.
  • PhD in Rural Studies.
  • M.Sc. in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture.
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture.

Research focus: Regional and rural innovations and sustainability transitions, including adaptive capacity development, and impacts of new and emerging, often controversial, technologies (GMOs, local crop varieties, ICTs, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, drones, etc.). More recently Dr. Pant has been engaged in adaptive transition studies in post-earthquake Nepal and Canadian rural communities.

Interested to learn about our Adaptive Transition Initiative,

Chunu Mainali
12424 – 47 Ave. Edmonton, t6h 0B4, Alberta, Canada.
  • Lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Currently working as Surveillance veterinarian with Department of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • MSc in Epidemiology from School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Dilip Panthee
455 Research Dr, Mills River, NC 28759
  • Currently working as a tomato breeder at NC State University.
  • PhD. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • MPhil in Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement from the University of Birmingham and Reading, UK.
  • BSc. Ag. (Plant Breeding) from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1990).

Research focus. Improving tomato for disease resistance, fruit quality and stress tolerance.

Pradeep Wagle
3602 N Washington St, Apt C36, Stillwater, OK 74075.
  • Currently working as Research Ecologist at USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma.
  • PhD in Crop Science from Oklahoma State University (2013).
  • MS in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University (2010).
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2004).

Dr. Prakash Malla

Currently working as the Director of the Research & Development at Thiele Kaolin Company