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Sumiran Shrestha
Consultant Expert and Chairperson , International non-profit and International Private Sector Development
Kathmandu, Nepal
Sumiran, with 19 years of expertise in Programme Management and Communication, specializes in systems thinking for sustainable development. He has collaborated with the UN, ADB, EU including donor countries, NGOs and CSOs. He also serves as Chairperson for Alliance Asia - Development Advisors, and as EVP in a Nepal-based NGO and a 501(c)(3) organization in the USA.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Communications, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Sumiran is a Development Systems Thinker with over 19 years of expertise in Programme Management and Communication. His role extends beyond traditional development practices, focusing on integrating systems thinking into program development and management, policy advocacy, and knowledge curation.

In his advisory and consulting capacities, Sumiran collaborates with organizations such as UN Women in Nepal, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Nepal, and the EU Delegation in Nepal and India, representing European Consultancy firms. He also serves as Chairperson for Alliance Asia Nepal - Development Advisors, and as Executive Vice President in a Nepal-based NGO and a 501(c)(3) organization in the USA. His approach encapsulates a holistic understanding of development, emphasizing interdependencies and long-term sustainable solutions in areas such as governance, health, education, and humanitarian action.

Sumiran's work has involved collaborating with donor governments including the European Union, the US, France, Finland, Sweden, and Norway, contributing to international and national development initiatives with local governments and organizations like the Asian Development Bank, UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Office in Thailand, UN Women Myanmar, UN Women Nepal, UNICEF, DT Global (formerly AECOM International Development), Hivos/Energia, Population Services International, and Action Against Hunger, among others. His expertise lies in creating and implementing programming and communication systems using results-based management techniques, with a focus on sustainability and adaptability.

He has successfully addressed programming and communication needs in diverse areas including access to justice, adolescents, agriculture, food security, livelihoods, migration, women’s economic empowerment, and COVID-19 response. His strategies have reached and influenced key audiences across South East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands, including Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and the Pacific Island Countries, always with an eye toward the interconnected nature of these systems and the long-term impact of development work.
Sumiran's educational background is a comprehensive blend of strategic management, communications, commerce, and a focus on global development and societal studies, shaping his expertise in development and program management.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management: His MBA, with a focus on strategic management including project management and communication, forms the cornerstone of Sumiran's expertise. This degree provided him with critical skills in leadership, strategic planning, financial management, and business communication, essential for leading and managing complex projects in the development sector.

Postgraduate Studies in Communications: Sumiran further specialized with postgraduate studies in Communications. This education enhanced his abilities in communication strategies, media, public relations, and digital communications, vital for effective stakeholder engagement and advocacy in his field.

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com): His undergraduate degree in Commerce, covering management, humanities, economics, and financial accounting, laid the foundational business knowledge. This background not only gave him an understanding of business operations but also insights into societal issues and ethical considerations, important for his work in development.

Ongoing Studies:

Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology: Sumiran is currently expanding his understanding of societal dynamics through a Master's degree in Sociology. This degree is particularly relevant to his work in development, as it provides deeper insights into social structures and cultural contexts.
Micro Masters in Leadership in Global Development: Concurrently, he is undertaking a Micro Masters in Leadership in Global Development. This program is likely to focus on international development policies, sustainable practices, and leadership skills specific to the development sector.
Sumiran's educational journey has equipped him with a diverse set of skills crucial for his role in development systems thinking and program management. His MBA and B.Com provide a strong foundation in business and management principles, essential for effective leadership. His studies in communications and sociology enhance his abilities to communicate complex ideas and understand the social aspects of development. The ongoing MA and Micro Masters reflect his commitment to continuous learning and understanding the challenges of global development. This blend of academic qualifications makes him exceptionally well-prepared for addressing the multifaceted aspects of development work and leading sustainable social change initiatives.
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Nepali
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