Ben joined dZi in 2006 after spending the previous eight years as Founder and Executive Director of Porters' Progress, Nepal—a non-profit advocating for better working conditions for mountaineering and trekking workers, and supporting porters in their home communities. Ben originally hails from New Hampshire and Maine, but has now dedicated over a third of his life to Nepal. Ben speaks fluent Nepali and he carries his deep passion and commitment to the country through his vision in developing our innovative Deep Development programs.
Ang Chokpa hails from the village of Chaurikharka, Solukhumbu. She has been with since 2007 - almost as long as dZi has been around. She holds two masters degree, in rural development and in Sociology. Her duty station is Kathmandu.
Oversee office management and logistics, coordinate with related government line agencies in central level, and coordinate with Local NGO for high level decisions, Human resource management
Gautam is from Kathmandu. He has been with dZi since 2011. He has a Master in Business Studies. His duty station is Kathmandu. As the chief personnel overlooking dZi finances, he takes occasional field visits to work on and support our NGO partners and field staffs in accounting.
Gyan is from the village of Rakha in Khotang. He has been on the dZi Nepal team since 2007 making him one of our oldest staffs. Previously he used to be our education program coordinator overlooking education programs in both Solukhumbu and Khotang. With expanding programs of dZi into various other sectors, he was appointed as Khotang Program Coordinator. He now oversees our field activities of Khotang district.
Jitna is from the village of Lokhim in Solukhumbu. He has been with dZi since 2009. Previously he used to oversee field activities of both Khotang and Solukhumbu districts. With our increased projects, he has been overseeing programs in Solukhumbu only. Jitna holds a Master's degree. Jitna also hosts a radio program in local FM station in his own ethnic Thulung language.
Heema is from the village of Jalapa, Khotang. She moved to Kathmandu as a child. She hopes to get back to her roots through her work with rural community in Eastern Nepal. She has a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Engineering, and also about to complete a Master's in Rural Development. She has been with dZi since the beginning of 2014. Her duty station is Kathmandu, but spends at least 50% of her time visiting our field areas. She is also a photographer, and you can check her work including many taken in our field area at www.500px.com/heema
Dali Krishna was originally from Okhaldhunga, adjacent to our working districts in Eastern Nepal but now has moved to Bhaktapur. He has been with dZi since 2011. He is our most senior agriculture technician with decade of experience working in rural agriculture promotion. His expertise in agriculture mainly vegetable farming has been key to supporting dZi's agriculture program. Dali oversees agriculture program in Chheskam.
Bhalakaji is from Rakha of Khotang. He has been with dZi since 2010. As a monitoring and evaluation personnel, Bhalakaji travels between our field areas of Solukhumbu and Khotang throughout the year. Besides being a wonderful staff, he is also a talented singer, and musician - something of a local 'celebrity'. Listen to his beautiful music at https://soundcloud.com/bhalakajirai
Jhanak is from the village of Rakha, Khotang-one of the first village where dZi started working. He is currently pursuing two undergraduate degrees in Arts and Business Studies. He is also the youngest staff of dZi Nepal Office. He has been with dZi since 2011. He is based in Kathmandu. Apart from balancing professional life and his studies, Jhanak also finds time to do a bit of modeling in music videos.
Rewati Rai is from Rakha village of Khotang district-one of our oldest working areas in Nepal. He has a long experience working in community mobilization related to agriculture and sustainable soil management. He previously worked for Janasewa Samaj Nepal-a local NGO in Khotang-with which we partner up regularly to conduct our high level agriculture training like Group Management, Cardamom Cultivation and System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Rewati's expertise in all these subjects, along with his close work in motivating farmers is very helpful in leading our agriculture program. He is with dZi since 2015.
Rupak is from ancient city of Patan, the heart of the Lalitpur district in Kathmandu valley. His upbringing in Newari culture has made him fond of art, culture, music, religion, sports and philosophy. He is an enthusiastic person fascinated by every aspect of life. He has been engaged in community development, both voluntarily and professionally, for over 7 years. He worked in education sector for 4 years before joining dZi in November 2015. As the Program Officer, his job duty includes looking after activities in the field and ensuring successful implementation of the program, in close coordination with District Program Coordinators.
Prashant is our social Mobilizer for Chheskam, his home village. He has been with dZi since 2011. He supports Jitna in overseeing our Solukhumbu activities, and is primarily based in Chheskam.
Rajkumar is from Sungdel of Khotang and is our social mobilizer for the same place. He has been with dZi since 2011. He is famous as a leading cardamom farmer in his area.
Tulasa is from Rakha Bangdel, Khotang. She has been with dZi for a year and a half now. She received a scholarship to pursue 15 month residential vocational training on improved agriculture from dZi. Since her graduation in 2012, she has been working as a full time staff in the community as a social mobilizer, and technical assistant. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree as well. Tulasa is based in Rakha, while also supporting our programs in neighboring Dipsung, Sungdel and Maheswori VDCs.
Saroj is from Dipsung of Khotang. He is another local youth who we selected for scholarship to study a technical agriculture course specifically Veterinary JTA. He completed his 15 months long training in 2013 and is back in his home village of Dipsung working as a full time JTA. He also ranked first in this course in his batch.
Saroj Kulung is from the village of Gudel, in Solukhumbu-one of our working areas. He is one of the local youths supported by dZi after recognizing his potential to further contribute in his village. DZi supported him by choosing him as a scholarship recipient to study 15-month long Social Mobilizer training course. He completed it in 2013, and ever since has been a staff of dZi overlooking our program activities in his home village of Gudel. He is also pursuing his undergraduate studies.
Major Duties: support and facilitate local NGO on their ongoing activity/projects, timely visit to project site for monitoring
Nirmala is originally from Chheskam of Solukhumbu-one of our recent project areas. She now lives in Kathmandu. She has been with dZi since 2011. She has a professional chef training and has recently started her own food blog at www.cuisinenepal.wordpress.com
Raj Kumar Rai is originally from the village of Chhorambu in Khotang. He has been with dZi since 2011- first as a consultant Civil Technician and now as a full time staff. He has been involved with Khotang Development Forum -a NGO based in Khotang district- for the past 11 years as chief technical person and a board member. He has worked extensively as a civil technician in remote villages of Khotang district overseeing projects like drinking water, irrigation, earthquake safe building construction and so on. Raj Kumar is responsible for devising, designing and overseeing all the engineering component of our construction projects. We adhere to strict engineering standards for safety and durability. We apply retrofitting technique in all our building constructions for earthquake safety. Raj Kumar visits each individual community throughout the year to orient them and assist them in earthquake resistant building and other technology.
Tham Sari Rai is from the village of Vijayakharka in Khotang. She is the first ever female Agriculture Technician of dZi Nepal team. She will work in Maheshori of Khotang where we started our agriculture program from 2015. She has already been a successful leader farmer in her community. After years of working as a successful farmer and teaching her neighbors to adopt new farming technologies, she went onto study Agriculture Junior Technical Assistant (JTA) course. She is with dZi since September 2015.
Jibnath is from the village of Dipsung in Khotang-one of our working areas. He is also one of the local youths supported by dZi after recognizing his potential to further contribute in his village. dZi supported him to study 15-month long Social Mobilizer training course. He completed it March 2014, and has been a staff of dZi ever since supporting our program activities in his home village of Dipsung, and our newest project area- Maheswori. He is also pursuing his Masters degree.
Mansu is from the village of Kanku in Solukhumbu. Her is interested in health, agriculture and community mobilization. She previously worked in Rural Reconstruction Nepal as a local resource person. At dZi, she is the social mobilizer for Sotang where she works with different farmer's group, user's group and the overall community to implement a wide range of dZi project activities. Mansu is also a good volleyball player. She is with dZi since 2015.
Chhatra is a local technician from the village of Maheswori-one of our newest working area in Khotang. He had been involved with dZi construction projects for drinking water in Maheswori since the beginning. His technical skills helped the community finish projects in a much efficient manner, and also plan for sustainability measures. After the Earthquake, seeing that he had a long experience of working in rural construction projects and the increased workload of our technical team, we hired Chhatra as Assistant Civil Technician. He has an overseer degree, and has previously worked for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Board as a Civil Technician. He will be assisting our Chief Technician Raj Kumar Rai in School Reconstruction project, as well as other construction works like drinking water and irrigation.
Ishwor hails from the village of Pawai in Solukhumbu- a community adjacent to our working area of Sotang. He has a long experience of working with farmers in Okhaldhunga, Udayapur, Makawanpur and Solukhumbu districts. Ishwor has been assisting us as a consultant resource person in many of our farmer's level training, and he is well familiar with our working areas and the community. He is with dZi as a full time staff since 2015 and is the agriculture technician for Gudel.
Nilu Rai is from Maheswori-one of our newest working area in Khotang. She is the social mobilizer for Maheswori since July 2015. She will be working with farmer's group and other different community groups to run dZi project activities. Nilu is an exemplary female in her community- she has been a successful treasurer for our local NGO Partner Prays Nepal. She has led women of her community in many social activities.
Parbata is from the village of Salyan in Solukhumbu and is our agriculture technician for Sotang. She joined dZi from December 2016.