BOARD OF ADVISORS
Bhairaja Pandey is a faculty member and board member at the Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS), and a member of the Forum of Former International Professionals of Multilateral Organizations (FIPMO). He was in-charge of the United Nations Chechnya operation in the Caucasus. During his posting in South Sudan, Pandey helped in the return of over 200,000 persons to their place of origin and assisted in their reintegration. In Myanmar, he maintained close links with Daw Aung San Su Kyi and helped the process of political reconciliation, thereby paving the way for the return of Myanmar into the international fold.
Rita Thapa is widely recognized for her groundbreaking work in founding Tewa, a non-profit where she has over thirty years experience as a feminist educator and community activist initiating and supporting institutions for women’s empowerment and for peace. Rita also founded and led (2001-2009) Nagarik Aawaz, an initiative for conflict transformation and peace building in Nepal. In 2005, she was included in the 1000 Women for Peace nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. She currently serves on the Board of the Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF) and the South Asian Women's Fund (SWAF).
Nani Sahra Walker
Nani Sahra Walker has over 10 years experience in digital media. Founder of dancing star films, her first feature documentary “Other Nature” (2012) was awarded the San Francisco FilmHouse Residency and screened in more than a dozen acclaimed film festivals worldwide. She works as an educator, creative director, and content creator. Her commitment to e-learning and development led to her efforts in founding the education-based non-profit athenasaraswati.org. She aspires to shape society through her love of nature, art and emerging technologies.
Sapana Sakya is Media Fund Director at the Center for Asian American Media where she manages CPB funding initiatives and supports independent filmmakers. Sapana’s background is in independent documentary and journalism. She is a representative of the National Resource Center for Non-Formal Education (NRC –NFE) that will provide educational consultation in emergency and non-formal settings during the transitional stages of rebuilding in cooperation with governmental standards.
Dikesh Maskey was born and raised in Kathmandu Nepal, and has been living in the United States since 1998. He is currently working as the regional manager for Kidz Love Soccer, where he is able to use the sport of soccer as a vehicle by which to teach young kids skills and confidence that will help in their everyday lives in a fun and active way. Dikesh routinely collects donations of soccer goods to send to his family’s cooperatively run school in Nepal, where he has also recently started a soccer program to engage local youths.
Samantha Maskey received her master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and has focused her attention on issues of development that countries are now facing in a rapidly globalizing world. Realizing the importance of providing access to a top-quality education to the youth around the world who will become the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, Samantha has been working for the past two years for the Minerva Schools at KGI, a new undergraduate university that provides a liberal arts education that actively engages students and challenges them to explore new areas of knowledge.