Monthly Lecture and Panel Discussion Series, 2017


In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Nepal, the Commission (USEF) in Nepal, with support from the U.S. Embassy, organized a lecture and policy discussion event each month in 2017.  The lecture and policy discussion series provided an opportunity to bring together the alumni of various U.S. exchange programs and other experts in Nepal, and focus on contemporary and emerging issues that are of importance to both the countries.


January 31, 2017     

“Disaster Risk Reduction and Readiness”

Moderator: Mr. Nirendra Dhoj Maskey, EWC Alum

Speakers: Dr. Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri, Humphey Alum, and Mr. William Berger

Venue: The Institute of Crisis Management Studies, Dhumbarahi, Kathmandu


February 28,2017    

“Inclusion: Diversity and Its Challenges”

Moderator: Mr. Joey E. Ellis

Speaker: Honorable SC Judge Sapana Malla

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Lazimpat, Kathmandu.


March 28, 2017      

“Gender and Youth: Girls’ Education in Nepal”

Moderator:  Mr. Joey E. Ellis

Speakers: Fulbright alums Prof. Anjana Singh, Dr. Dovan Rai, and Dr. Sangita Rayamajhi, and Humphrey alum Mr. Ganga Ram Gautam

Venue: Shangri- La Hotel, Lazimpat, Kathmandu.


April 18, 2017

“Bilateral Relationship: 70 Years of Nepal-U.S. Friendship”

Moderator: Dr. Thomas B. Robertson

Speakers: Mr. Michael C. Gonzales, Dr. Bhekh B. Thapa and Dr. Rishi Raj Adhikari

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Lazimpat, Kathmandu.


May 23, 2017

“Elections Are Not Enough: Local Governance in a Federal System”

Moderator: Dr. Thomas B Robertson

Speakers: Dr. Shyam Bhurtel, Fulbright Alum, Dr. Lok Raj Baral, Fulbright Alum, and Ms. Srijana Chettri

Venue: Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur.


June 6, 2017 

“My Experience Studying in the USA: Nepalis Compare Notes about How to Get the Most Out of Studying Abroad”

Moderator: Dr. Thomas B. Robertson

Speakers: Dr. Nirmala Gyawali, Mr. Dorje Sherpa, Abhishek Rana, Ms. Jony Mainaly, Fulbright Alum, and Dr. Krishna Manandhar, Fulbright Alum

Venue: Yalamaya Kendra


July 25, 2017

“Combatting Human Trafficking in Persons: Personal Stories, Police Interventions, and Social Analysis”

Moderator: Ms. Nandita Baruah

Speakers: Ms. Kiran Bajracharya; Ms. Mayalu Tamang, and Mr. Nilambar Badal

Venue: Yalamaya Kendra


August 22, 2017     

“Rural Entrepreneurship in Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges”

Moderator:  Mr. Sujeev Shakya, Humphrey Alum

Speakers: Dr. Man Bahadur Bishwakarma, Fulbright Alum, Ms. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung, and Dr. Ganesh Gurung

Venue: South Asian Institute of Management (SAIM)


September 12, 2017

“Democracy and Governance in Nepal”

Moderator:  Dr. Thomas B. Robertson

Speakers:  Mr. Kedar Khadka and Humphrey alums Dr. Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Ms. Bindra Hada Bhattarai

Venue: Shangri- La Hotel


October 31, 2017    

“Health Care in Rural Nepal in Times of Change”

Moderator:  Dr. Thomas B. Robertson

Speakers:  US Fulbright alum Mr. Mark Arnoldy, Dr. Bhagwan Koirala, and Dr. Shrijana Shrestha.

Venue: Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lagankhel, Lalitur.


November 28, 2017    

“Water, Power, and Environment: Reflecting on Resource Development in Nepal”

Moderator:  Dr. Thomas B. Robertson

Speakers:  Fulbright alum Mr. Dipak Gyawali, Humphrey alum Ms. Pooja Sharma, and Mr. Ajoy Bista.

Venue: Shangri- La Hotel


December 19, 2017  

“U.S.-Nepal Bilateral Relationship: The next 70 years and Beyond”

Moderator:  Mr. Tristram Perry

Speakers:  U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz, and Former Nepali Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Shankar P. Sharma

Venue:  Shangri- La Hotel

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