Humphrey Fellows 2019-2020

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Ms. Chandra Laxmi Hada

Urban Planning/Disaster Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ms. Chandra Laxmi Hada is an Architect, Urban Planner and Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist. She has 17 years experience working with government, UN agencies, I/NGOs and private sector in architecture, housing development, urban planning, green recovery and reconstruction, including disaster risk reduction and management. She is designated “Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Young Scientist” by 19th IRDR Scientific Committee in April 2018 (by International Science Council and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction).

Currently, she works as a team leader for urban development projects executed by the Nepali Government. She helped establishing emergency operation centers in more than 50 districts and municipalities for improved and better coordinated disaster response. She has authored guidelines and published various articles and lectured at several training sessions.

She is keen on studying how US local governments mainstream disaster risk reduction in urban and regional planning to increase resiliency. She will learn gender sensitive planning, innovative technologies, and green recovery principles for urban development.

She has a Master of Science in Urban Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. She is a proud mother of 9-year-old daughter named Adrika. She loves travelling, watching movies, and swimming.


Badal Pradhan

Educational Leadership
Pennsylvania State University

Badal Pradhan is an educationist directly involved in the education sector for three decades in different capacities as a teacher, school head, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, school book writer and editor and as a member of the National Examination Committee.

For his long contribution in the education field, the Government of Nepal awarded him with the ShikshaPadak. In 2017, the Education Minister gave him its Best Principal Award for being a school leader among Nepal's private schools.

He has worked with the Nepal Government in two different offices: the Curriculum Development Center (CDC) and the National Examination Board (two terms). He helped the CDC to design the national curriculum of Computer Science. Currently, he is helping Kathmandu University's School of Education design Master’s and M. Phil. curriculum in educational leadership.

While on the Humphrey Fellowship program, Badal would like to focus on the practical aspects of educational leadership, how the curriculum for school leadership training is designed and delivered, and policy related to educational leadership and school reform. He hopes to visit and learn from US institutions known for training school leaders. Interacting with educational leaders of the USA and exchanging with the Humphrey fellows from different parts of the world, he would like to learn about leadership styles and how they can be contextualized in Nepal. In addition, he would also like to shadow effective principals at their work.

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