Babu Ram Pant
Former Director of Programs
With a decade of experience working for human rights, youth participation, and sustainable development with focus on programming, research and policy advocacy at national, regional and global levels, I am the first person from Nepal selected as Special Youth Fellow to work with the United Nations Population Fund in its headquarters in New York, where I worked on Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s report on Population and Development submitted to the UN General Assembly, RIO +20 Youth Participation Strategy, and Capacity Building of Youth Organizations among others. I have previously supported the work of UNFPA in Nepal as Youth Program Consultant.
I was vice-chair of Board of Directors of Youth Coalition (a global network of young people) from 2013 to 2015, and currently co-chair SRR in Development Task Force. I led Youth Coalition’s advocacy work at the UN Headquarters during UN General Assembly in 2014 and 2015, and worked on the capacity building of youth in Asia-Pacific regionally. I have worked with the Governments of Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia, UN Population Fund, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Environment Program, and UNDPI as Trainer, Resource Person, Speaker, Panelist, and Rapporteur to contribute to important International Conferences, Meetings, and Training. I am also on the Program Advisory Committee of Asia Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women (ARROW), a regional organization based in Malaysia.
I am a student of Sociology and English Literature. I love reading literature, watching movies, and cycling.
Former Program Manager
I have been working in social development sector for more than 10 years now remaining in various capacities and holding various responsibilities with the non-government organizations. In 2008, I was part of the team who founded a youth-led NGO, “Nepal Youth Awareness Organisation” which later organized awareness programs on health and environmental issues along with conducting the relevant events. During 2009 and 2013 I worked with Grassroot Movement in Nepal (GMIN) where I was engaged mainly in rebuilding schools project and related work. I am also Founder Vice-President of GMIN Nepal.
I have been working at AYON since May 2015 as National Program Coordinator for Youth Engage Project funded by European Union (EU) and in collaboration with Search for Common Ground (SFCG). Currently I have been working as Program Manager at AYON since February 2016.
Abhas D Rajopadhyaya
Former Communication, Documentation & Outreach Officer
“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow always hopeful of romance and adventure.”
Joining AYON was a new path in my career – working with enthusiastic, vibrant groups of youths for the first time.
Personally, I am a student of mass communication and anthropology, and have received graduate degree in both these subjects. I am also a faculty member of mass communication at Kantipur City College, Kathmandu and assistant editor of KCC Media Journal.
My subjects of interest include folklore, oral history, rituals, Indology, Newar studies and very recently – youth culture. I have worked in different research projects, notable ones being at Hanumandhoka Museum (Kathmandu) and Agnishala Temple (Lalitpur).
I regularly contribute on culture and heritage issues to different newspapers and magazines. I also have published articles in academic journals and presented papers in different national/ international conferences.
Former Administration & Finance Officer
Starting from my education, I have a management studies background and have completed my BBS program. Before working on youth organization, I was involved in construction-related offices as well as Sipradi Trading (TATA Motors) for which I managed financial documents.
I am also engaged in British Council where different youths were involved which was a pulling factor for me to work in NGOs related with youth. For me, youths complete the nation. They have the energy which can innovate good things that can contribute to the national development. A team work is obviously necessary for progress because of which AYON (umbrella network of 92 organizations) tries to bind them into a team.
I am passionate about graphic designing and have been working in this field since 2012.
However, I have had working experience in the sector since 2008 holding different positions in renowned agencies at both national and international level.
I enjoy working at AYON closely with other colleagues to design AYON’s outreach materials.
Former Program Officer
Being the first job of my life, AYON has been providing an endowment to nurture and shape my professional career.
I have graduated in B.Sc. Forestry from Kathmandu Forestry College. I have been engaged in AYON since the April 2015 earthquake, especially during the relief and recovery activities.
My subjects of interest include environment sustainability, disaster risk reduction and youth engagement in environment conservation.
I have had experiences at organizing art competitions and plantation programs.
I love traveling, adventures, reading novels and learning new things.
Former Documentation & Program Intern
Rina Chaudhary holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from Tribhuvan University and Graduation Diploma in Social Sciences from Nepa School of Social Science and Humanities, Kathmandu. As a junior policy research fellow at ASD, she has focused her research on the impact of the April earthquake on women, young girls, and women with disabilities.