PEEDA Staffs

Biraj Gautam

- Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Biraj Gautam is a trained energy professional who has been involved in the projects related to rural energy services, R&D of energy technologies, implementation modality development, etc. He has gained experiences as an energy and environmental professional working in various projects in the countries like India, Bhutan and USA. Most of his experiences are from the RE projects in Nepal. His passions working on rural energy sector tempted him to work with PEEDA back in 2008 where he started his job as an Environmental Officer for Pro-Poor Hydro Project. Since then he has been involved in various projects such as, feasibility of low head pico hydro technologies in Nepal, activity leader for research projects on low head turbine systems, community level biofuel utility aspects, implementation of various community electrification projects in Nepal, Bhutan and India. He also extensively worked with a team of experts including a team of students from Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for conceptualization of rural economic zone that revolves around the decentralized energy generation system. He also specializes in coordinating a team of multi-sector, networking, resource mobilization, orientation and supervision of field implementation of the projects. Mr. Gautam has MSc degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University and University Credits in Professional Leadership Courses from George Masson University, USA. 

He enjoys volunteering and has been leading and coordinating various events of social cause. He is a board member of Community Solutions Program Alumni, a program by US Department of States, Board of Representatives for Hydro Empowerment Network (a network of micro hydro professionals from south and south east Asia) and Member of Access Coalition (a global network of CSOs and INGOs working in energy access). He also represented Access Coalition to Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SEforALL) held in 2017 in NY.


Pawan Baral

- Manager - Admin and Finance

Pawan Baral is a Bachelor’s degree holder in business studies and has been an employee of PEEDA since July 2003. Since July 2017, he has been working as a Manager - Admin and Finance and his major responsibilities are preparation and supervision of books of account, performing budget monitoring, handling of tax related issues of organization and all other finance/admin matters. He is also involved for the recruitment of employees in PEEDA as per necessity. He has previously been an employee of Hydro Consult Engineering Limited.


Bhav Narayan Jha

- Senior Project Officer
Bhav Narayan Jha joined PEEDA in October of 2018 as a Senior Project Officer. Bhav holds Master’s in Agriculture Science (Major: crop science) from University of Hoheneheim, Germany. He has more than 4 years of professional experience mostly in livelihood promotion program in Nepal. Before joining PEEDA, he worked as agriculture coordinator in USAID funded project Sabal (Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security) through Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) as a consortium partner. He has expertise on overall implementation and management of multi-sector, community resilience activities. During his study in Germany, he worked as research assistant in EUROFINS, Germany; assisting research, station management and handling, soil fertility analysis and final reporting. As a Senior Project Officer, Bhav handles technical and managerial part of livelihood projects.

Gaurab Singh Hamal

- Project Coordinator
Mr. Gaurab Singh Hamal joined PEEDA as Project Coordinator from December 2022. He is an energy professional working in the field of clean energy development project having more than ten years of experience in project management, research activities, capacity building in various organizations in Nepal and Thailand. Before joining PEEDA, he was working as QAQC manager in Siam Industrial Corporation Limited, Thailand managing various energy efficient Industrial projects. He also worked as research associate in Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand to develop adaptation strategy of Low Carbon Technologies in Southeast Asia and worked in CTEVT providing training on various renewable electrical technologies. He holds a Master’s degree in “Energy System Planning and Management” from Tribhuvan University, IOE, Pulchowk Campus and Bachelor in” Electrical and Electronics Engineering” from Kathmandu University.

Prem Bikram Karki

- Project Officer

Prem Bikram Karki, holds an MBA (Project Management) from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM). He joined PEEDA back in July 2015 when he was exchanged to Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), Orchha-India for a year as a part of Skill Exchange Project. Post exchange, he is mainly involved in proposal development, report writing, developing designing tools, analytical templates and knowledge management materials, data collection and analysis, training facilitation, feasibility and baseline studies, and monitoring and evaluation of projects. He has experience of managing projects on micro hydropower assessment and turgo turbines, research with follow up studies on electric cooking and monitoring climate change projects. Besides, he has co-authored few academic publications in coordination with other project partners.  

Den Singh Gurung

- Content Creator
Mr. Den Singh Gurung holds a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Tribhuvan University (TU) along with Diploma Course in Photography. He joined PEEDA as Content Creator in January 2020. He is mainly involved in creating videos, brochures, pamphlets, books, flex, roll-up banner, monthly planner, illustration files, and taking pictures.

Alina Dangol

- Environmental Officer
Ms. Alina Dangol is a passionate environmental conservationist with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Initially, she started her career at PEEDA as an intern, later promoted in the position of Environmental Officer. She has a keen interest in the area related to climate change, water resources, and clean energy. She is mainly involved in the implementation phase of clean cooking and climate change projects. Currently, she is involved in developing and implementing climate change-related programs in community schools in rural areas. Prior to joining PEEDA, she worked with different organisations dealing with environmental issues.

Nabindra Raj Shrestha

- Project Officer
Nabindra Raj Shrestha holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from Tribhuvan University, IOE, Pulchowk Campus. He joined PEEDA in November 2022, and his major duties include planning, implementing, and monitoring electric cooking projects.

Chhiring Dolma Lama

- Field Facilitator

Holds C.M.A. and Bachelor’s degree in Education and been working as a field facilitator since 17th September 2016. Her previous job experiences include working as social mobilizer for RRN and field supervisor in SUAHARA project of USAID and Rural Development Tuki Association where her main activity was to coordinate the field level difficulties on moving the project further. She has received various training related to health and social mobilization.

Jhalak Bahadur Jirel

- Field Facilitator

He has completed +2 science from Jiri Higher Secondary School, Dolakha and been working as a field facilitator since 17th September 2016. His previous job experiences include working as a social mobilizer for Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) and Community Development Forum/ SEBAC Nepal. He has achieved various training related to WASH.

Laxmi Baraili

- Field Facilitator

She has passed +2 in education from Sharada Higher Secondary School, Bhaktapur and been working as a field facilitator since 17th September 2016. Her previous job experience includes working as facilitator in Child Development Society under Self Employment Education Program (SEEP). She has received basic computer course.

Shyam Sundar Karki

- Sr. Driver

Shyam Sundar Karki has been working in PEEDA as Driver since March 2017 and is responsible for day to day outdoor activities as per requirement. He holds lower secondary level education and has years of experience in driving.

Kalpana Aryal (Thapa)

- Office Helper

She has been working in PEEDA as office helper since 28th November 2016 and is responsible for day to day indoor activities like cooking, documentation, cleaning, etc.