Director Strategic Cooperation
Basanta Shrestha, Director of Strategic Cooperation works at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development with the key portfolio to provide strategic management leadership and partnership development to bring about transformative change in ICIMOD’s mission – for mountains and people. Under his leadership, he has developed highly successful partnerships with the national institutions and strategic cooperation with key international agencies towards sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. He has championed the successful partnerships with NASA and USAID to spearhead SERVIR-Himalaya programme – a flagship initiative to bridge science, technology and innovation to mountain development challenges. In response to Nepal earthquake 2015, Mr. Shrestha led a major effort on the use of modern technology for earthquake disaster response and recovery to support the Government of Nepal.