clean energy nepal

Board members

Mr. Bharat Basnet, (Chairperson - CEN) Eco-entrepreneur
A renowned advocate of clean environment, Mr. Basnet is a Chairperson of Clean Energy Nepal. He is also a Managing Director of The Explore Nepal Pvt Ltd and has an experience of over 30 years in the field of tourism and hospitality industry. A tourism entrepreneur, Mr. Basnet is the G.S.A Austrian Airlines, G.S.A Lauda Air, owner of Bhojan Griha, Inner Nepal Treks, Kantipur Temple House, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp, Himalayan Nature Tours, Victoria River Tours, Victoria Travels, Gaida Wildlife Camp and Gaun Ghar Bandipur.

Ms. Renchin Yonjan, Social Architecht
Ms. Yonjan is an active social architect working in the development field to make a difference in the society.  She is currently involved as a consultant to the Danish Cultural Program under small grants that utilize the medium of art (painting, theatre, music, film and literature) for development. With a group of friends, Ms. Yonjan established the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal in 1987. Since then, she have been involved in pioneering many new activities - organizing skills upgrading trainings for new women's businesses, establishing a pickle industry, trainings to upgrade the skills of weavers, women in floriculture and agriculture and lately have trained indigenous women to document through film and video empowering cultural practices of the indigenous people. 


Mr. Rajendra Dahal, Advisor to Hon. President of Nepal
Mr. Dahal, is a professional senior journalist. Elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 1993, he wrote on the issues of clean water and hydropower, an area in which he is still engaged with. He has also served as the Chair of the Press Council in Nepal, through which he identified the need for a magazine for school teachers which ultimately led to the creation of SHIKSHAK. This SHIKSHAK is now reaches to 20,000 teachers, almost 10 percent of the workforce. Mr. Dahal has recently joined the President's Office of Nepal as a Media Advisor. He still publishes articles and teaches classes and seminars for young journalists.


Mr. Suman Basnet, Hydropower engineer
Mr. Basnet has many years of experience working as a Social and Environment Director at SN Power Nepal. Mr. Basnet had been the Senior Manager, CSR, SN Power Nepal and Director of  REPSO Nepal and Winrock International. He has many years of working experiences in renewable energy sectors. Mr. Basnet has MBA on Technological Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -The Lally School of Management and Technology  (1999 – 2001), attended on a Fulbright Scholarship.


Ms. Eliza Stapith (Treasurer - CEN)  
Ms. Stapith has over 7 years of professional experience in fundraising, designing, development and implementation of conservation and development projects in Nepal. She is currently the Regional Fundraising Officer – South and Central Asia at ICCO-KIA, a Dutch Development Cooperation. An environmentalist by academics, Ms. Sthapit holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Resource Management from Germany and has pursued her career in environment and nature conservation and humanitarian relief."


Mr. Manjeet Dhakal (General Secretary - CEN)
Manjeet serves as a Technical Advisor to the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at the UN Climate Change negotiation. He was a member of Core Negotiating Team for the UN Climate Change Negotiation for the Government of Nepal. Manjeet has also served as Program Director and functional head of Clean Energy Nepal from 2011 to 2013. Manjeet is associated with Climate Analytics as an independent consultant as LDC Senior Climate Policy Analyst, and is serving as Faculty for Climate Changeand Environmental Policy at Khowpa College, Bhaktapur and Amrit Science College, Kathmandu. He was honored in 2009 as ‘International Climate Champion’ by the British Council and ‘Southern Capacity Fellow’ by the Climate Action Network in both 2010 and 2011.

Mr. Rajan Parajuli
Rajan Parajuli is a prominent and internationally acclaimed journalist, media trainer and communication activist of Nepal. He has more than a decade long experiences in implementing innovative and impactful work on radio and television program production, organizing mass awareness campaigns in pro-poor and marginalized communities and training to upcoming young journalists of Nepal. He has been working as Program Director at Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN), a pioneer media institution of Nepal. For his courage, creativity and commitment for Democracy and executing innovative media projects to promote democratic practices in Nepali Politics, Rajan was rewarded as one of the 30 "Inspiring Youth" around the Globe by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-profit foundation from America working in more than 90 countries of the world.


Ms. Amita Thapa Magar