President Meen Bahadur Poudyal Chhetri
Participant of 1st International Training Workshop on CAS-TWAS SDIM
Prof. Chhetri is the President of Nepal Center for Disaster Management (NCDM) and Chairman of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS)’s paper Review Committee. He has been appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia from 1 March 2009. He served as the Director of the Department of Disaster Management of the Government of Nepal from 2001 to 2003. In 2004 He worked as the Deputy Regional Administrator in Hetauda, Nepal. From 1995 to 1996, he was the Chief District Officer and Chairman of District Disaster Relief Committee in Dhading district of Nepal. Prof. Chhetri also held positions of Under Secretary, Investigation Officer and Special Officer in various government agencies of Nepal including the the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Education.
Prof. Chhetri has been awarded with AEI Australia Alumni Excellence Awards 2014 by the Government of Australia on 20 January 2014. He was also awarded with the “Best Paper Award” for his excellent paper titled “Significance of Cooperation and Coordination in International Disaster Management System” which was presented at the 20th Annual Conference of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) held from 30 September to 4 October 2013 in Velaux, France.
Recently, he has been awarded with the "DPNet-Nepal Award 2014" on 13 October 2014 by the Government of Nepal in recognition to his significant contribution in the field of DRR.
He is decorated with various prestigious National Medals like: Janpad Sewa Padak 1991, Mahendra Vidhya Bhusan Padak 1996, Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu 1998, Gaddi Arohan Rajat Padak 2001, Daibi Prakopoddar Padak, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Prof. Chhetri authored two books namely; "Mitigation and Management of Floods in Nepal" and “Analysis of Nepalese Agriculture.” He has also published a number of articles in national and international journals.
Prof. Chhetri completed Post Doctorate (Post Doc.) Research Study on "Disaster Risk Reduction: Policy Implications for Nepal, Australia and Beyond" from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia in 2011. Prof. Chhetri earned his doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1995. He also holds an MA and Law degree. He carried out 14 months Drug Abuse Research Study at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A. from 2002 to 2003. He attended the Pandemic Disaster Preparedness Training Course at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia from August 24 to November 29, 2008.
Apart from the above, he has carried out a number of research works in various fields in Nepal and beyond. In addition to the above, Prof. Chhetri worked as the consultant and resource person in a number of projects and programs related to disaster risk reduction in Nepal. He has significantly contributed in formulating and implementing disaster management policy and legislation in Nepal.