Bed Prasad Khatiwada, PhD
Dr. Khatiwada is a postharvest horticulturist with specialization in fresh produce safety and quality along the supply chain through better postharvest management. He pursued his PhD from Australia in non-destructive detection of internal defects in fruit using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and has worked as post-doctoral scholar in university of California Davis (UC Davis) with Prof. Elizabeth Mitcham in a project on non-destructive quality assessment in Pear using NIRS. He obtained his MSc Ag in Horticulture and B Sc Ag from IAAS, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After years of experience of working with development and research organizations in Nepal, Australia and USA, Dr. Khatiwada is currently working as Fresh Produce Safety and Quality Controller in a business based in Brisbane Markets, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Khatiwada published more than a dozen of publications including journal articles, proceedings, book chapters and love to write for farming communities in their language in relevant technical and advocacy issues.
Shanta Karki, PhD
Dr. Karki pursued her MS and PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from Kyoto University, Japan and continued her professional career as postdoctoral researcher in the C4 Rice Project at International Rice Research Institute in Philippines for 3 years where she continued working as Molecular Biologist for another 4 years. She also worked as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) before she returned to Nepal and started her career in the government service as joint secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development. Dr. Karki is currently leading the National Centre for Fruit Development under the department providing strategic and technical leadership for overall development of fruit sector in Nepal. Dr. Karki have broad range of experience in teaching, education, research, and management capacities in Japan, Philippines, and Nepal. She has authored more than two dozen scientific articles, abstracts and proceeding papers in reputed peer reviewed journals and presented at national, regional and international scientific and development forums.
Bhim Chaulagain, PhD
Dr. Chaluagain is a plant pathologist, with PhD from University of Florida, USA and M Sc Ag and B Sc Ag from IAAS, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is currently working as a post-doctoral scholar in Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. His research focus is on epidemiology, spatial and temporal spread of infectious diseases, disease simulation and modeling and plant disease management using an integrated approach. He authored more than dozen peer reviewed scientific articles and scientific abstracts as lead author along with co-authoring other scientific publications. Dr Chaulagain is currently contributing as Assistant Editor of scientific journal 'Tropical Plant Pathology'. He has broad range of interest and expertise in areas of food and nutrition security, plant clinic for better crop health, neglected and underutilized species research and other contemporary issues of Nepalese and global agriculture. He has worked as a Plant Protection Officer in Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development in different capacities and contributed significantly in the preparation of project implementation manual for 'Improved Seed for Farmers Project' and also in drafting policies related to sericulture development, integrated pest management, fungicide registration and use, and formal seed sector development.