Whois going to Speak at the Workshop


Dr Dipendra Raman Singh

Chief, Quality Assurance and Regulation Division, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal.
Mr. Singh is the current chief of the Quality Assurance and Regulation Division at the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP). He graduated with a medical degree (MBBS, MD) and with a Public Health degree from the Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj. Previously he has worked as the chief at the National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) in the Department of Health Services (DoHS), and as the chief of Public Health Administration Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PHAMED), also in the DoHS. He greatly contributed to the planning and implementation of the national HIV/AIDS /STD program and has broad expertise on planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Mr. Bhogendra Raj Dotel

Director, Management Division/Ministry of Health and Population
Mr. Dotel is the current director of the Management Division at the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). He started his career as a Public Health Officer in different districts of Nepal. Mr. Dotel has greatly contributed to the successful expansion of Family Planning Service through the creation of satellite clinics and the establishment of a treasury for female community health volunteers. He then continued to become the director of Family Health Division, a regional health director to the director of Management Division. Mr. Dotel graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from the Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj and has broad technical expertise in the fields of policy, planning and advocacy. His contribution during his involvement as a chairman of the Nepal Public Health Association to the promotion of public health is highly acknowledged.

Mr. Chudamani Bhandari

Chief, Environmental Health and Healthcare Waste Management Section, Management Divison /Department of Health Service, Nepal

Mr. Bhandari has wide expertise from policy program planning to effective implementation of policy programs. He is currently working as the chief of the environmental health and health care waste management section at the department of health service in the Management Division of the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP). Furthermore, he has worked as the district health officer to the director of epidemiology and disease control division and as a health officer to the director of leprosy control division. Mr. Bhandari has completed his master’s in public health from the Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj and has attended a variety of international trainings on international health, epidemiology and more.


Ms. Ruth Stringer

International Science & Policy Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm
Ruth Stringer is the international science and policy coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She has been working with Health Care Without Harm for over ten years, coordinating work on waste, but also providing expertise on chemicals, pharmaceuticals and procurement. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, a technical advisor to the Africa Healthcare Waste Management project that HCWH is leading with UNDP and WHO and advises on waste management policies internationally. She is a co-author of the WHO handbook on Safe management of wastes from health-care activities. She maintains the organization’s database of sustainable technologies and promotes sustainable technologies for low- and medium-income countries. 

Sudan Raj Panthi

National Professional Officer, WHO Nepal
Mr. Sudan Raj Panthi is a specialist in the field of environmental health and has vast experience in the formulation and implementation of national environmental health related policies, strategies and plans. He developed and managed bilateral and multilateral technical cooperation programswith a focus on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Health Care Waste Management. Being the focal point of HCWM in WHO Nepal, he has provided technical assistance to various government guidelines. Furthermore, he contributed to produceglobal WHOdocuments such as, “A practical guide to auditing water safety plans” and “Protecting surface water for health identifying, assessing, and managing drinking water quality in surface – water catchment” in 2016, and “Guide to equitable water safety planning-2019” as well as“Water sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities; practical steps to achieve universal access to quality care” in 2019.

Prof. Dr. Ashok Agrawal

President, Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, India
After graduating from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Prof. Dr. Agrawal joined the Central Health Service Govt. of India in 1972. He completed his MD, DNB and DHSA in health administration and was awarded a Colombo Plan fellowship for a one-year diploma in health services administration at the university of Leeds (UK) 1981-82. He served as an assistant medical superintendent in Safdarjung hospital and was a senior faculty member and head of the department of Medical Care and Hospital Administration at NIHFW (1981-96). Subsequently, as professor and director at the School of Health Sciences, IGNOU, he pioneered the development and launch of several post-graduate diploma and degree programs through distance learning for doctors and nurses, amongst those courses in Health Care Waste Management.
Since 2014 Prof. Dr. Agrawal is working as adjunct professor andformer dean at the international institute of health management research and is the president of the Indiansociety of hospital waste management. He completed various short- and long-term assignments in more than 40 countries. He contributed to over 40 publications and 3 books including a chapter in WHO Geneva’s Blue Book (2nd Edition) on Health Care Waste Management.

Mr. Froilan Grate

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Incineration  Alternatives (GAIA/Asia) Phillipines.
Froilan is an environmental educator and volunteer at heart. He currently works as the Executive Director of GAIA Philippines and as the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. He is also the President of Mother Earth Foundation, an NGO working with cities and municipalities in the Philippines on building Zero Waste systems, as well as Chairman of Add Up! Volunteers, a group he founded in 2003 with the goal of engaging the youth in active nation building. He was also recently elected as the next private sector representative/ Commissioner to the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

Dr. Lim Khankryka

Lim Khankryka was qualified as a Medical Assistant in 1996 and continued to be a General Doctor in 2011 from the University of Health Sciences in Cambodia. From 1997-2000 worked as a provider in province. From 2000-2005 she returned to central MoH office and worked as staff for Ethic and regulation office. In 2005, new office has been established as Quality assurance office and she was one among first three staff. To gain and contribute to health development partner, she moved to work as a trainer for few international health organizations in field of maternal child health, quality assurance and infection prevention control. In 2017, She has held her current position with Ministry of Health in Quality Assurance office as Vice Chief in the Department of Hospital Services. Dr. Lim is one among the seven participants from Cambodia who first received the master training of trainer from WHO HQ on Water and Sanitation Facilities Improvement Tool (WASH FIT) and she was actively contextualize this tool. She is main WASH in HCFs taskforce member to develop national WASH in HCF guideline which endorsed in late 2018.


Dr. Dhundi Raj Pathak

Geotechnical & Geo-environmental Engineer/ Solid waste Management Specialist/Infrastructure Planning and GIS Specialist

Mr. Pathak holds a PhD in Geo-Environmental Engineering from Japan, a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the Institute of Engineering at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the same institute. Dr. Pathak is theDirector of the Engineering Study and Research Centre and serves as a board member at thecenter of research for environment, energy and water (CREEW). He teaches GIS and Landfill Engineering as well asSolid Waste Management at Tribhuvan University, and consults for donor agencies, INGOs, and governments in the field of civil and geo-environmental engineering. His work has ranged from civil and geo-environmental engineering including municipal solid waste, healthcare waste, fecal sludge management, geotechnical investigation, GIS and groundwater management along with climate change, integrated infrastructures planning and policy development at local, national to international levels. Dr. Pathak was appointed as technical expert member by Government of Nepal for field verification and capacity assessment of different international bidders for Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) project of Kathmandu Valley in 2011 and 2014.


Dr Kumar Tapash Bhowmik

Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India.
Prof. Dr. Kumar Tapash Bhowmik is an Indian radiation oncologist and consultant.
Fellow World Health Organization, 1998. Member Association Radiation Oncologists India (life, secretary general 2000-2004), Indian Cooperative Oncology Network (life, managing committee 1999-2001).

Dr. Ming Nan Lin

MD, MPH, Vice Superindent Dalin Buddhist Tzu Chi Hospital

Dr. Ming-Nan Lin earned his M.D. from the College of Medicine at the National Taiwan University. He has been working as theDirector of the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Community Medicine at the BuddhistDalin Tzu-Chi General Hospital in Taiwan since 2008. Since 2015 he is additionally working as Assistant professor in the Family Medicine Department at the College of Medicine at Tzu-Chi University. He is an Executive council member of the Taiwan Association of Health Promoting Hospitals and has over 30 publications with a focus on the influence of vegetarian nutrition and diet on health conditions and overall well-being of the patients. Through his position as chair of the international network “Taskforce of Health Promoting Hospital & Environment (HPH)” he further promotes health through a holistic approach of keeping the patient, the hospital as well as the overall environment healthy.


Mahesh Nakarmi

Health Care Waste Management Specialist & Program Director, Health Care Foundation Nepal

Mahesh Nakarmi is a leading international expert in health care waste management , particularly in low resource settings.

In 1994, Mahesh Nakarmi and his colleagues founded Health Care Foundation Nepal (or HECAF), which developed the National Kidney Center.  This Center expanded the number of dialysis machines from two in all of Nepal to 75 today.  Via the establishment of the National Kidney Center, Nakarmi became aware of a critical problem—the disposal of infectious health care waste into municipal waste streams across Nepal. 

In response, he designed and implemented HECAF’s pioneering Zero Waste based  Health Care Waste Management System at the National Kidney Center in 1999.  Since then, Nakarmi has led his HECAF team to replicate this Health Care Waste Management System model in 10 big hospitals and 30 small health clinics in Nepal.  Under the leadership of Mr. Nakarmi his team had also developed a system on Zero Waste System for Immunization waste that eliminates the burning of safety boxes filled with which stops the burning of  safety boxes filled with contaminated syringes

The model is now being presented as a solution across Asia and around the world via Nakarmi’s work with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), USAID, and international NGOs.  He has presented his model in Bhutan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, UK, USA etc. Along with health care waste management in hospitals, most recently, Nakarmi has adapted his Zero Waste model for grade schools and high schools, monasteries and nunneries, a meditation center etc in Nepal.  As anchor institutions, all of these have a part to play in today’s Zero Waste transformation.


Mr. Anders Bolmstedt

Chairman of the Board Health Care Without Harm - Europe, Sweden

Anders coordinates the chemical management in Region VästraGötaland, Sweeden from the aspects of health and environmental protection. His work involves setting up and evaluating demands in procurement and educating employees about the safe management of hazardous chemicals. Anders has been involved in risk assessments of hazardous chemicals for over 15 years and initiated the National Substitution Group (NSG) in Sweden where he is still active. In addition to chemicals issues, he is interested in the role of good health for the environment.

Mr. Krishna Ram Yendyo

WASH Engineer, Eco Concern Nepal
Mr. Krishna Ram Yendyo is a WASH Engineer working in faecal sludge management, wastewater management, and urban water management. Mr. Yendyo has working experiences in several civil engineering projects in Nepal since 2002 and in abroad as well. He has several experiences in designing and implementing decentralized wastewater systems in Nepal. Mr. Yendyo is graduate from UNESCO-IHE and AIT, Bangkok in Urban Water Engineering and Management.

Dr Guillaume FAUVEL

General Coordinator, MD-M France
Guillaume Fauvel (MD, MPH) has been working for international non-governmental organizations and French local governments in health promotion with a focus on environmental and urban health for 25 years. In France, he contributed to the development of an approach to healthy cities. In South America, East Asia and Northern Africa, he gained experience in reducing environmental risks to vulnerable populations exposed to mining toxins, pesticides, as well as electronic waste and general waste. He has been working with Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World (MdM) for 15 years, first as technical support division’s manager at headquarters, then as technical advisor to the Philippine program focusing on the health consequences of informal disposal of electronic waste. Guillaume Fauvel currently works as MdM General Coordinator in Nepal and implements approaches to health promotion and risk mitigation for informal waste workers in the Kathmandu Valley. He has also been teaching public health and health promotion in France for 15 years (Universities of Versailles - Saint-Quentin and Paris).

Arundati Muralidharan

Manager Policy (WASH in Health & Nutrition, and Schools)
WaterAid India
Arundati Muralidharan is Manager Policy (WASH in Health & Nutrition, and Schools) at WaterAid India. She has 15 years of experience as a public health practitioner and qualitative researcher with expertise in menstrual health and hygiene management, and gender and sanitation, and sexual and reproductive health.  Previously, Arundati has worked with the Public Health Foundation of India, SNEHA, and Population Services International (PSI). She has a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Boston University and a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Mr. Ambar Kumar Sharma

Sr AHW (officer) in Tribeni Health Post, Tribeni Rural Municipality, Salyan
Mr Sharma has more than 25 years of working experience in the government health sector, including as Sr AHW in various Health Posts and as Health Coordinator in Chattershwori Municipality in Salyan. Currently, he is working as Sr AHW (officer) in Tribeni Health Post in Salyan.

Mr. Vivek Singh (Thakuri)

Vivek Singh Thakuri, MBA graduate from Kathmandu University School of Management has also studied Social Marketing from University of South Florida, USA and Communication Strategies from Phoenix Institute for Professional Studies, London. He is a certified trainer and practicing professional for advocacy and networking from HeRWAI, Netherlands; and a trained photojournalist from International Institute of Journalism Berlin (IIJB).

He wears many hats – he is a practicing Development Professional, Social Entrepreneur, Educationalist, National and International Award Winning Actor and a Media Personality.

He has worked for more than a decade in the area of heath research and communication with a progressive track record of working for multinationals like A C Nelson (global leaders in market research), Family Health International (FHI), Population Services International (PSI), Britain Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) and currently leads MITRA Samaj as the Executive Director.

His brainchild “The Mitini Initiative” geared towards addressing their Menstrual Health Management issues is a fine example of truly sustainable approcah to development.

Vivek loves dogs – and says, “if I were a dog – I believe, I would be Pit Bull Aggressive and Persistent.


Jan-Christoph Schlenk

Advisor, Sustainable Sanitation Programme, GIZ, Bonn, Germany
Jan-Christoph Schlenk works as a policy advisor with the Sustainable Sanitation Programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
He has more than 10 years of professional experience in research and development projects in the field of urban development, migration, sanitation/WASH in schools and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
Mr. Schlenk received his M.Sc. degree from the University of Cologne. He did graduate work in Geography, Regional Planning and Political Science in Bonn, Cologne and at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Mr. Rajeev Banjara

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor, USAID-Swachchhata Project
Mr Banjara is a public health professional and over the past ten years has focused on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for different Maternal, Neo-natal and Child Health, Nutrition, and WASH Projects.  Currently he is working as MEL Advisor for USAID funded Swachchhata Project being implemented by SNV and PSI in five districts of Province 5 and 6.

Mr. Ramon Pascal

Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm Asia
Mr. San Pascual brings with him years of experience working in civil society organizations (CSO) engaged in social development work, and has dedicated many years on policy development, advocacy and working with policy-makers and stakeholders on population, health, environment and sustainable development issues. Having worked with an extensive network of parliamentarians, health professionals, community and civil society leaders, he has helped form and strengthen coalitions of advocates upholding health and social justice in the Philippines and across the Asia Pacific region. 

Connie Cai Ru Gan

Griffith University Centre for Environment & Population Health,
Queensland, Australia
Ms Connie Gan, a Malaysian public health researcher in climate action based in Brisbane. She is a policy analyst, researcher, public speaker, and consultant.  She is seeking a role advancing the interface between climate action, healthy settings and health governance based on her Ph.D. research at Griffith University. Currently, she is working on the approach of Health Promoting Hospital (HPH) in facilitating hospitals addressing climate change in Taiwan. For more than 10 years’ experience in various international agencies, one of her many involvements, as the sustainability coordinator of the Task Force on HPH and Environment, she actively promotes and disseminates good practices towards climate-resilient and sustainable healthcare.

Mr. Hari KC

Engineer, Birendranagar Municipality, Surkhet
Mr Hari is a Senior Engineer with extensive experience in NGO and Government sector.  He is currently working as Engineer in Birendranagar Municipality and responsible for implementing the Integrated Solid Waste and Fecal Sludge Processing Site. 

Mr. Chet Narayan Kafle

Senior Auxiliary Health Worker, Health Post Incharge of Jamuni Health Post, Bardiya
Mr. Kafle has been working in Jamuni Health Post since 2057 B.S. He started his carrier in health sector since 2052 B.S.  in Gumchal Health post, Rolpa district. He is a facilitator of different health related trainings. He recently has received Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool ( WASHFIT) Training in Kathmandu  and is committed to improve the quality of health services.