Dr. Mingma Norbu Sherpa, originally from Monju in Chaurikharka VDC, Solukhumbu, received his education in conservation governance, sustainable development and tourism. He completed his PhD study from University of Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Sherpa first became affiliated with Mountain Spirit in 2000, became an executive member in 2006, and was appointed president of the organization in 2008. Again he was appointed president in 2014 and successfully completed his two years tenure. During his presidency, he contributed significantly to Mountain Spirit’s organizational development. He has held various roles with organizations including the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) and IUCN Nepal.
Dr. Shailendra Thakali has over two-decades of professional career in protected area management, particularly in integrated conservation and development programs. He holds Ph.D. in Environmental Management from Lincoln University, New Zealand and master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology of Travel and Tourism from University of Surrey, UK. Dr. Thakali has served as the Livelihood Advisor for the DFID UKAid for three years and Programme Manager for The Mountain Institute, for six years. He also took the position of Director of Education and Information for the National Trust for Nature Conservation for two years, Senior Program Manager for three years, and Regional Conservation Officer for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project for three years. He has been working as an independent consultant since 2006. His current assignments includes climate change adaption planning and integration in the Khumbu region, development of a concession framework for Nepal and Assessment of Key steps in Participatory Biodiversity Conservation to become Self-sustaining in Nepalese context for Hariyo Ban Program.
Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama (Sherpa) is originally from Beni-3, Tumbuk village of Solukhumbu district. He is one of Mountain Spirit’s founding members and has previously served the organization in various roles including executive member, executive director, general secretary and president. Mr. Lama has an academic background in community development and planning in tourism management and has worked with various national and international organizations on community development using appreciative and participatory approaches.
Mr. Nima Lama Hyolmo is originally from Shermathang village of Kiul VDC, Sindhupalchowk. He joined MS in 1999 and became an executive member in 2008. He was elected as general secretary of MS from 2010 to 2012 and and served as president of the organization from 2012-2014. He also served as secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN). Professionally, he is a tourism entrepreneur and is actively involved in various community and social organizations such as Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) and Yangrima Trust.