Our Team

Ram Kumar Bhandari, Founder and Director

Ram Bhandari has led the struggle to secure justice for victims of Nepal’s conflict for over a decade. His involvement with the victims’ movement began when his own father was disappeared in 2001. He is the founder of the National Network of Families of the Disappeared (NEFAD), the Committee for Social Justice(CSJ), Conflict Victims Common Platform (CVCP), and more recently, Conflict Victim National Alliance (CVNA).

Niranjan Kumar Chaudhary, General Secretary

Niranjan Kumar Chaudhary, son of Sagun Lal Chaudhary, a local teacher/social activist of Bardiya, was disappeared during the armed conflict, has led the conflict victims movement in Bardiya district by organizing families of the victims of the enforced disappearances, and had played a significant role in community-based war memorialization particularly to establish the Kumbbaradda Disappeared Memorial Park in Barbardiya Municipality of Bardiya district. He is founder of Conflict Victim Committee (CVC) Bardiya and the coordinator of the recently established National Memory Network(Name Net) Nepal.

Prabal Chandra Thapa, Campaign Coordinator

Prabal Thapa has completed his Master’s degree from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies(CPCS) majoring in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies(ACTS). He joined the NEFAD team in 2015 and facilitated the launch of the various campaigns including Bardiya Conflict Victims Cooperative Group in the summer of 2017. Prabal supports logistics for NEFAD events and projects, promotes advocacies of victims and survivors, and memorialization initiatives in Nepal and in Asia. He is a member of the Asia Steering Committee of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Kushma Chaudhary, Embroidery Cooperative Coordinator

Kushma Chaudhary coordinates local women groups in Bardiya, lost her father during the conflict; works to support the victim’s community in Bardiya, assisting them with filing applications at local municipal offices and coordinating embroidery training for the Bardiya Conflict Victims Cooperative Group. The group dedicated to financially empowering wives, daughters, and sisters of the disappeared.