Who We Are

Bishnu Pathak - President
Bishnu Pathak holds a PhD in Conflict and Human Rights from Tribhuvan University. He is a Convener of South Asia TRANSCEND International and Board Member of TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU). He has worked as a Peace and Conflict Analyst at the IIDS/Finish Embassy, Team Leader for LANCAU/British Embassy, Senior National Peace and Conflict Analyst at the EU, Researcher at The Danish Center for Human Rights, Peace and Conflict expert for ITDG and ActionAid, and has been a human rights activist for 20 years. He is the author of a number of publications including his book, Politics of People’s War and Human Rights in Nepal, Intra-Dalit Discrimination: Status Report on Tarai Dalits (2006, British Embassy), A Status Report on Human Rights in Nepal and numerous articles on human rights, conflict, and peace.

Anand Aditya – Chief Advisor
Anand Aditya, who holds an MA from Kansas State University (1979) and a diploma in Russian Language (Moscow), was a Graduate Fellow at Columbia University (1979-80) and an Asia Foundation Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign (1989) for studies on the Afghan War. He has edited the Nepal Human Development Report (1998 and 2001, UNDP), and also The Political Economy of Small States 1998, (Nepal Foundation for Advanced Studies). He has, worked as a consultant with a number of bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs and INGOs - UNDP, UNICEF, CNAS, DANIDA, IIDS, MS Nepal New ERA, NESAC, and UNV.

Surendra Upretty – Secretary General
Surendra Uprety currently teaches Economic Policy Analysis at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He is Secretary General of the Pragya Foundation, an organization set up to promote public welfare and strengthen civil society through education, and a permanent member of the Nepal Economic Association. He received his MA in economics in 1998 from Tribhuvan University and is currently completing a doctorate in international trade.

Rita Chudary – Office Manager
Rita Chaudhary, born in Udayapur, has a Masters Degree in Sociology from Tribhuwan University. She has worked as a social mobilizer in MGEP (Women’s Development project funded by United Nation Development Program (UNDP) Nepal in Udayapur and has been working in the Conflict Study Center since 2007.

Devendra Upretty – Researcher
Devendra Uprety, completed his MA in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2007. His research areas are Security Sector Reform, (SSR) and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Militant Culture and Militarization, peace, conflict transformation, and Federalism. Currently, he is a lecture of Sociology for the master's degree program in Active Academy under Tribhuvan University.

Mina Siwakot - Treasurer
Mina Siwakoti, from Panchthar district, has been working at the CS Center since its inception. Previously, she had been working as a social activist, particularly in the cause of gender equality.


Pawan Bimali – Volunteer
Pawan Bimali has been a volunteer at the Conflict Study Center since its inception. In addition to his voluntary service at this organization, he is engaged in child rights advocacy. He was born in eastern hilly district, Tehrathum where he completed his primary education. He completed his M. Ed. in English and M. Phil. in Education and Development from Tribhuvan University. He has his M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Peace Development from European Peace University, Austria. After completing university education, he worked as a lecturer and teacher for more than ten years in various colleges and schools in remote districts of Nepal. In addition to his teaching career, he worked for an NGO on the capacity of Program and Finance Officer for a year.


Neil Horning – Editor/Researcher
Neil Horning, an American, has been researching conflict in Nepal since 2003, and lived in the country on and off since 2005. He has interviewed leaders and combatants from the central committee to ground level of the Maoist Movement in both the course of the conflict and the current transition period. Neil holds a BA in international Relations from San Francisco State University (2005).


Mission and Vision

Founded in 2006, The Conflict Study Center is an academic, action and policy research based institution comprised of a group of preeminent experts and scholars in related fields. It's main purposes are to promote peace and the respect of human rights, reform security and encourage democratic processes. It is an autonomous, non-partisan, not for profit agency, locally based and registered with the Government of Nepal. The Center’s current focus is on providing research, support and training to local policy-makers and implementers, security organs, political parties, and civil society with an emphasis on the empowerment of poor, marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable (PMDV) groups. The goal of the Center is to mobilize national and international human and financial capital toward an exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise that will benefit policy makers, those who implement policy and the people ultimately effected by it.

CS Center is united behind the vision of a peaceful and fully democratic, inclusive Nepal that upholds the rule of law and respects human rights. It is committed to the process of conflict transformation through peaceful means, a concept that stands apart from others such as conflict resolution and conflict management in that it seeks to mitigate the underlying causes of conflict by transforming the societal relationships that support violence.

The Center was established to provide policy makers and implementers with the academic and research resources necessary to address critical issues related to conflict resolution, mitigation and transformation as well as development with a focus on protecting human rights and promoting democratization.