East-West Center Delegation Visited South Asian Countries

By Kamal Raj Sigdel (APLP, 08-09)

Sigdel, a journalist based in Kathmandu, was an EWC fellow from Nepal for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program 2008/09.

Karen Knudsen and Mary Hammond with Alumni from the EWCA Kathmandu Chapter.

As part of the East-West Center’s move to strengthen its ties with Nepal and other South Asian countries and to prepare grounds for the Center’s 50th anniversary in 2010, an EWC delegation completed its four-day visit to Nepal from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15, 2009.

The delegation, which arrived in Kathmandu on Sept. 12, 2009 completing its similar programs in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized and participated in number programs among EWC alumni and other prospective students and researches in Kathmandu.

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Dr. Shankar P. Sharma (OG 79-83, RSI 83-86) appointed Nepalese Ambassador to the United States

Congratulations to Dr. Sharma on his appointment as Nepalese Ambassador to the United States by the Government of Nepal this August 3rd, 2009.



United Nations ESCAP

Source: United Nations ESCAP



Dr. Sharma is the President of the EWCA Nepal Chapter with headquarters in Kathmandu. He is a prominent economist and former Hon. Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission in Nepal.


Karen Knudsen (EWC Director of External Affairs) and Mary Hammond (EWC Dean of Students) are planning to visit Kathmandu in September 2009 and will be meeting with representatives of the EWCA Nepal (Kathmandu) Chapter to talk about the chapter’s plans for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the East-West Center in July 2010 and congratulate Dr. Sharma on his distinguished appointment.


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East-West Center Day, Kathmandu Chapter

By Nirendra Maske (ISI ’66-’68)
Kathmandu Chapter Liaison

EWC Day in Kathmandu

East-West Center Day was celebrated by the EWCA Kathmandu Chapter on 17 May, 2008, and the occasion marked the formal launching of the sister relationship between the EWCA Brisbane Chapter, Australia, and the EWCA Kathmandu, Nepal Chapter. The Brisbane Chapter celebrated the EWC Day on 18 May, 2008.

The occasion was used by the chapter to visit the “Balbhojan” with food for children, an education program, and to distribute educational kits to about 60 underprivileged and street children. We also visited and helped serve them lunch provided by “Balbhojan.” It was a memorable visit.

EWC Day in Brisbane

By Peter Nunan (ISI ’66-’68)

Brisbane chapter at Nepalese pavilion

On Sunday 18 May, the Brisbane chapter celebrated EWC Day with a picnic next to the Nepalese pavilion in South Bank, which was built for the EXPO 88. The place was chosen because we were inaugurating our sister chapter relationship with the Kathmandu Chapter in Nepal. We chose that chapter for this initiative because we have a local member who was born there, Bhishna Bajracharya.

At the picnic and chapter meeting were Bhishna Bajracharya and his wife Edilyn; Karen and Peter Nunan; Iraphne and Ralph Childs; and Pat Byrne, Aline and Jeremy Webb, chapter President.

We plan to exchange brief biographical details with the Nepalese (Kathmandu) chapter, to help us decide what we will do next in this relationship. A meeting in a Nepalese restaurant is planned for late June to discuss our options.