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WLC’s approach to management is a lean core team supported by a team of world-class national and international experts, who manage and guide project teams. This deliberate method helps WLC maintain flexibility to deploy teams rapidly and propose value for money solutions.

 

Operating out of fully solar powered office, the WLC is led by it’s Managing Director Kapil Tamot with support from a small team of experts:

Kapil TAMOT
 
Kapil is an unusual polymath with expertise in Nepal geographically, developmentally and ethnologically, in its public, private and civil society spheres. He has shared his knowledge of strategic analysis, project delivery systems and management in many conflict and post conflict countries in policy advocacy, government engagement, capacity building and donor coordination. “His skills to co-ordinate and form partnerships in development to optimise results is remarkable”, mentioned the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Department for International Development (DFID), Gareth Thomas, in his Nepal visit report in 2004.
 
Kapil has successfully designed, led and managed multi-million dollar projects on market development, alternative energy, economic reform, social protection, SME creation, public private partnership, inclusive growth, public finance, governance, social inclusion, public health, community development, conflict resolution, statistics, community support, and journalism in international and multi stakeholder environment such as ADB, DFID, USAID and World Bank. The US Ambassador to Nepal, Nancy J. Powell, regarded one of his works as “the most innovative initiative she has seen in her entire career as a diplomat” in 2009.
 
Kapil has an engineering degree. He is certified teacher. He was tour leader for Nepal and Tibet. He is an award winning art photographer. He served as parliamentary assistant for a French member of parliament at the French Cabinet. He designed and coordinated a public relations campaign to promote India in London and Edinburgh. He was also an accomplished journalist with experience in radio, print, online and television. He trained in over ten FM stations across the country when the FM boom began in Nepal in late 90s and established his own FM station. As BBC television’s first producer for Nepal, he helped established it’s Nepal office.
 
Kapil has held senior managerial positions. He was deputy resident representative for one of the biggest international NGO in Nepal. In his last job as the country head for a leading international development consultancy firm, he set up its Nepal office. In three years, he successfully developed business worth over US$ 50m and set up three project offices. He recruited and supervised work of dozens of consultants, and provided direction and oversight to projects. Kapil was heavily involved in business development activities in South Asia and in West Africa.
 
A graduate of Academy de Nantes (France) and University of Westminster (UK), Kapil is one of two founding directors of White Lotus Centre. He leads WLC as it’s managing director.

WLC’s approach to management is a lean core team supported by a team of world-class national and international experts

Farida KHATUN
 
Head of Finance.
 
Noted experts who have lived and worked in Nepal and South Asia for many years support the WLC management. Some of our key experts are:
Hisanobu SHISHIDO
 
Hisan leads our growth and macro-economic management streams.
 
Hisan is an internationally renowned expert in finance and economics. He has held high-level positions in international financial institutions, and has considerable experience in South and South East Asia. His experience in Nepal ranges from Chief of Mission for The International Monetary Fund to Country Sector Coordinator for The World Bank.
 
Hisan also has a sound academic experience, which involves establishing, directing and managing graduate courses. He has taught economics and finance in universities in Tokyo and in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his Ph. D. in economics.
 
His is currently advising UK Department for International Development (DFID) in improving Nepal’s macroeconomic management, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in preparing and conducting Growth and Development Seminars to Nepali policymakers and to advise them on how federalism may be introduced in Nepali context.
Gautam SEN
 
Gautam leads our institutional reform, economic liberalisation and international trade initiatives.
 
Gautam has particular expertise in South Asian, American and British foreign and international economic policies and is an expert on Nepal-India relations. He was adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office in India on economic liberalisation including the revision of the Patents Act, and to the Ministry of External Affairs on relations with Nepal. He acted as intermediary between the prime ministers of Nepal and India and prepared notes for both on suitable courses of action and the formulation of mutually acceptable treaty provisions in trade. Similarly, Gautam was member of the Eminent Persons group of the Indo-British Round Table that advised both governments on issues affecting relations between the two countries until 2004.
 
Gautam is a well-known international political economist. He was a Director and one of the founders of the pioneering Masters Degree programme in the Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he taught for more than two decades. He also served as director of LSE’s International Studies Summer School. He earned his Bachelors and Doctoral degrees at the London School of Economics. He taught at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London and has been a visiting lecturer at the London Business School, Manchester University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the US. He has lectured to Chevening and Gurukul scholars, FCO and British Department of Trade and Industry, and trained UNDP Special Representatives at the UN Staff College in Turin. He was Ph.D. examiner for Oxbridge and London universities and chief examiner for its external degree. He advised a number of British universities to set up Master’s courses.
 
Gautam has advised multinationals such as British Petroleum and Barclays Capital. He is a board member of Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd, India’s largest privately-owned helicopter fleet. He is the author of several books on various aspects of political economy (development, foreign direct investment, globalisation), Indian and Chinese Economy, international economic relations, etc. He has published in major academic journals like Oxford International Review, Journal of Development Studies, Millennium, The World Economy, the Review of International Studies and the Economic and Political Weekly. Gautam was also co-author of a UNIDO annual survey of the world economy. He has written numerous articles for The Independent, Times of India, Indian Express, The Statesman, The Hindu and the News Insight portal, etc. He has given countless public lectures around the world including at Royal College of Defence Studies London, Oxford Bookstore, British International Studies Association, The Friedrich Naumann Foundation, major universities (Oxford, Ottawa, and Delhi), NATO Reserve Officers, etc. His last lecture in Nepal ‘Social inclusion in the provision of banking services in the context of the global economic crisis’ was attended by the Prime Minister Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai.
David WOOD
 
David provides strategic support to our initiatives.
 
Having served as head of DFID Nepal, Special Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN Special Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), and Senior Adviser on Peace and Development to the UN Resident Coordinator, David Wood has extensive high-level experience and networks across the Government of Nepal, the political parties, the development partners and civil society in Nepal. He has also served as head of DFID Bangladesh, and as DFID’s Deputy Chief Governance Advisor.
 
David developed the concept for, and was the founding member of the successful Reform and Development Group in Nepal, jointly chaired by the Vice Chair National Planning Commission and World Bank, and comprising the Secretary, Ministry of Finance and key bilateral and multilateral donors. This body was proposed by DFID to negotiate and agree with the government and donors an annual Priority Action Plan which set the key reform targets to be used to measure progress with reform in Nepal, and to trigger the release of sector budget support.
 
David led the preparation and negotiation of DFID’s Country Assistance Plan for Nepal (2004-2008). He was closely involved in planning the National Development Forum (NDF) in 2004 constituted to identify and address key development constraints and obstacles in Nepal. He established the DFID/GTZ Risk Management Office to enable development work to safely continue during the conflict at a time when the security situation in Nepal was at its worst. This required developing a network of high-level contacts across all political parties and the security forces (including with the Maoists, then underground and conducting an armed rebellion). He led the development of the Basic Operating Guidelines, supported by all the major development partners, which was instrumental in safeguarding development space and maintaining its operational independence. During this period, DFID was the only development agency to be able to initiate a project with Nepal Police, a major security sector reform programme. He also led DFID’s engagement in Nepal in the newly established UK Global Conflict Prevention Pool. In his capacity as head of DFID Nepal, he periodically briefed Government Ministers, the UK Cabinet Office and other government departments on relevant developments in Nepal, and on the UK Government’s response to the conflict.
 
During his assignments with UNMIN and the UNRCO, David advised the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Nepal, and the UNMIN Senior Management Group on the socio-economic dimensions of peace and helped to build UN support for the peace process. He also helped the UN Resident Coordinator to design and to make operational the UN Peace Fund for Nepal, and the UN Peace and Recovery Strategy. He also made the first successful application for support on behalf of Nepal to the UN Peace Building Commission, and he prepared the Peace and Development Framework and the subsequent Peace and Development Strategy on behalf of the Utstein Group of development partners, of which he was a member. During this period he interacted with, and worked alongside, government officials, politicians and donors at the most senior levels.

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