Manohara Khadka

Senior Researcher and Country Representative, Nepal
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


Manohara Khadka is Senior Researcher and Country Representative at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal. Highly passionate about transformative change, social inclusion and women’s empowerment, she brings over two decades of experience and knowledge in research, policy and programmatic portfolios of water, natural resources and climate change in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region, including Nepal. Khadka has studied water resources management, community forestry, biodiversity, pastoral livelihoods, natural resources policies, institutions and climate change issues using feminist political ecology and development theories and approaches. Khadka received a Master’s degree in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture from Norwegian University of Life Science, Norway, and a PhD in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, the Hague, Netherlands. She has received an education award, Nepal Vidhya Bhusan A, provided by the Government of Nepal.