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Program Director, Civil Society and Media, Nepal

Ajay Das serves as program director for the Civil Society and Media (CSM) project for The Asia Foundation in Nepal. Ajay has over 20 years of professional experience working on peacebuilding, governance, political transition, human rights, and media management.

Prior to joining the CSM team, he served as a program management specialist with UNDP Afghanistan, where he led a team in the southern regional office. From 2012 to 2016, Ajay was an advisor to UNDP Nepal’s Conflict Prevention Programme. He also served as national project manager for the Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Programme from 2016 to 2017 and senior political advisor to Governance Facility in 2018. Ajay also served as a visiting faculty member at Kathmandu University from 2001 to 2006.

He established and coordinated infrastructures for peace to support a long-term peacebuilding approach in Nepal. Ajay worked with Nepal’s Ministry of Land and senior political leaders to support formulating land use policies. He worked with the local community and youth groups in the districts to promote social cohesion through youth volunteerism and community engagement. He led the prevention of electoral violence project for the 2013 Constituent Assembly Election and the 2017 Local Election in Nepal. In the media sector, Ajay worked as a news coordinator from 2000 to 2006 for Kantipur FM radio and Kantipur Television Network, pioneering a popular radio talk show and serving as the editor for Galaxy 4K Television.

Ajay has extensive experience as a dialogue and conflict-sensitivity trainer and has provided national and subnational level training on dialogue to a wide array of stakeholders, including political party leaders, civil society representatives, religious leaders, youth groups, and journalists.

Education: Ajay holds a master’s degree in English literature from Tribhuvan University.