Preeti Thapa is a peacebuilder and U.S.-trained lawyer, with 19 years of experience in law and law-related fields, gender, peacebuilding, and governance. She is a mediator and certified master trainer in interest-based mediation. She is an active member of a small community of mediation professionals in Nepal. She has worked to develop and institutionalize community mediation program in 14 districts through five partner NGOs. Preeti has helped train more than 4,000 community mediators, one third of whom are women.
Ms. Thapa supported the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) to expedite the launch of Local Peace Committees (LPC) and provided technical assistance in building the capacity for these new structures. She has provided orientation on mediation to MoPR officials and key office-bearers within the LPCs. Similarly, she provided technical support to MoPR in drafting the bill on Truth and Reconciliation Committee and helped the ministry to organize series of consultation with the stakeholders on the bill. She backstopped for the staff working with the Nepal Transition to Peace (NTTP) Initiative, a forum for informal dialogue among Nepal’s major political parties and the only space co-owned by major political parties, the government, and civil society.
Ms. Thapa has worked with the Nepal Ministry of Law and Justice to draft mediation policies and has provided inputs for the drafting and passage of Mediation Act and Regulation. She also serves as the Foundation’s liaison with the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers’ Gender Empowerment and Coordination Unit, Office of the Attorney General, and the National Human Rights Commission.
Ms. Thapa has developed and led training programs in mediation and dialogue ranging from community members to government officials and diplomats in Nepal and various other countries. She is a trainer of the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy’s courses on Dialogue and Mediation. She has presented her mediation work internationally at workshops and conferences organized by the UN, civil societies, and academia. In addition, she has published articles related to mediation and peacebuilding. Ms. Thapa served as editor for Compilation and Analysis of Gender Justice Cases of Nepal (Forum for Protection of Public Interest, 2003). She has published papers and blogs related to peacebuilding. She is a member of the Nepal Bar Association and of the Community Mediators’ Society Nepal. She is a visiting faculty at Kathmandu University and the Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri, Nepal on Conflict Transformation.
Ms. Thapa’s other country experience includes Afghanistan, Mongolia, Laos, India, and the U.S.
Education: Preeti Thapa studied Law, receiving her bachelor’s degree from the Tribhuvan University and her master’s degree from the School of Law at the University of New Hampshire.
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