Our Team.

Meet Our Board

LEARN OUR TEAM 

Ram Pratap Thapa

Chairman

Ram Pratap Thapa has been Chairman of the DNG since 1999. He has been Honorary Consul of Nepal in Germany since 2001 and was appointed Honorary Consul General of Nepal in Germany in 2013. He is the holder of the Federal Cross of Merit ( 2001 ) and the Nepalese Order of Merit ( 1999 ). He is a co-founder of the Non-Resident Nepali Association ( NRNA ), an association of the Nepalese diaspora in 75 countries.

Alka Khanal

1st deputy chair

Alka Khanal has been the 1st deputy chair of the DNG since December. She is a sworn interpreter for Nepali. She studied ecotrophology and Asian studies at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn with a focus on culture and society in South and West Asia. She is currently working as an interpreter, giving language courses and working as an intercultural trainer.

Norbert Meyer

2nd deputy chairman

Norbert Meyer is the 2nd deputy chairman of the DNG. He was deputy. Ambassador, Chancellor and Permanent Representative to the German Embassy Kathmandu ( July 2005 to June 2010, since then in partial retirement ). After completing his senior service training, he passed the career test in 1972 as a graduate in administration. This was followed by missions in Bordeaux, Lagos, Abidjan and Montreal. After an 8-year stay at the headquarters from 1989 to 1997, including 5 years as an exempt member of the staff council, from 1997 to 2001 he worked as head of the German Information Center in London and from 2001 to 2005 as chancellor in Dakar, Senegal.

Uwe Hens

Treasurer

Uwe Hens has been the DNG treasurer for many years. After studying mathematics, training and working as an industrial clerk / IT specialist. In 1998 and 2000 trekking trips to Nepal. This increased interest in the country and its people. In 2005 adoption of the son in Nepal. In 2009 further stay in Nepal. Currently IT administrator and studies in business informatics at the FernUniversität Hagen.

Kamala Dahal

Board Member

Kamala Dahal is a board member and is particularly involved in the field of cultural mediation at the DNG. She is in Eastern Nepal and has lived in NRW since 1993, where she runs a hotel and restaurant with her family. Kamala is a well-known Nepalese dancer and film actress. She is committed to Nepalese cultural mediation and the advancement of women in Germany and Europe and is Vice President of the International Nepalese Artist Society ( INAS ).

Tamara Bülow

Political Scientist

Tamara Bülow is a passionate political scientist with a focus on South and Southeast Asia from Cologne. In 2015 she traveled to Nepal for field research in the field of citizen participation in the water and sanitary sector for her master’s thesis. After experiencing the earthquake on site, she organized a benefit concert back in Cologne to support the population in the Langtang area. She currently lives in Berlin and works for a company in the IT industry. She has been a member of the board since December 2020 and has been supporting the DNG on a voluntary basis for events, social media and the further development of the association for several years.

Christine Petrasch

Credit Analyst

Christine Petrasch has supported the design and implementation of DNG events for years. She works as a credit analyst for corporate customers in Cologne’s largest credit institution. Her hobbies include painting and traveling in particular. She has been interested in the country and people of Nepal since the late 1990s and maintains contact with development aid for Nepal and the DNG. It has been helping to design and implement society’s events for years.

Prof. Dr. Astrid Funke

Lawyer

Prof. Dr. Astrid Funke is a lawyer and has been a professor in the social security department at Bonn Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences since 2003. Other areas of teaching include European and civil law. She supports the DNG in legal matters and was also the 1st deputy chairman of the company for some time.

Meet Team Members

Uwe Hens
Treasurer
Uwe Hens has been the DNG treasurer for many years. After studying mathematics, training and working as an industrial clerk / IT specialist. In 1998 and 2000 trekking trips to Nepal. This increased interest in the country and its people. In 2005 adoption of the son in Nepal. In 2009 further stay in Nepal. Currently IT administrator and studies in business informatics at the FernUniversität Hagen.
Maria Fernando
Administrative Director
Uwe Hens has been the DNG treasurer for many years. After studying mathematics, training and working as an industrial clerk / IT specialist. In 1998 and 2000 trekking trips to Nepal. This increased interest in the country and its people. In 2005 adoption of the son in Nepal. In 2009 further stay in Nepal. Currently IT administrator and studies in business informatics at the FernUniversität Hagen.
Heather Cunningham
Research Director
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Laura Thomton
Chief of Staff
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Jack McCan
Executive Officer
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Tim Bacht
Program Officer
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Shay Gines
Finance Associate
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Melisa Mitchell
Policy Manager
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