Ms. Jaya Luintel, President & Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Jaya is a prominent, nationally acclaimed journalist and women’s rights activist. She began her journalism career at Radio Sagarmatha, the first community radio station in South Asia. Throughout her 17 year broadcast journalism career, she has designed and executed radio projects focusing on women’s empowerment, gender justice, health & nutrition, HIV /AIDS and violence against women. The radio program she designed and directed at Equal Access Nepal, received the prestigious One World Media Special Award in the UK in June 2010. Internationally trained at Radio Netherland Training Centre (RNTC) and Deutsche Welle Radio Training Centre on broadcast journalism, she herself has trained hundreds of people during her journalism career, most of them women.
Jaya is a Global Change Leaders Fellow and a Coady Women’s Leadership Research Fellow in 2016 at the Coady International Institute in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was chosen as one of BBC’s 100 Influential Women of 2014 and was an Asia Foundation Development Fellow the same year. She has been internationally recognized for her communications work in the areas of gender, women’s rights and the empowerment of marginalized people.
Mr. Rajan Parajuli, Secretary, Executive Board
Mr. Rajan started his journalism career at the age of 13 when he joined Metro FM, run by Kathmandu Metropolitan city. There he led the production of a radio program targeted at children. In 2002 he joined Antenna Foundation Nepal as a reporter where he is now serving as the Program Director. During his professional career as a journalist, he has trained more than 300 reporters throughout Nepal. Internationally trained at Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC), Rajan likes to explore and experiment with new ideas in media. Rajan believes in listening to people’s stories. He is currently working as Country Representative for Population Media Center in Nepal.
Ms. Charimaya Tamang, Executive Board Member
Ms. Charimaya was 16 when she was trafficked to India. In 1996, after spending 22 months in a brothel as a sex slave, she was rescued with support from Nepal’s human rights activists by the Indian government . Upon her return to Nepal, Ms. Tamang faced social stigma and was treated as an outcast by her own community. In 2000, Ms. Tamang and 15 other survivors established Shakti Samuha, an anti-trafficking NGO. Later, when she shared her story through national media, audiences connected with her emotions and she received support from many sectors.She was awarded the Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award in 2011. Realizing the interventions her individual story initiated against trafficking when she shared it, she hopes to bring many more changes against social evils through TSK’s productions.
Ms. Durga Banjade, Executive Board Member
Ms. Durga is passionate about women’s meaningful participation in policy making. She currently works at the National Planning Commission of Nepal as a Policy Officer where she advocates for pro-women policies and programs. She believes that stories help inspire collective actions which lead to participatory policy making. Durga holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has completed her second Master’s Degree in International Studies (Women and Development) from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea under an EWHA KOICA Fellowship.
Ms. Sangita Mayur, Program Officer
Ms. Sangita has more than 8 years of experience working on issues being faced by women, youth, and members of marginalized communities. She is an expert and trainer in appreciative enquiry, composite heritage, gender, and violence against women. She holds a Master’s degree in rural development from Tribhuwan University and is currently pursuing her second Master’s degree in gender studies.
Ms. Sujata Dhungana, Program Associate
Ms. Sujata is the co-founder of Radio Udaypur, a community radio station run and managed by women in the Udaypur district of Nepal. Ms. Dhungana brings 6 years of experience producing radio programs addressing gender issues, particularly violence against women, as well as extensive technical expertise. She is skilled at conducting interviews on sensitive issues, radio program production and script writing for radio. Sujata is currently perusing her Master’s’ degree in gender studies.
Ms. Rosha Shrestha, Monitoring Evaluation and Communication Associate
Ms. Rosha has more than three years of experience working in the areas of agriculture, livelihood, and women’s empowerment. She holds a Master’s degree in development studies from the Kathmandu University School of Arts.
Mr. Purnanada Sharma, Administrative and Finance Coordinator
Mr. Purnananda has more than 21 years of experience in the field of Admin and finance management. He has worked in remote parts of Nepal with a variety of NGOs. He holds a undergraduate degree in Commerce from the Tribhuwan University
Ms. Emily Dickey, Luce Scholar
Ms. Emily is supporting The Story Kitchen through the Luce Scholars Program, an American fellowship intended to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Emily comes to TSK having recently spent a Fulbright year in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, where she created collaborative video projects with members of the Innu communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish. Previously, she worked for her alma mater as Director of the Willamette University-Chemawa Indian School Partnership, a service learning program based on mutual teaching and learning.
Ms. Mohamaya Magar, Support Staff
Ms. Mohamaya has been working at TSK since its establishment. She provides support to Admin and Finance and program team.
The Story Kitchen is a not for profit distributing company registered in September 2012 under the Companies Act, 2006 Nepal.