Nilu Puri Basnyat is DAI’s country representative in Nepal, where she provides strategic advice to the firm, establishes and maintains networks and key relationships, strengthens DAI’s positioning in and support for the development sector, facilitates project delivery, and works to mitigate risk. An experienced program manager and technical specialist in the governance, environment, and water sectors, she has 25 years of experience. As a technical expert she has strengthened Nepal’s ability to manage water resources for multiple uses and users, through climate change adaptation and the conservation of freshwater biodiversity; supported the Election Commission of Nepal to enhance its legal framework, organizational capacity, planning and conduct of elections, and delivery of voter education; supported peace and democracy in Nepal’s conflict-prone areas; and worked to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in hydropower development.

Nilu previously worked on various short-term assignments with the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and WaterAid on environmental and water resources management projects in Nepal. From 1998 to 2002, she worked as an environmental engineer on watershed management, overseeing storm and sewer management projects.



Daniel O’Neil

Daniel O’Neil has more than 30 years of experience directing a wide range of international development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

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