Taking the Gender-agenda Forward in Global Health

Women in Global Health Norway in collaboration with the Centre for Global Health, UiO is pleased to announce a joint event to mark International Women's Day 2021 and the conception of a national chapter of Women in Global Health in Nepal.

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The global movement of Women in Global Health (WGH) is working towards establishing a national chapter in Nepal. The Secretariat of the chapter will be at the School of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu University (KU) in Dhulikhel with WGH Norway as its mentoring partner. The chapter will support the global platform to connect, further strengthen and advocate for gender equality in global health within academia and the public and private sectors in Nepal.

The main objective of this online event is to mark International Women's Day 2021 by taking the gender-agenda in health forward. It is an opportunity to share the rich experiences of women from different sectors as much work is still needed to reach gender parity in leadership across high-level positions in academia, non-governmental institutions and private sector institutions related to global health.



Time Title Speaker
10.15 Welcome Prof. Bernadette Nirmal Kumar | Advisory Group WGH Norway, Advisor Empower School of Health, Affiliate Professor KU, Co-Chair Lancet Migration, Chair Global Society MERH 

Prof. Dr. Ram K.M. Shrestha | Executive Director and Founder, Kathmandu University


Panel 1

Keynotes: GOING FORWARD - Career and Life Journeys

Chairperson: Ambica Shrestha | President, Dwarika’s Hotels and Resorts

Keynote Speakers:

  • Eva Turk | Advisory Group, WGH Norway
  • Samiksha Rai | President, Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Kathmandu Chapter
  •  Prof. Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami | Professor, University of Essex

Panel 2

GETTING THERE - Inspiration and Motivation

Chairperson: Ingeborg K. Haavardsson | Leader, WGH Norway, Managing Director, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo


  • Dr. Lhamo Sherpa |
  • Radhika Halder | Geopolitical Intelligence Analyst, MitKat Advisory
  • Monika Scheiblauer | General Manager, Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu

Panel 3

EMPOWERMENT – Facilitators and Factors for Success

Greeting: Prof. Lars Lien | Leader of National Norwegian Advisory Board for Concurrent Addiction and Mental Health Problems

Chairperson: Urvashi Khemka | Vice-Chair, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation and Ritu Halder | Consultant, Empower School of Health


  • Candela Iglesias Chiesa | Advisory Group WGH Norway, Founder, Alanda Health
  • Nivedha | (Prize winner from India -Waste mgmt.) (TBC)
  • Dr. Saraswati Dhungana | Mental Health Specialist, Tribhuvan University
  • Dr. Poonam Rishal | Kathmandu University 

Panel 4

ENABLE AND ENGAGE – Overcoming Challenges

Chairperson:  Dr. Jeanette H. Magnus | Director Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo


  • Dr. Vinutha Silvanus | Head of Department, Nepal Medical College
  • Dr. Miriam Orcutt | Executive Director, Lancet Migration 
  • Devika Shekhawat | Founder & CEO, Dhara Shakti Foundation, tGELF 
  • Dr. Sushila Chatterjee Nepali |
11.40 Closing Remarks
  • Prof. Paul Lalvani | Dean and Director, Empower School of Health
  • Prof. Saroj Ojha | Head of Department (Psychiatry), Tribhuvan University
  • Ass. Prof. Suraj Thapa | Head - Division of Mental Health & Addiction, Institute of Clinical Medicine and NORPART Project leader, University of Oslo

Moderators: Prof. Bernadette Kumar and Dr. Biraj Man Karmacharya


Women in Global Health Norway and Team establishing WGH Nepal
Published Mar. 4, 2021 12:28 PM - Last modified Mar. 8, 2021 10:47 AM