Helicopter Crash 2006: Victim's Profiles



Dr Chandra Prasad Gurung

 
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Country Representative of WWF Nepal, Dr. Chandra Gurung
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Dr Chandra Prasad Gurung was the Country Representative of WWF Nepal from July 1999.

Born in Siklesh, a remote Gurung village in the Annapurna area, Chandra had a Master’s Degree in Rural Development Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and a PhD in Geography from the University of Hawaii.

Dr Gurung designed and implemented Nepal’s first community-based integrated conservation and development project, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, and also served as Member Secretary of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation.

He was awarded the Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland, the Birendra Aisworya Sewa Padak, the Order of the Golden Ark, the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu and the Mahendra Bidya Bhusan.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter and three sons.

Dr Harka Gurung

 
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Dr. Harka Gurung, Advisor - WWF Nepal
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Dr Harka Gurung served as an advisor to WWF Nepal and was associated with New ERA, a research and consultancy firm.

He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Patna College in India and had a Post Graduate Diploma in Geography and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His academic assignments include Demonstrator at the University of Edinburgh, Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, Lecturer at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and Visiting Fellow at the Population Institute, the East West Centre in Honolulu.

Dr Gurung served the government of Nepal at different times as Member and Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Minister of State for Education, Industry and Commerce, Tourism, Public Works and Transport. He was Director of the Asia Pacific Development Center, an inter-governmental organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Jennifer Headley

 
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Jennifer Headley
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Jenn worked as the WWF-UK’s Coordinator for Himalaya/South Asia Programme. She joined WWF-UK in August 2003. Prior to this, Jenn had worked with the Canadian government in Alaska, and in Nepal for two years, one of which was with WWF-Nepal supporting species conservation. She was based in Nepal in her current role, focused on community-based conservation in the Eastern Himalayas, since November 2005.

Jenn had a Bachelors Degree in Political Science & Philosophy from McMaster University in Canada, where she was the recipient of the McMaster Chancellor’s Scholarship and Director’s Award for Dedication to Residence Government. She also held a Masters Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 1996, where she received the Queen’s University Graduate Award.

Jennifer was an important part of the WWF Nepal family where she lent her expertise and supported important initiatives in the region.

She was a Canadian national who is survived by her parents and two sisters.

Yeshi Choden Lama

 
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Yeshi Lama, Senior Program Officer - Mountain
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Yeshi was part of the WWF Nepal family since 1997. She was responsible for administering, monitoring and reporting on our mountain programmes and projects. Yeshi completed her Master’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA.

Among her many achievements was co-authoring publications both in English and Tibetan languages some of which are: Medicinal Plants of Dolpo, Amchis' Knowledge and Conservation: Conservation of Plant Resources, Community Development and Training in Applied Ethnobotany at Shey-Phoksundo National Park and its Buffer Zone, Dolpa: Snow Leopards in Nepal (in Tibetan, with Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok) and Where There Is No Doctor: Building Capacity of the Himalayan Amchi a paper presented at the Rangelands Workshop organized by ICIMOD, Lhasa in May 2002.

Yeshi is survived by her husband and two children.

Dr Tirtha Man Maskey

 
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Dr. Tirtha Man Maskey, The Co-Chair of IUCN Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG)
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Dr Tirtha Man Maskey was the co-chair of IUCN Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG) before which he had a distinguished career in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation where he was the Director General.

A well-known and respected conservationist, Dr Maskey became a warden of Chitwan National Park in 1972. He completed his Master's Degree on Wildlife Management at the University of Michigan in 1978. He received a PhD in 1979 from the University of Florida for Wildlife and Range Management, specializing in Gharial Conservation. He discovered a new frog species, named Tomopterna maskeyi in his honour, and authored several important works.

Along with the prestigious Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, he also received various awards including the Order of Golden Ark and WWF’s highest award, the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal in 2005.

Dr Maskey is survived by his wife and two sons.

Matthew Preece

 
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Matthew Preece
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Matthew has been with WWF US since May 2006. He brought to WWF five years of domestic and international non-profit experience and consultancies in India, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, the Caribbean, Ecuador, and Mexico.

Mathew received his MB.S. Environmental Science, cum laude from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in the US.

He was an American national, and is survived by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Mingma Norbu Sherpa

 
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Mr. Mingma Norbu Sherpa
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Mingma Sherpa was the Managing Director of the Eastern Himalayas Ecoregion Complex at WWF US.

He was one of the first students to have graduated from the Hillary Khumjung School. Mingma went on to receive a diploma in Parks and Recreation from Lincoln College, University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.

He served as the park warden for Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. He joined WWF as the director of the Himalayan program for WWF's Nepal, Bhutan and Himalayan Program. He was the Country Representative of WWF Bhutan and Nepal for six years prior to his move to the United States in 1998.

Mingma was a recipient of the Gorkha Dhaksin Bahu medal and the Order of the Golden Ark Award from His Royal Highness Prince Bernard of the Netherlands.

Mingma is survived by his wife and a son and daughter.

Dr Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer

 
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Jill Bowling, Director of Programmes - WWF UK
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Jill worked as WWF-UK Director of Programmes, a role she has held since July 2004.

WWF-UK is a member of the WWF network, which works in over 100 countries. Jill leads the work of WWF-UK to support conservation programmes around the world and also within the UK tackling global threats, such as climate change through business and government advocacy strategies.

Jill joined WWF-UK from WWF-International where she was Deputy Director the Forests Programme for two years. Prior to that, she worked as a Director at the International Federation of Building and Wood Workers in Switzerland, in the Oregon Department of Forestry (USA) and in the Australian Federal Public Service.

While educated in Australia Jill had dual Swiss and Australian nationality. She was married to Rodolph Shlaepfer and had permanent residence in Switzerland.